|The following frequently asked questions (FAQs) provide further information about the Federal Reserve's additional asset purchases of agency mortgage-backed securities (MBS) and the reinvestment of principal payments from agency securities.
Effective August 5, 2014
Why is the Desk purchasing agency MBS?
For more information on Treasury purchases, please see Frequently Asked Questions for purchases of Longer-term Treasury Securities.
What types of agency MBS will the Desk purchase?
What explains changes in the total current face value of agency MBS held in the SOMA?
How much will the Desk purchase each month in agency MBS associated with the additional asset purchases and how will this be communicated?
How much will the Desk purchase each month in agency MBS associated with the reinvestment program and how will this be communicated?
How would a change in the FOMC directive be reflected in the published purchase amounts?
Will the Federal Reserve conduct agency MBS dollar rolls or coupon swaps?
Would agency MBS dollar roll or coupon swap transactions reduce the amount of total outright agency MBS purchases?
Does the Federal Reserve assess the TMPG agency MBS fails charge?
Will principal payments from other Federal Reserve holdings, such as those held in the Maiden Lane portfolios, be reinvested in agency MBS?
How will transactions of agency MBS affect the New York Fed's aggregation of agency MBS CUSIPs in the SOMA portfolio announced in January 2011?
Who is eligible to transact in agency MBS with the Federal Reserve?
How will agency MBS transactions be conducted?
FedTrade operations will be conducted using multiple-price competitive auctions, with each primary dealer able to submit up to ten offers on each security in an operation. Offers in FedTrade operations will be evaluated based on their proximity to prevailing market prices at the auction close. Transactions conducted over Tradeweb will be executed through a competitive bidding process and in line with standard market practices.
What is a "multiple-price" auction?
How often will purchases take place?
How will the tentative schedule of FedTrade operations be communicated?
What is the minimum offer amount per security that a dealer may submit over FedTrade?
How many offers per security can a dealer submit during a purchase operation over FedTrade?
Does the Federal Reserve require the posting of margin for unsettled agency MBS trades?
Whom should dealers call if they experience difficulties during a FedTrade operation?
Under what circumstances may the Federal Reserve conduct agency MBS dollar rolls?
Under what circumstances may the Federal Reserve conduct agency MBS coupon swaps?
Will the Federal Reserve use investment managers, or other vendors, to conduct agency MBS transactions?
How will the Desk communicate the FedTrade operation results?
How will the Desk communicate all agency MBS transaction details?
How are the Federal Reserve's holdings of agency MBS reported?
Will the Desk release operation pricing results?