Press Release

Statement Regarding Planned Purchases of Agency Debt

September 19, 2008

The Federal Reserve has announced that the Open Market Trading Desk (Desk) will begin purchasing short-term debt obligations issued by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Home Loan Banks in the secondary market for the System Open Market Account.

Similar to secondary market purchases of Treasury securities, purchases of Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and Federal Home Loan Bank debt will be conducted with the Federal Reserve’s primary dealers through a series of competitive auctions via the Desk's FedTrade system. A series of purchase operations are planned over the next several weeks.

Contact:
Andrew Williams
(212) 720-6143
(646) 720-6143
andrew.williams@ny.frb.org