Agency MBS Transaction Summary

On September 13, 2012, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) directed the Open Market Trading Desk (the Desk) at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to begin purchasing additional agency MBS at a pace of $40 billion per month. The FOMC also directed the Desk to maintain its existing policy of reinvesting principal payments from the Federal Reserve's holdings of agency debt and agency MBS in agency MBS. The FOMC noted that these actions should put downward pressure on longer-term interest rates, support mortgage markets, and help to make broader financial conditions more accommodative.

Gross purchases from October 31 through November 6: $14,000 million
Sales (dollar rolls) from October 31 through November 6: $400 million
Net purchases from October 31 through November 6: $13,600 million

All amounts reflect current face

Purchases summarize all trades executed during the indicated period including purchases associated with dollar rolls.

Transactions ($ million)
Settlement Month
30 Year
3.5 Dec 2,250 3,600 100 2,200
4 Dec 1,050 2,600 0 450
4.5 Dec 400 0 0 0
15 Year
2.5 Dec 100 100 0 0
3 Dec 400 750 0 0
Total 4,200 7,050 100 2,650
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