Secondary Market Corporate Credit Facility

As of December 31, 2020, the SMCCF ceased purchasing eligible assets. On June 7, 2021, the SMCCF began winding down the portfolio and, as of August 31, 2021, all of its holdings of corporate bonds and ETFs have either matured or have been sold.
The Secondary Market Corporate Credit Facility (SMCCF) was established to support credit to large employers by providing liquidity for outstanding corporate bonds.

The SMCCF, which was announced on March 23, 2020, supported market liquidity for corporate debt by purchasing corporate bonds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs) in the secondary market through the date of its closure on December 31, 2020. As specified in the term sheet, the SMCCF purchased corporate bonds to create a corporate bond portfolio that was based on a broad, diversified market index of U.S. corporate bonds and purchased U.S.-listed ETFs whose investment objective was to provide broad exposure to the market for U.S. corporate bonds.

To establish the facility, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York financed a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to purchase eligible corporate bonds and eligible ETFs in the secondary market. The Department of the Treasury made an equity investment in the SPV. The SMCCF was established by the Federal Reserve under the authority of Section 13(3) of the Federal Reserve Act, with approval of the Treasury Secretary.

The SMCCF began gradual and orderly sales of its holdings of corporate bond ETFs on June 7, 2021 and of its holdings of corporate bonds on July 12, 2021. As of August 31, 2021, all of SMCCF's holdings of corporate bonds and ETFs have either matured or have been sold. The SMCCF transacted the sales with Eligible Sellers, which include those institutions that were designated as Eligible Sellers prior to December 31, 2020 and those counterparties that were added for the sales of ETFs and corporate bonds by the SMCCF.


Vendors

On March 24, 2020, the New York Fed retained BlackRock Financial Markets Advisory as a third-party vendor to serve as the investment manager for this facility. BlackRock was selected for this role after considering its expertise with purchasing large amounts of all relevant types of corporate debt issuance and corporate bonds in the secondary market, deep knowledge and substantial experience in the corporate debt markets, and robust operational and technological capabilities. On February 4, 2021, the New York Fed notified BlackRock that it would be replacing BlackRock as the cash investment manager and had identified a new vendor to perform that role going forward.

On April 15, 2020, the New York Fed retained State Street Bank & Trust Company (State Street) as a third-party vendor to serve as the custodian and administrator for this facility. State Street was selected for this role after evaluating its response to a request for proposals (RFP), which considered implementation and operational capabilities, as well as overall qualifications needed to support the facility.

On February 8, 2021, the New York Fed announced it had engaged Payden & Rygel as a third party vendor to serve as cash investment manager for this facility. Payden & Rygel was selected following the completion of a previously announced competitive procurement process.

Quarterly reports on the costs associated with the vendors supporting this facility are available in Vendor Information.

Facility Agreements

Announcements
New York Fed Announces the Start of Secondary Market Corporate Credit Facility Corporate Bond Sales on July 12
July 8, 2021

New York Fed Announces the Start of Secondary Market Corporate Credit Facility ETF Sales on June 7
June 3, 2021

Federal Reserve Board Announces Plans to Begin Winding Down the Portfolio of the Secondary Market Corporate Credit Facility
June 2, 2021

New York Fed Completes Competitive Procurement Process for Cash Investment Manager for the Secondary Market Corporate Credit Facility
February 8, 2021

New York Fed Launches Prequalification Process for Corporate Bond and ETF Investment Management Services for Secondary Market Corporate Credit Facility as Part of Multiphase Competitive Procurement Process
February 1, 2021

New York Fed Selects Additional Firms To Broaden its Counterparty Base for CPFF and SMCCF
November 6, 2020

New York Fed Selects Additional Firms to Broaden its Counterparty Base for CPFF and SMCCF
October 23, 2020

New York Fed Begins Competitive Procurement Process for Certain Vendor Roles Supporting Emergency Lending Facilities and Programs
October 5, 2020

New York Fed Announces the First Wave of Firms Selected To Broaden its Counterparty Base for CPFF and SMCCF
September 9, 2020

Federal Reserve Board Announces an Extension through December 31 of its Lending Facilities that were Scheduled to Expire on or around September 30
July 28, 2020

New York Fed Looks to Expand 13(3) Facilities Counterparties and Agents for CPFF, SMCCF and TALF
July 23, 2020

Federal Reserve Board Announces Expansion of Counterparties in the Term Asset-Backed Securities Loan Facility, Secondary Market Corporate Credit Facility, and Commercial Paper Funding Facility
July 23, 2020

New York Fed Announces Start of Additional Secondary Market Corporate Credit Facility Purchases on June 16
June 15, 2020

New York Fed Announces Start of Certain Secondary Market Corporate Credit Facility Purchases on May 12
May 11, 2020

New York Fed Releases Additional Information on Primary Market and Secondary Market Corporate Credit Facilities in Preparation for Series of May Launches
May 4, 2020

New York Fed Releases Frequently Asked Questions on the Primary Market and Secondary Market Corporate Credit Facilities
April 17, 2020

Federal Reserve Takes Additional Actions to Provide Up to $2.3 Trillion in Loans to Support the Economy
April 9, 2020

Federal Reserve Announces Extensive New Measures to Support the Economy
March 23, 2020

Reporting

Video: The Corporate Credit Facilities, Explained

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Contacts

Contact for General Inquiries
smccf@ny.frb.org

Contacts for Media Inquiries
Suzanne Elio
suzanne.elio@ny.frb.org

Betsy Bourassa
betsy.bourassa@ny.frb.org

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