The market put on a good show this week, rallying in the face of $57 billion in new Treasury supply. It also got some help from the Fed, which bought $7.5 billion of Treasuries and $2.7 billion of Agencies in Open Market Operations earlier in the week. This afternoon it announced that for the week as a whole it bought a net of $33 billion in MBS paper through its asset managers in transactions which are not restricted to Primary Dealers, and PD data released today suggests that they are not involved in selling this paper to the Fed. In addition, the Fed did not settle any MBS purchases this week after closing on $168 billion last week. In fact, in a quick review of the just released H41, the Fed did very little to boost the markets this week. The new TALF program was a dud.
While these limited operations probably helped to buoy the market, on the other hand, FCBs did not give the market much help, adding only $5 billion to their Treasury holdings while cutting GSE holdings yet again. (details to be posted tomorrow).
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