Federal Reserve boosts cash auctions to $900 Billion and may do more

October 6, 2008 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Economic News 

Imagine a who lot of money being printed and then a whole lot more. This is not a dream, they are turning on the faucets and firing up the helicopter. The Fed is not going down without a fight and they got a bazooka and plenty of ammo to try and quell the markets. It will not work in the end because of the United States’ fundamental problems.


The Federal Reserve will double its auctions of cash to banks to as much as $900 billion and is considering further steps to unfreeze short-term lending markets as the credit crunch deepens.

“The Federal Reserve stands ready to take additional measures as necessary to foster liquid money-market conditions,” the central bank said in a statement released in Washington today. Fed and Treasury officials are “consulting with market participants on ways to provide additional support for term unsecured funding markets,” the statement said.

Today’s steps follow a hoarding of cash by banks that sent the premium on the three-month London interbank offered rate over the Fed’s benchmark interest rate to a record. Industrial companies are also finding it harder to raise cash after the market for commercial paper shrank to a three-year low as investors flee even borrowers with few links to mortgages.

“It is pretty much all out war,” said Christopher Rupkey, chief financial economist at Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ Ltd., New York. “They are pulling out all the stops to try and get borrowers and lenders to meet and do transactions once again.”

Implementing part of last week’s emergency legislation to shore up the financial industry, the Fed said today it will begin paying interest on the cash reserves banks hold at the central bank. The step should give Fed officials greater power to inject cash into banks without interfering with their benchmark interest rate, which stands at 2 percent.

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