Monday, February 2, 2009

MBS Tally 70 Billion So Far

Broker Universe reports that the Feds have so far purchased $70 billion in GSE (government sponsored enterprise) mortgage-backed securities.  It's part of what might be upwards of $500 billion spent in this way to help push down rates and, thus, help stabilize the housing market.  

The Fed purchases began in early January.  And they've had some success.  From the article:

"The Fed succeeded in narrowing the spread between the 10-year Treasury rate and mortgage rates, according to Mahesh Swaminathan, a Credit Suisse mortgage strategist. "The Fed's buying of mortgages is definitely a positive on the whole, but it doesn't guarantee lower mortgage rates if Treasury rates continue to sell off," he said."

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