Fed balance sheet tops $8 trillion for first time -data Reuters via biedexmarkets.com


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: The Federal Reserve building is pictured in Washington, DC, U.S., August 22, 2018. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

By Kate Duguid

NEW YORK (Reuters) -The Federal Reserve’s balance sheet topped $8 trillion for the first time, weekly data published on Thursday by the U.S. central bank on its holdings showed.

The report also showed the Fed appears to have sold around $160 million of its corporate debt holdings since Monday (NASDAQ:), following the announcement it would unwind its nearly $14 billion corporate credit portfolio. As a first step, the central bank began selling its stakes in 16 bond exchange-traded funds on Monday.

The Fed’s credit facility was just one of many emergency measures launched last spring to shore up financial markets badly shaken by the coronavirus pandemic’s rapid spread and disruption to the economy. While the Fed’s backstop restored liquidity to the credit market, the facility was ultimately little used and the sale of its holdings is not expected to have serious effects on the market.

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