Federal Reserve to lend up to $300B to businesses, cities
In a series of sweeping steps, the Fed will lend to small and large businesses and local governments as well as extend its bond buying programs.
It’s all part of the Fed’s ongoing efforts to support the flow of credit through an economy ravaged by the viral outbreak.
The Fed said Monday that it will set up three new lending facilities that will provide up to $300 billion by purchasing corporate bonds, buying a wider range of municipal bonds, and purchasing asset-backed securities.
It also says it will buy an unlimited amount of Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities in an effort hold down interest rates and ensure those markets function smoothly.