EDMUND L. ANDREWS and MICHAEL M. GRYNBAUM
The New York Times
October 7, 2008
WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve announced a radical new plan on Tuesday to jump-start the engine of the financial system.
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The Fed said in a statement that it would begin to buy large amounts of short-term debt in an effort to stimulate the credit markets, which have all but dried up.
Under the program, the Fed said that it would buy the unsecured short-term debt that companies rely on to finance their day-to-day activities. “This facility should encourage investors to once again engage in term lending in the commercial paper market,” the Fed said Tuesday in a statement. “An improved commercial paper market will enhance the ability of financial intermediaries to accommodate the credit needs of businesses and households.”
While the move will put more taxpayer dollars at risk, it underscores the growing sense of urgency felt by policy makers in a climate where lending has virtually dried up. The Commercial Paper Funding Facility, “will complement the Federal Reserve’s existing credit facilities to help provide liquidity to term funding markets,” the statement said.
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