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IPFS News Link • Federal Reserve

And the Winner Is…Not You

• by Joseph Solis-Mullen

For, unlike its top rivals for this most dubious of distinctions, like the CIA, NSA, or DOD, which do their law bending and money wasting largely of sight and out of mind, the nation's money supply is so ubiquitous, so ever-present in the lives of the ordinary person that its activities must of necessity take place before the public eye. Hence, the gradual development of Fed Speak; that is, the art of speaking so technocratically that none but the most arcanely initiated have any hope of understanding what is being said or done.

Consider a few commonplace examples, which one can find in the regularly published minutes of the Federal Reserve's meetings:

The Fed will "conduct overnight reverse repurchase agreement operations at an offering rate of 0.8 percent and with a per-counterparty limit of $160 billion per day," and further "engage in dollar roll and coupon swap transactions as necessary to facilitate settlement of the Federal Reserve's agency MBS transactions."

Mm-hm. Yes. Indeed—perfectly clear.

Translated: the Fed intends to "buy and then sell back at a set date and price any qualifying security from any qualifying corporation or institution," essentially, a futures contract meant to help operations that are either illiquid or overleveraged stay in business; and, further towards that end, the Fed intends to "continue to sell short various portions of its now nearly $3 trillion in mortgage backed security holdings," again in an effort to help illiquid or highly levered dealers and traders of these securities stay liquid.