The Fed Bought MBS Starting in 2000
April 18, 2009 · Posted in Monetary Economics
The following is rather commonplace to people who understand the financial crisis. I just felt it necessary to refresh people’s memories since for some reason no one in the mainstream seems to point this out.
What caused this? It was of course due to the fact that the Federal Reserve Bank decided in August 1999 to add Mortgage Backed securities to its portfolio:
The broader range of collateral approved by the Committee for repurchase transactions included mainly pass–through mortgage securities of GNMA, FHLMC, and FNMA, STRIP securities of the U.S. Treasury, and “stripped” securities of other federal government agencies.
John Paul Koning has this chart on the mises.org site:
Should it be a surprise to anyone, then, that what ensued was a period of reckless speculation in and issuance of these types of securities and their derivatives?
So what should we do to avoid such a disaster in future? The solution is simple. Audit the fed, expose its disastrous policies, and get rid of it once and for all.