Bernanke Says MBS Purchase Plan ‘Is a Viable Option’

“The housing sector is a very important sector,” and “so I do think purchases of mortgage- backed securities is a viable option” to help the industry and the economy, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke said today in a press conference.

Those purchases are “certainly something we would consider if conditions” are appropriate.

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