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Fed Unleashes Unprecedented Measures to Shore Up Reeling Economy

  • Central bank unveils slew of efforts for household, employers
  • Fed to announce soon a small business Main Street loan program
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Fed Signals Unlimited QE With All-In Pledge
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The Federal Reserve, racing again to contain mounting economic and financial-market fallout from the coronavirus, unveiled a sweeping series of measures that pushed the 106-year old central bank deeper into uncharted territory.

In a surprise announcement Monday before markets opened in New York, the U.S. central bank said it will buy unlimited amounts of Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities to keep borrowing costs at rock-bottom levels -- and to help ensure chaotic markets function properly. It also set up programs to ensure credit flows to corporations as well as state and local governments.