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Fed Will Begin Buying Broad Portfolio of Corporate Bonds

  • New York Fed to begin buying from eligible sellers on Tuesday
  • Fed to adjust buying if market functioning shows improvement
The Marriner S. Eccles Federal Reserve building in Washington.
The Marriner S. Eccles Federal Reserve building in Washington.Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg
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The Federal Reserve said Monday that it will begin buying individual corporate bonds under its Secondary Market Corporate Credit Facility, an emergency lending program that to date has purchased only exchange-traded funds.

The central bank also spelled out for the first time how it plans to implement its buying strategy, saying it would follow a diversified market index of U.S. corporate bonds created expressly for the facility. The Fed built the index internally, and a spokesman couldn’t immediately say whether its details would be made public.