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Fed issues Bank Term Funding Program FAQs

Bank Regulatory Federal Issues Federal Reserve

On March 13, the Federal Reserve Board issued FAQs on its Bank Term Funding Program, which launched March 12, to provide additional funding to eligible depository institutions in order to meet depositors’ needs. The program will serve as an additional source of liquidity against high-quality securities, and will eliminate the need for an institution to quickly sell those securities in times of stress. Loans of up to one year in length will be made available to “banks, savings associations, credit unions, and other eligible depository institutions pledging U.S. Treasuries, agency debt and mortgage-backed securities, and other qualifying assets as collateral.” The Fed said in its announcement that it “is closely monitoring conditions across the financial system and is prepared to use its full range of tools to support households and businesses, and will take additional steps as appropriate.”