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Auctions implemented by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York during the Great Recession


  • Olivier Armantier
  • John Sporn


During the Great Recession, the Federal Reserve implemented several novel programs to address adverse conditions in financial markets. Three of these temporary programs relied on an auction mechanism: the Term Auction Facility, the Term Securities Lending Facility, and the disposition of the Maiden Lane II portfolio. These auctions differed from one another in several dimensions: their objectives, rules, and the financial asset being traded. The object of this paper is to document, compare, and provide a rationale for the mechanics of the different auctions implemented by the Federal Reserve during the Great Recession.

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  • Olivier Armantier & John Sporn, 2013. "Auctions implemented by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York during the Great Recession," Staff Reports 635, Federal Reserve Bank of New York.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fednsr:635

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    Financial crises ; Auctions ; Recessions ; Federal Reserve System;

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