2008-10-07 — bloomberg.com
The Federal Reserve will create a special fund to purchase U.S. commercial paper after the credit crunch threatened to cut off a key source of funding for corporations.
The Treasury will make a deposit with the Fed's New York district bank to help set up the special purpose vehicle. The central bank will also lend to the program at policy makers' target rate for overnight loans between banks. The Fed Board invoked emergency powers to set up the unit, the central bank said in a statement released in Washington.
Today's action follows a slide in the commercial-paper market to a three-year low of $1.6 trillion last week as investors fled even companies with few links to the subprime mortgage crisis. Companies from newspaper firm Gannett Co. to electricity producer Southern Co. have been forced to tap credit lines or forego raising debt because of the market's disruption.
The Fed didn't say how much commercial paper, which hundreds of companies use to finance payrolls and meet other cash needs, it plans to purchase.
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