BUSINESS Fed will buy short-term loans to try to ease flow of credit

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Fed will buy short-term loans to try to ease flow of credit

AP

23:06, March 17, 2020

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Trader Peter Tuchman works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange Monday, March 16, 2020. (Photo: AP)

The Federal Reserve says it will buy short-term loans from banks and companies to support the flow of credit as the economy grinds to a halt amid the viral outbreak. 

The Fed is reviving a program that it first used during the 2008 financial crisis to unclog a short-term lending market for what is known as “commercial paper.” Large businesses issue commercial paper to raise cash to meet payrolls and cover other short-term costs.

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