Assets held by the Federal Reserve

Starting in late 2008, the Federal Reserve took unconventional steps to prop up the financial system and the economy. The Fed has printed money to buy assets, such as mortgage-backed securities, and keeps those assets on its balance sheet -- which has exploded since September 2008 and could expand further if the central bank undertakes more steps to support growth.

Starting in late 2008, the Federal Reserve took unconventional  steps to prop up the financial system and the economy.

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