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The Federal Reserve's Commercial Paper Funding Facility

Tobias Adrian (), Karin Kimbrough and Dina Marchioni

No 423, Staff Reports from Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Abstract: The Federal Reserve created the Commercial Paper Funding Facility (CPFF) in the midst of severe disruptions in money markets following the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers on September 15, 2008. The CPFF finances the purchase of highly rated unsecured and asset-backed commercial paper from eligible issuers via primary dealers. The facility is a liquidity backstop to U.S. issuers of commercial paper, and its creation was part of a range of policy actions undertaken by the Federal Reserve to provide liquidity to the financial system. This paper documents aspects of the financial crisis relevant to the creation of the CPFF, reviews the operation of the CPFF, discusses use of the facility, and draws conclusions for lender-of-last-resort facilities in a market-based financial system.

Keywords: Federal Reserve System; Commercial paper; Financial crises; Liquidity (Economics); Federal Reserve Bank of New York (search for similar items in EconPapers)
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Date: 2010
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