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The Fed just lowered interest rates yesterday by 0.25%. I haven't heard anyone mentioning a resurgence of quantitative easing (QE).

Is the Fed going to start buying bonds in order to influence the interest rate? If so, where can we find the dollar amount of bonds they are buying and over what time frame?


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There have been no such announcements as far as I know. The press release from the Federal Reserve mentions the following implementation details:

My guess is that if these efforts do not have enough of an effect, then quantitative easing might resume soon as hinted by Powell:

"It is certainly possible we will need to resume the organic growth of the balance sheet sooner than we thought," Powell told reporters during a press conference. - CNN

  • $\begingroup$ Thank you, I was able to find relevant information using the terminology you provided. So it seems the big hitter here is decreasing the interest rate on excess reserves, which should allow for the desired affect of increasing market liquidity by discouraging banks to park their excess reserves with the government and encourage them to lend to each other at a higher rate. $\endgroup$
    – jyapx
    Sep 20, 2019 at 14:10
  • $\begingroup$ Keep in mind that IOER has really only came in effect since 08, so fed must've had success to increase/decrease rates without using this mechanism. $\endgroup$
    – gtr32x
    Sep 21, 2019 at 10:51

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