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With the Fed buying what are probably CDOs and buying them at face value, or par, they are effectively trading new high powered money for trash at 50 cents on the dollar. So the TBTF entity gets cash for its illiquid asset. If, as likely, the operation is a repo the Fed, in theory, could demand that the recipient buy the 'asset' back. This probably doesn't constrain the recipient of QE because the exercise of that right by the Fed on any significant scale could bankrupt the bank, and, in any case, the whole point of the exercise was to help the financial sector.

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon May 19th, 2014 at 12:33:14 PM EST
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