Hedge funds can now borrow from Fed

FierceFinance – The government is committed to keeping the wheels of consumer credit greased. To that end, it has launched a $200 billion effort to support the market for consumer receivables. 

The Fed announced it will "offer low-cost three-year funding to any U.S. company investing in securitized consumer loans under the Term Asset-backed Securities Loan Facility (TALF)," reports the Financial Times

"This includes hedge funds, which have never been able to borrow from the U.S. central bank before." The TALF will likely be expanded to cover mortgage-backed securities next year. We’ll have to see if this really adds liquidity to the secondary markets.

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