On March 20, 2019, the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) provided additional information on the plans for its securities holdings through its Balance Sheet Normalization Principles and Plans. As of October 2019, the payments of capital received from the agency’s debt and the holdings of the MBS agency will be reinvested in Treasury securities through purchases in the secondary market, subject to a maximum amount of $ 20 billion per month; any capital payment exceeding $ 20 billion will continue to be reinvested in the MBS agency. Purchases of Treasury securities will initially be made in a range of maturities to roughly match the maturity composition of outstanding Treasury securities. The FOMC will review this reinvestment plan in relation to its deliberations on the long-term composition of the SOMA portfolio.
Under this guidance, the Open Market Trading Desk of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York plans to distribute reinvestment purchases of the secondary market Treasury in eleven different sectors, including nominal coupons, notes, securities protected against Treasury inflation and Floating Rate Notes The approximate amount of purchases in each sector will be determined by the sector’s weights. These sectoral weights will be based on the 12-month average of the nominal amount of outstanding Treasury securities in each sector in relation to the total amount outstanding in all sectors, measured at the end of September.
The monthly amount of the reinvestment purchases of the Treasury will be announced around the ninth business day of each month and purchases will generally be made during the period of one month until the next announcement. The Office will also launch a tentative schedule of purchase operations that are expected to take place during the monthly period. The Desk plans to launch the first purchase operations program on October 11, 2019.
You can find additional information about the reinvestment purchases of the Treasury in the following places:
Frequently Asked Questions: Treasury Reinvestments – Purchases »
Statement on the reinvestment in treasury and MBS values of the agency »