Discussion Paper

Who Buys Treasuries When the Fed Reduces its Holdings

Abstract: The Federal Reserve began to decrease the size of its balance sheet in June 2022, entering a phase of "balance sheet reduction" that continues today. In this note, we determine which sectors absorbed the resulting increased supply of Treasury coupon securities. We find that, during the first balance sheet reduction period between 2017 and 2019, dealers, households, and hedge funds bought significantly more Treasury coupons. However, during the post-pandemic balance sheet reduction period, it appears that dealers, private insurance, and the rest of the world purchased the Treasury coupon securities from the reduction in Federal Reserve purchases, not hedge funds.


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Provider: Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (U.S.)

Part of Series: FEDS Notes

Publication Date: 2024-06-14

Number: 2024-06-14-3