Matched Sale Purchase Transactions

Definition:

Transcations in which the Federal Reserve sells a government security to a dealer or a foregin central bank and agrees to buy back the security to a dealer or a foreign central bank and agrees to buy back the security on a specified date (usually within seven days) at eh same price (the reverse of a repurchase agreement). Such transaction allow the Federal Reserve to temporarily absorb excess reserves from the banking system, limiting the ability of banks to make new loans and investments.

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Interfund transactions

Financial arrangements effected by payments made from one fund group (either Federal funds or trust funds) to another group.

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