The Federal Reserve announced that it will set up a Commercial Paper Funding Facility to bolster liquidity in commercial paper market.
The central bank said it will create a special purpose vehicle, under the direction of the Treasury, to purchase short-term, high-quality unsecured debts issued by companies.
Commercial paper markets directly finance a wide range of economic activity, supplying credit and funding for auto loans and mortgages as well as liquidity to meet the operational needs of a range of companies, as mentioned by the Fed.
The Fed hopes to boost liquidity in the commercial paper market which is facing risks from the Coronavirus crisis. The Treasury will provide $10 billion of credit protection to the Federal Reserve in connection with the commercial paper facility.