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Fed in market for Treasuries

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With short-term interest rates set at 0%-0.25%, one of the few ways left for the Federal Reserve Bank to affect US interest rates is through direct purchases of Treasuries. After hinting for several months, the Fed pulled the trigger on March 18, announcing a plan to purchase up to $300 billion longer-term Treasury securities over the next six months. Jay Feuerstein, CEO and CIO, 2100 Xenon Group LLC, says commodity trading advisors are being hurt by the buyback program because of two opposing forces.

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