The Fed just lowered interest rates yesterday by 0.25%. I haven't heard anyone mentioning a resurgence of quantitative easing (QE).

Are they buying bonds in order to influence the interest rate? If so, where can we find the dollar amount of bonds they are buying and over what time frame?

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    I disagree that this is off-topic, because QE, interest rates, etc all affect Personal Finance.
    – RonJohn
    Sep 19, 2019 at 20:43
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    These are two separate issues. The Fed funds rate is rate at which depository institutions lend other depository institutions overnight. Quantitative easing is where the Fed purchases bonds or other securities to increase the money supply and encourage lending. Also, agree that this question is not off topic. Sep 19, 2019 at 21:10
  • @BobBaerker The Fed does not directly control rates. It does so through open market operations. I don't believe they are separate issues.
    – jyapx
    Sep 19, 2019 at 21:15
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    The Fed funds rate influences the rates offered by banks and credit institutions to businesses and consumers and has a direct effect on the economy. It does not change the money supply which QE does. Sep 19, 2019 at 21:38
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    While potentially on-topic here, asking this on economics.SE may also get answers. Sep 20, 2019 at 14:52


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