Fed expands corporate-debt backstops, unveils new programs to aid states, cities and small businesses; RLG Founder Jordan Rose says programs will be “incredibly helpful”

By Nick Timiraos | Wall Street Journal

The Federal Reserve unveiled an array of programs Thursday that it said would provide $2.3 trillion in loans, expanding the Fed’s operations to reach small and midsize businesses and U.S. cities and states.

The Fed also said it would expand previously announced corporate lending programs to include some classes of riskier debt that had been excluded, including allowing firms that until recently had been rated as investment-grade to participate in those facilities.

They take the Fed well beyond the lender-of-last-resort functions it played in 2008 to prevent a financial panic from deepening the economic downturn and rely on hundreds of billions of dollars in Treasury money that Congress made available in the recent $2 trillion economic-relief legislation.

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“We are very pleased to see the federal government expanding the program for businesses over 500. This will be incredibly helpful.” ~ Jordan Rose, Founder of Rose Law Group

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