Transcripts of the monetary policymaking body of the Federal Reserve from 2002–2008.

No, I don’t think that is quite right. We are in basically a market disequilibrium, where the traditional buyers of these securities have vanished. In a normal market environment, it would be completely reasonable to lend against these securities on a leveraged basis. But the people who would do that lending—banks and dealers—are balance sheet constrained, and that is why they are not willing to make those loans. If we had a normal banking and dealer situation today in which they were willing to extend loans to their counterparties, they would be providing the leverage. But that is just not happening.

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