When the US Federal Reserve did quantitative easing the Federal Reserve had multiple choices to go about it. They could have simply brought government bonds and thus benefit the US Treasury. Instead of doing that they brought other assets as well.

How much did banks and other actors profit from the buying of other assets over a scenario where the Federal Reserve would have channeled all newly introduced money into treasury bills?

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    It's a good question but offtopic here imho. Maybe Quant.SE?
    – user4012
    Feb 9, 2018 at 16:38
  • @user4012: Why is it offtopic? It's about a political decision to allocate huge amounts of money.
    – Christian
    Feb 9, 2018 at 16:39
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    Because this is predominantly an economic question. The Fed is one of the least political institutions in the US
    – Machavity
    Feb 9, 2018 at 16:52
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    @user4012 : The fact that someone pretends their decisions are apolitical doesn't mean that there aren't political implications of how a public instituation directs large sums of money.
    – Christian
    Feb 9, 2018 at 16:52
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    @user4012 I think this question should be ontopic here. Economic policies and analysis is part of politics too. Feb 12, 2018 at 10:00


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