NEW YORK, Aug 11 (Reuters) - The Federal Reserve bought $5.161 billion of agency mortgage-backed securities in the week from Aug. 3 to Aug. 9, compared with $7.281 billion purchased the previous week, the New York Federal Reserve Bank said on Friday.
In a move to help the housing market begun in October 2011, the U.S. central bank has been using funds from principal payments
on the agency debt and agency mortgage-backed securities, or MBS, it holds to reinvest in agency MBS.
The New York Fed said on its website the Fed sold no mortgage securities guaranteed by Fannie Mae,
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Freddie Mac or the Government National Mortgage Association, or Ginnie Mae, in the latest week. It sold none the prior week.