Fed offers $100 billion more to commercial banks

WASHINGTON (AP) - March 28, 2008 The central bank said Friday it would make $50 billion available at each of two auctions on April 7 and April 21.

Through the end of March, the Fed has provided $260 billion in short-term loans to commercial banks through an innovative auction process. It also has employed Depression-era provisions to provide money to investment banks.

All the moves are designed to cope with a financial crisis that has roiled U.S. and global markets and caused the near-collapse of Bear Stearns, the nation's fifth largest investment bank.
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