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News Summary: Fed pays government record $88.9B

News Summary: Federal Reserve paid federal government record amount of $88.9 billion in 2012

Associated Press

HAVEN'T WE MET?: The Federal Reserve paid the federal government a record $88.9 billion in 2012, almost 18 percent more than a year ago. The previous record was $79.3 billion in 2010.

BOND SHARPIE: The central bank earned the money in part from the Treasury bonds and mortgage-backed securities it has purchased to drive interest rates lower and boost the economy.

THOSE WERE THE DAYS: Before it launched the first bond buying program in 2008, its annual payments had averaged below $30 billion for the previous three years.

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