There are a number of possible ways for the Federal Reserve to unwind its mortgage-backed securities purchases, but reverse repurchase sales would be outcome, according to a panelits at the Mortgage Bankers Association's National Secondary Market Conference Wednesday.

Speaking at a panel on quantitative easing, Deustche Bank managing director Steven Abrahams reminded attendees that the Fed "may not have to sell," its holdings. He cited Fed minutes and statements made earlier this year by Fed chair Ben Bernanke during his semi-annual Humphrey Hawkins testimony and by Fed Gov. Elizabeth Duke.

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