What Are Agency Securities? - TheStreet Definition

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Agency securities are bonds and notes issued by government-sponsored enterprises, or GSEs, including Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Home Loan Bank. They are the highest-quality debt instruments after Treasury securities.

Don't confuse agency securities with mortgage-backed securities, some of which are issued by the same entities. Agency securities are a variety of spread product and are evaluated as such.

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