As the nation's central bank, the Federal Reserve has the authority and financial resources to act as 'lender of last resort' by extending credit to depository institutions or to other entities in unusual circumstances involving a national or regional emergency, where failure to obtain credit would have a severe adverse impact on the economy.
The ability of a bank or business to meet its current obligations; (2) the quality that makes an asset quickly and readily convertible into cash.
long-term interest rates
Interest rates on loan contracts--or debt instruments such as Treasury bonds or utility, industrial, or municipal bonds--having maturities greater than one year. Often called capital market rates.