Federal Reserve Bank


The Federal Reserve System was designed as an attempt to prevent or minimize the occurrence of bank runs, and possibly act as a lender of last resort when a bank run does occur. The Federal Reserve summarized its monetary policy in The Term Auction Facility program offers term funding to depository institutions via a bi-weekly auction, for fixed amounts of credit.

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There are twelve in total, one for each of the twelve Federal Reserve Districts that were created by the Federal Reserve Act of Some banks also possess branches, with the whole system being headquartered at the Eccles Building in Washington, D. Alexander Hamilton , the first Secretary of Treasury , started a movement in advocating for the creation of a central bank. Although the national bank was to be used as a tool for the government, it was to be privately owned.

Hamilton wrote several articles providing information regarding his national bank idea where he expressed the validity and "would be" success of the national bank based upon: In response to this, the First Bank of the United States was established in , its charter signed by George Washington.

The First Bank of the United States was headquartered in Philadelphia, but had branches in other major cities. The Bank performed the basic banking functions of accepting deposits, issuing bank notes, making loans and purchasing securities. When its charter expired 20 years later, the United States was without a central bank for a few years, during which it suffered an unusual inflation. Then, in , before that bank's charter expired, President Jackson removed the government funds as part of the Bank War , and the United States went without a central bank for 40 years.

A financial crisis known as the Panic of was headed off by a private conglomerate led by J. Morgan , who set themselves up as "lenders of last resort" to banks in trouble. In response to this, [5] the Federal Reserve System was created by the Federal Reserve Act of December 23, , establishing a new central bank intended to serve as a formal " lender of last resort " to banks in times of liquidity crisis —panics where depositors tried to withdraw their money faster than a normal fractional-reserve-based bank could pay it out.

Owen incorporated modifications by Woodrow Wilson and allowed for a regional Federal Reserve System, operating under a supervisory board in Washington, D. Congress approved the Act, and President Wilson signed it into law on December 23, The Act, "Provided for the establishment of Federal Reserve Banks, to furnish an elastic currency, to afford means of rediscounting commercial paper, to establish a more effective supervision of banking in the United States, and for other purposes.

The Act provided for a Reserve Bank Organization Committee that would designate no less than eight but no more than twelve cities to be Federal Reserve cities, and would then divide the nation into districts, each district to contain one Federal Reserve City. The legislation provided for a system that included a number of regional Federal Reserve Banks and a seven-member governing board. All national banks were required to join the system and other banks could join.

On April 2, , the Reserve Bank Organization Committee announced its decision, and twelve Federal Reserve banks were established to cover various districts throughout the country. Those opposed to the establishment of an overwhelmingly powerful New York Fed prevailed in their desire that its scope and influence should be limited. Initially, this bank's influence was restricted to New York State. As a result, it was impossible to prevent the New York Fed from being the largest and most dominant bank in the system.

The Federal Reserve Banks opened for business in November The initial staff consisted of seven officers and 85 clerks, many on loan from local banks. Strong recalled the starting days at the Bank in a speech: Congress created Federal Reserve notes to provide the nation with a flexible supply of currency.

The notes were to be issued to Federal Reserve Banks for subsequent transmittal to banking institutions in accordance with the needs of the public.

The Bank's staff grew rapidly during the early years, necessitating the need for a new home. The Bank's vaults, located 86 feet below street level, were built on Manhattan's bedrock. In , the Fed moved into its new home. By , the vault contained ten percent of the world's entire store of monetary gold. The Federal Reserve System is considered to be an independent agency that exists outside of the cabinet of the executive [7] and its powers are derived directly from Congress. The twelve regional Federal Reserve Banks were established as the operating arms of the nation's central banking system.

They are organized much like private corporations —possibly leading to some confusion about ownership. The Federal Reserve Banks have an intermediate legal status, with some features of private corporations and some features of public federal agencies. Western Union Telegraph Co. Supreme Court stated, "Instrumentalities like the national banks or the federal reserve banks, in which there are private interests, are not departments of the government.

They are private corporations in which the government has an interest. Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City , [10] in which the distinction is made between Federal Reserve Banks, which are federally created instrumentalities, and the Board of Governors, which is a federal agency.

Regarding the structural relationship between the twelve Federal Reserve banks and the various commercial member banks, political science professor Michael D. Reagan has written that: Bank ownership and election at the base are therefore devoid of substantive significance, despite the superficial appearance of private bank control that the formal arrangement creates.

The Federal Reserve System provides the government with a ready source of loans and serves as the safe depository for federal money. The Federal Reserve is also a low-cost mechanism for transferring funds and is an inexpensive agent for meeting payments on the national debt and government salaries. The Federal Reserve Banks issue shares of stock to member banks. However, owning Federal Reserve Bank stock is quite different from owning stock in a private company.

The Federal Reserve Banks are not operated for profit, and ownership of a certain amount of stock is, by law, a condition of membership in the system. The dividends paid to member banks are considered partial compensation for the lack of interest paid on member banks' required reserves held at the Federal Reserve. By law, banks in the United States must maintain fractional reserves, most of which are kept on account at the Federal Reserve.

Historically, the Federal Reserve did not pay interest on these funds. A major responsibility of The Federal Reserve is to oversee their banking and financial systems. Overseeing the banking and financial systems of a bank is crucial in a society. Confidence in the soundness of the banking and financial systems is what mobilizes a society's savings, allows the savings to be channeled into productive investments, and encourages economic growth. Each Federal Reserve Bank funds its own operations, primarily from interest on its loans and on the securities it holds.

Expenses and dividends paid are typically a small fraction of a Federal Reserve Bank's revenue each year. The Federal Reserve Banks have an intermediate legal status, with some features of private corporations and some features of public federal agencies.

The United States has an interest in the Federal Reserve Banks as tax-exempt federally created instrumentalities whose profits belong to the federal government, but this interest is not proprietary.

Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City , [76] in which the distinction is made between Federal Reserve Banks, which are federally created instrumentalities, and the board of governors, which is a federal agency. Regarding the structural relationship between the twelve Federal Reserve banks and the various commercial member banks, political science professor Michael D.

Reagan has written that: Bank ownership and election at the base are therefore devoid of substantive significance, despite the superficial appearance of private bank control that the formal arrangement creates. A member bank is a private institution and owns stock in its regional Federal Reserve Bank. All nationally chartered banks hold stock in one of the Federal Reserve Banks. State chartered banks may choose to be members and hold stock in their regional Federal Reserve bank upon meeting certain standards.

These stocks cannot be sold or traded, and member banks do not control the Federal Reserve Bank as a result of owning this stock. An external auditor selected by the audit committee of the Federal Reserve System regularly audits the Board of Governors and the Federal Reserve Banks. These audits do not cover "most of the Fed's monetary policy actions or decisions, including discount window lending direct loans to financial institutions , open-market operations and any other transactions made under the direction of the Federal Open Market Committee" November 7, , Bloomberg L.

News brought a lawsuit against the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System to force the board to reveal the identities of firms for which it has provided guarantees during the financial crisis of — The data was released on March 31, The term " monetary policy " refers to the actions undertaken by a central bank, such as the Federal Reserve, to influence the availability and cost of money and credit to help promote national economic goals.

What happens to money and credit affects interest rates the cost of credit and the performance of an economy. The Federal Reserve sets monetary policy by influencing the federal funds rate , which is the rate of interbank lending of excess reserves.

The rate that banks charge each other for these loans is determined in the interbank market and the Federal Reserve influences this rate through the three "tools" of monetary policy described in the Tools section below.

The federal funds rate is a short-term interest rate that the FOMC focuses on, which affects the longer-term interest rates throughout the economy. The Federal Reserve summarized its monetary policy in The Federal Reserve implements U. By conducting open market operations , imposing reserve requirements, permitting depository institutions to hold contractual clearing balances, and extending credit through its discount window facility, the Federal Reserve exercises considerable control over the demand for and supply of Federal Reserve balances and the federal funds rate.

Through its control of the federal funds rate, the Federal Reserve is able to foster financial and monetary conditions consistent with its monetary policy objectives.

Effects on the quantity of reserves that banks used to make loans influence the economy. Policy actions that add reserves to the banking system encourage lending at lower interest rates thus stimulating growth in money, credit, and the economy. Policy actions that absorb reserves work in the opposite direction. The Fed's task is to supply enough reserves to support an adequate amount of money and credit, avoiding the excesses that result in inflation and the shortages that stifle economic growth.

There are three main tools of monetary policy that the Federal Reserve uses to influence the amount of reserves in private banks: The Federal Reserve System implements monetary policy largely by targeting the federal funds rate.

This is the interest rate that banks charge each other for overnight loans of federal funds , which are the reserves held by banks at the Fed. This rate is actually determined by the market and is not explicitly mandated by the Fed.

The Fed therefore tries to align the effective federal funds rate with the targeted rate by adding or subtracting from the money supply through open market operations. The Federal Reserve System usually adjusts the federal funds rate target by 0. Open market operations allow the Federal Reserve to increase or decrease the amount of money in the banking system as necessary to balance the Federal Reserve's dual mandates. Open market operations are done through the sale and purchase of United States Treasury security , sometimes called "Treasury bills" or more informally "T-bills" or "Treasuries".

The Federal Reserve buys Treasury bills from its primary dealers. The purchase of these securities affects the federal funds rate, because primary dealers have accounts at depository institutions. The Federal Reserve education website describes open market operations as follows: Open market operations involve the buying and selling of U. The term 'open market' means that the Fed doesn't decide on its own which securities dealers it will do business with on a particular day.

Open market operations are flexible and thus, the most frequently used tool of monetary policy. Open market operations are the primary tool used to regulate the supply of bank reserves. This tool consists of Federal Reserve purchases and sales of financial instruments, usually securities issued by the U.

Treasury, Federal agencies and government-sponsored enterprises. The transactions are undertaken with primary dealers. The Fed's goal in trading the securities is to affect the federal funds rate, the rate at which banks borrow reserves from each other. When the Fed wants to increase reserves, it buys securities and pays for them by making a deposit to the account maintained at the Fed by the primary dealer's bank.

When the Fed wants to reduce reserves, it sells securities and collects from those accounts. Most days, the Fed does not want to increase or decrease reserves permanently so it usually engages in transactions reversed within a day or two.

That means that a reserve injection today could be withdrawn tomorrow morning, only to be renewed at some level several hours later. To smooth temporary or cyclical changes in the money supply, the desk engages in repurchase agreements repos with its primary dealers.

Repos are essentially secured, short-term lending by the Fed. On the day of the transaction, the Fed deposits money in a primary dealer's reserve account, and receives the promised securities as collateral. When the transaction matures, the process unwinds: The term of the repo the time between settlement and maturity can vary from 1 day called an overnight repo to 65 days.

The Federal Reserve System also directly sets the "discount rate", which is the interest rate for "discount window lending", overnight loans that member banks borrow directly from the Fed.

This rate is generally set at a rate close to basis points above the target federal funds rate. The idea is to encourage banks to seek alternative funding before using the "discount rate" option.

Both the discount rate and the federal funds rate influence the prime rate , which is usually about 3 percentage points higher than the federal funds rate. Another instrument of monetary policy adjustment employed by the Federal Reserve System is the fractional reserve requirement , also known as the required reserve ratio.

As a response to the financial crisis of , the Federal Reserve now makes interest payments on depository institutions' required and excess reserve balances. The payment of interest on excess reserves gives the central bank greater opportunity to address credit market conditions while maintaining the federal funds rate close to the target rate set by the FOMC.

In order to address problems related to the subprime mortgage crisis and United States housing bubble , several new tools have been created. The first new tool, called the Term Auction Facility , was added on December 12, It was first announced as a temporary tool [] but there have been suggestions that this new tool may remain in place for a prolonged period of time. The Term Auction Facility program offers term funding to depository institutions via a bi-weekly auction, for fixed amounts of credit.

The Primary Dealer Credit Facility now allows eligible primary dealers to borrow at the existing Discount Rate for up to days. Some measures taken by the Federal Reserve to address this mortgage crisis have not been used since the Great Depression. As the economy has slowed in the last nine months and credit markets have become unstable, the Federal Reserve has taken a number of steps to help address the situation.

These steps have included the use of traditional monetary policy tools at the macroeconomic level as well as measures at the level of specific markets to provide additional liquidity. The Federal Reserve's response has continued to evolve since pressure on credit markets began to surface last summer, but all these measures derive from the Fed's traditional open market operations and discount window tools by extending the term of transactions, the type of collateral, or eligible borrowers.

A fourth facility, the Term Deposit Facility, was announced December 9, , and approved April 30, , with an effective date of June 4, Term deposits are intended to facilitate the implementation of monetary policy by providing a tool by which the Federal Reserve can manage the aggregate quantity of reserve balances held by depository institutions.

Funds placed in term deposits are removed from the accounts of participating institutions for the life of the term deposit and thus drain reserve balances from the banking system. The Term Auction Facility is a program in which the Federal Reserve auctions term funds to depository institutions. Banks were not lending money to each other because there was a fear that the loans would not be paid back.

Banks refused to go to the discount window because it is usually associated with the stigma of bank failure. House of Representatives on January 17, The goal of the TAF is to reduce the incentive for banks to hoard cash and increase their willingness to provide credit to households and firms TAF auctions will continue as long as necessary to address elevated pressures in short-term funding markets, and we will continue to work closely and cooperatively with other central banks to address market strains that could hamper the achievement of our broader economic objectives.

The TAF is a credit facility that allows a depository institution to place a bid for an advance from its local Federal Reserve Bank at an interest rate that is determined as the result of an auction.

By allowing the Federal Reserve to inject term funds through a broader range of counterparties and against a broader range of collateral than open market operations, this facility could help ensure that liquidity provisions can be disseminated efficiently even when the unsecured interbank markets are under stress.

In short, the TAF will auction term funds of approximately one-month maturity. All depository institutions that are judged to be in sound financial condition by their local Reserve Bank and that are eligible to borrow at the discount window are also eligible to participate in TAF auctions. All TAF credit must be fully collateralized. Depositories may pledge the broad range of collateral that is accepted for other Federal Reserve lending programs to secure TAF credit.

The same collateral values and margins applicable for other Federal Reserve lending programs will also apply for the TAF. The Term Securities Lending Facility is a day facility that will offer Treasury general collateral to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York's primary dealers in exchange for other program-eligible collateral. It is intended to promote liquidity in the financing markets for Treasury and other collateral and thus to foster the functioning of financial markets more generally.

The resource allows dealers to switch debt that is less liquid for U. The Primary Dealer Credit Facility PDCF is an overnight loan facility that will provide funding to primary dealers in exchange for a specified range of eligible collateral and is intended to foster the functioning of financial markets more generally.

The rate is set at the lowest federal funds rate during the reserve maintenance period of an institution, less 75 bp. The Term Deposit Facility is a program through which the Federal Reserve Banks will offer interest-bearing term deposits to eligible institutions.

By removing "excess deposits" from participating banks, the overall level of reserves available for lending is reduced, which should result in increased market interest rates, acting as a brake on economic activity and inflation. The Federal Reserve has stated that:. Term deposits will be one of several tools that the Federal Reserve could employ to drain reserves when policymakers judge that it is appropriate to begin moving to a less accommodative stance of monetary policy.

The development of the TDF is a matter of prudent planning and has no implication for the near-term conduct of monetary policy. The Federal Reserve initially authorized up to five "small-value offerings are designed to ensure the effectiveness of TDF operations and to provide eligible institutions with an opportunity to gain familiarity with term deposit procedures.

The Term Deposit Facility is essentially a tool available to reverse the efforts that have been employed to provide liquidity to the financial markets and to reduce the amount of capital available to the economy.

As stated in Bloomberg News:. Policy makers led by Chairman Ben S. The Fed is charting an eventual return to normal monetary policy, even as a weakening near-term outlook has raised the possibility it may expand its balance sheet. Bernanke, testifying before House Committee on Financial Services, described the Term Deposit Facility and other facilities to Congress in the following terms:.

Most importantly, in October the Congress gave the Federal Reserve statutory authority to pay interest on balances that banks hold at the Federal Reserve Banks. By increasing the interest rate on banks' reserves, the Federal Reserve will be able to put significant upward pressure on all short-term interest rates, as banks will not supply short-term funds to the money markets at rates significantly below what they can earn by holding reserves at the Federal Reserve Banks.

Actual and prospective increases in short-term interest rates will be reflected in turn in higher longer-term interest rates and in tighter financial conditions more generally As an additional means of draining reserves, the Federal Reserve is also developing plans to offer to depository institutions term deposits, which are roughly analogous to certificates of deposit that the institutions offer to their customers.

A proposal describing a term deposit facility was recently published in the Federal Register, and the Federal Reserve is finalizing a revised proposal in light of the public comments that have been received. After a revised proposal is reviewed by the Board, we expect to be able to conduct test transactions this spring and to have the facility available if necessary thereafter.

The use of reverse repos and the deposit facility would together allow the Federal Reserve to drain hundreds of billions of dollars of reserves from the banking system quite quickly, should it choose to do so. When these tools are used to drain reserves from the banking system, they do so by replacing bank reserves with other liabilities; the asset side and the overall size of the Federal Reserve's balance sheet remain unchanged. If necessary, as a means of applying monetary restraint, the Federal Reserve also has the option of redeeming or selling securities.

The redemption or sale of securities would have the effect of reducing the size of the Federal Reserve's balance sheet as well as further reducing the quantity of reserves in the banking system. Restoring the size and composition of the balance sheet to a more normal configuration is a longer-term objective of our policies.

In any case, the sequencing of steps and the combination of tools that the Federal Reserve uses as it exits from its currently very accommodative policy stance will depend on economic and financial developments and on our best judgments about how to meet the Federal Reserve's dual mandate of maximum employment and price stability.

In sum, in response to severe threats to our economy, the Federal Reserve created a series of special lending facilities to stabilize the financial system and encourage the resumption of private credit flows to American families and businesses. As market conditions and the economic outlook have improved, these programs have been terminated or are being phased out. The Federal Reserve also promoted economic recovery through sharp reductions in its target for the federal funds rate and through large-scale purchases of securities.

The economy continues to require the support of accommodative monetary policies. However, we have been working to ensure that we have the tools to reverse, at the appropriate time, the currently very high degree of monetary stimulus.

We have full confidence that, when the time comes, we will be ready to do so. The Facility began operations on September 22, , and was closed on February 1, The action made the Fed a crucial source of credit for non-financial businesses in addition to commercial banks and investment firms.

Fed officials said they'll buy as much of the debt as necessary to get the market functioning again. Forty-five out of 81 of the companies participating in this program were foreign firms. A little-used tool of the Federal Reserve is the quantitative policy.

With that the Federal Reserve actually buys back corporate bonds and mortgage backed securities held by banks or other financial institutions. This in effect puts money back into the financial institutions and allows them to make loans and conduct normal business. The bursting of the United States housing bubble prompted the Fed to buy mortgage-backed securities for the first time in November The first attempt at a national currency was during the American Revolutionary War.

In , the Continental Congress, as well as the states, began issuing paper currency, calling the bills " Continentals ". Overprinting, as well as British counterfeiting, caused the value of the Continental to diminish quickly. This experience with paper money led the United States to strip the power to issue Bills of Credit paper money from a draft of the new Constitution on August 16, , [] as well as banning such issuance by the various states, and limiting the states' ability to make anything but gold or silver coin legal tender on August The Second Bank of the United States was established in , and lost its authority to be the central bank of the U.

Both banks were based upon the Bank of England. This was done despite strong opposition from Thomas Jefferson and James Madison , among numerous others. The charter was for twenty years and expired in under President Madison, because Congress refused to renew it. Years later, early renewal of the bank's charter became the primary issue in the reelection of President Andrew Jackson.

After Jackson, who was opposed to the central bank, was reelected, he pulled the government's funds out of the bank. Jackson was the only President to completely pay off the debt. From to , in the Free Banking Era there was no formal central bank. From to , an Independent Treasury System ruled. From to , a system of national banks was instituted by the National Banking Act during which series of bank panics, in , , and occurred [7] [8] [9]. The main motivation for the third central banking system came from the Panic of , which caused a renewed desire among legislators, economists, and bankers for an overhaul of the monetary system.

A revision crafted during a secret meeting on Jekyll Island by Senator Aldrich and representatives of the nation's top finance and industrial groups later became the basis of the Federal Reserve Act. The Senate voted 43—25 on December 23, Aldrich set up two commissions — one to study the American monetary system in depth and the other, headed by Aldrich himself, to study the European central banking systems and report on them.

In early November , Aldrich met with five well known members of the New York banking community to devise a central banking bill. Paul Warburg , an attendee of the meeting and longtime advocate of central banking in the U.

It had several key components, including a central bank with a Washington-based headquarters and fifteen branches located throughout the U. Aldrich believed a central banking system with no political involvement was best, but was convinced by Warburg that a plan with no public control was not politically feasible. Aldrich's bill met much opposition from politicians. Critics charged Aldrich of being biased due to his close ties to wealthy bankers such as J.

Morgan and John D. Most Republicans favored the Aldrich Plan, [] but it lacked enough support in Congress to pass because rural and western states viewed it as favoring the "eastern establishment".

The primary difference between the two bills was the transfer of control of the Board of Directors called the Federal Open Market Committee in the Federal Reserve Act to the government.

Key laws affecting the Federal Reserve have been: The Federal Reserve records and publishes large amounts of data. A few websites where data is published are at the board of governors' Economic Data and Research page, [] the board of governors' statistical releases and historical data page, [] and at the St.

Some criticism involves economic data compiled by the Fed. The Fed sponsors much of the monetary economics research in the U. White objects that this makes it less likely for researchers to publish findings challenging the status quo.

The net worth of households and nonprofit organizations in the United States is published by the Federal Reserve in a report titled Flow of Funds. The most common measures are named M0 narrowest , M1, M2, and M3. In the United States they are defined by the Federal Reserve as follows:. The Federal Reserve stopped publishing M3 statistics in March , saying that the data cost a lot to collect but did not provide significantly useful information. The Personal consumption expenditures price index , also referred to as simply the PCE price index, is used as one measure of the value of money.

It is a United States-wide indicator of the average increase in prices for all domestic personal consumption. Producer Price Index prices, it is derived from the largest component of the gross domestic product in the BEA's National Income and Product Accounts , personal consumption expenditures.

One of the Fed's main roles is to maintain price stability, which means that the Fed's ability to keep a low inflation rate is a long-term measure of their success. Most mainstream economists favor a low, steady rate of inflation. One of the stated goals of monetary policy is maximum employment. The unemployment rate statistics are collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics , and like the PCE price index are used as a barometer of the nation's economic health. The Federal Reserve is self-funded.

The balance of revenues come from sales of financial services check and electronic payment processing and discount window loans. There are two reports with budget information.

The one that lists the complete balance statements with income and expenses as well as the net profit or loss is the large report simply titled, "Annual Report". It also includes data about employment throughout the system. The other report, which explains in more detail the expenses of the different aspects of the whole system, is called "Annual Report: These detailed comprehensive reports can be found at the board of governors' website under the section "Reports to Congress" [].

One of the keys to understanding the Federal Reserve is the Federal Reserve balance sheet or balance statement. In accordance with Section 11 of the Federal Reserve Act , the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System publishes once each week the "Consolidated Statement of Condition of All Federal Reserve Banks" showing the condition of each Federal Reserve bank and a consolidated statement for all Federal Reserve banks.

The board of governors requires that excess earnings of the Reserve Banks be transferred to the Treasury as interest on Federal Reserve notes. In addition, the balance sheet also indicates which assets are held as collateral against Federal Reserve Notes.

The Federal Reserve System has faced various criticisms since its inception in Critique of the organization and system has come from sources such as writers, journalists, economists, and financial institutions as well as politicians and various government employees.

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