2011 Economic Calendar
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Fed Balance Sheet  
Released On 9/29/2011 4:30:00 PM For wk9/28, 2011
PriorActual
Total Assets - Weekly Change$-5.8 B$-6.9 B
Reserve Bank credit - Weekly Change$-4.3 B$-1.8 B

Highlights
The Fed's balance sheet for the September 28 week contracted $6.9 billion, following a $5.8 billion decline the prior week. The drop was primarily due to an $8.4 fall in holdings of mortgage-backed securities. Purchases of Treasuries rose $1.6 billion, following a $4.1 billion gain the week before. Total assets for the September 28 week posted at $2.854 trillion.

Reserve Bank credit for the September 28 week declined $1.8 billion after decreasing $4.3 billion the week before.

Note: Total assets in the Fed's H.4.1 report are Wednesday levels while Reserve Bank credit is an average of daily figures for the week ending on the same Wednesday. Changes in total assets are from Wednesday to Wednesday while changes in Reserve Bank credit are for weekly averages.

Definition
The Fed's balance sheet is a weekly report presenting a consolidated balance sheet for all 12 Reserve Banks that lists factors supplying reserves into the banking system and factors absorbing reserves from the system. The report is officially named Factors Affecting Reserve Balances, otherwise known as the "H.4.1" report.

In September 2017, the Fed announced a program to reduce its balance sheet by the gradual reduction of both its Treasury and mortgage-backed security holdings. The monthly reductions, executed by reinvesting a decreasing amount of maturing securities, began in October 2017 and will gradually increase in size before hitting a plateau in October 2018 where they will hold until the FOMC judges that the Fed is holding no more securities than necessary. Under the schedule for 2018, the Fed's Treasury holdings will be reduced by $270 billion while holdings of mortgage-backed securities will be reduced by $180 billion.  Why Investors Care
 
 

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