2018 Economic Calendar
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Fed Balance Sheet  
Released On 10/11/2018 4:30:00 PM For wk10/10, 2018
PriorActual
Level$4.175 T$4.177 T
Total Assets - Weekly Change$-18.2 B$2.2 B
Reserve Bank credit - Weekly Change$-15.6 B$-8.8 B

Highlights
The Federal Reserve's assets totaled $4.177 trillion in the October 10 week, up $2.2 billion from the prior week and down $283.5 billion from the beginning of balance sheet unwinding in October 2017.

Treasury holdings were $2.294 trillion in the October 10 week, unchanged in the week and down $171.2 billion since October last year. Treasuries are scheduled to decline to $2.255 trillion by the end of this month.

Once again there is no progress in the unwinding of mortgage-backed securities where holdings were unchanged at $1.682 trillion and down $86.4 billion since October last year. MBS holdings are scheduled to decline to $1.628 trillion by the end of October. Note that mortgage-backed unwinding can be uneven due to unscheduled prepayments of principal as well as timing differences in payments and settlements.

The largest factor adding reserves in the week were other assets.

Reserve Bank credit for the October 10 week decreased $8.8 billion after decreasing $15.6 billion in the prior week.

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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