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Fed Balance Sheet  
Released On 2/22/2018 4:30:00 PM For wk2/21, 2018
Level$4.435 T$4.412 T
Total Assets - Weekly Change$14.1 B$-23.2 B
Reserve Bank credit - Weekly Change$5.6 B$-15.9 B

The Federal Reserve's assets totaled $4.412 trillion in the February 21 week, down $ 23.2 billion in the week and down $ 48 billion from the beginning of balance sheet unwinding in October 2017.

Treasury holdings in the week were $2.432 trillion, down $33 billion since October and winding down as scheduled. Holdings of mortgage-backed securities, however, were $1.769 trillion, which is up $1 billion from October vs a scheduled decline for $20 billion. Note that mortgage-backed unwinding can be uneven due to unscheduled prepayments of principal as well as timing differences in payments and settlements.

The main factor draining reserves in the latest week were other assets, which fell $15.8 billion and include accrued interest and other accounts receivable.

Reserve Bank credit for the February 21 week decreased $15.9 billion after increasing $5.6 billion in the prior week.

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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