Charting Historical Discount Window Borrowings
While we await the thousands of pages of discount window data to hit the public docket, below we present to our readers the historical borrowings on the Fed's Discount Window, which consists of the Primary Credit, Secondary Credit and Seasonal Facilities. Borrowings across all three peaked at $110,753 million according to the Fed. There is of course, no indication of what type of collateral is used against these borrowings although as Zero Hedge first disclosed over a year ago, many of the stocks pledged by failing companies were those of bankrupt companies. There will hardly be much if anything revolutionary in this incremental disclosure, but it will confirm just how many times Goldman and JPM may have accessed the discount window following repeated claims they did not need to do so. The reason banks no longer use the discount window as can be seen on the chart below, is that with $1.4 trillion in excess reserves there are no liquidity constraints any more as all the capital comes in the form of electronic money allocated as reserves by the banks, which money is fungible and thus banks no longer rely on actual lending by the Fed. Incidentally, combined borrowings across all three Discount Window facilities in the week ended March 23 was $13 million: the lowest since 2004.
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