Federal Reserve Balance Sheet Update: Week Of August 26
Total Federal Reserve balance sheet assets for the week of August 26 of $2,049 billion ($15 billion higher compared to the prior week's $2,034) consisting of:
- Securities held outright: $1,479 billion
(an increase of $135 billion MoM, resulting from $45.2 billion in new
Treasury purchases, $79.8 billion increase in MBS and $10.1 billion in Agency Debt), or $18.6 billion increase sequentially
- Net borrowings: $327.6 billion, a decrease from the last update at $340.5 billion
- Float, liquidity swaps, Maiden Lane and other assets: $242.9 billion, a $15 billion decline on $4 billion reduction in CPFF and $9 billion in Liquidity Swaps which have now hit a low not seen since May 2008.
Foreign holdings increased by $9 billion to $2,826 billion. No change in the trends in the balance sheet with skyrocketing Securities Held Outright offset by declining Net Borrowings and Other Assets. Foreign holdings, as has lately been the case, are lagging the Fed's own purchases of securities, this week with a factor slightly higher than 2x.