Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

This site offers extensive material about the Board of Governors and the Federal Reserve system as a whole. It begins with information about the Fed, such as its structure, and has links to other central banks and related web sites. Their "News and Events" section contains testimony, speeches (such as the "Monetary Policy Report to the Congress"), press releases, and conference information. As one would expect, the "Monetary Policy" section focuses on the Open Market Committee, monetary policy tools, and reports used in making monetary policy (such as the "Beige Book"). The "Economic Research and Data" section contains many important resources. Perhaps most useful is "Statistics: Releases and Historical Data," which has a number of useful releases:

  • Commercial Paper
  • H.10 Foreign Exchange Rates
  • H.15 Selected Interest Rates
  • H.3 Aggregate Reserves of Depository Institutions and the Monetary Base
  • H.4.1 Factors Affecting Reserve Balances
  • H.6 Money Stock Measures
  • H.8 Assets and Liabilities of Commercial Banks in the United States
  • U.S. Reserve Assets and
  • Foreign Official Assets Held at Federal Reserve Banks
  • G.17 Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization
  • G.19 Consumer Credit
  • G.20 Finance Companies
  • Charge-Off and Delinquency Rates on Loans and Leases at Commercial Banks
  • Household Debt-Service Burden
  • Large Commercial Banks
  • Minority-Owned Banks
  • Structure and Share Data for U.S. Offices of Foreign Banks
  • E.2 Survey of Terms of Bank Lending to Business
  • E.15 Agricultural Finance Databook
  • E.16 Country Exposure Lending Survey
  • Z.1 Flow of Funds Accounts of the United States
  • Corporate Medium-Term Notes
  • Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Data
  • Shared National Credit Program
  • G.5A Foreign Exchange Rates
  • Holidays Observed by the Federal Reserve, 2001-06
  • Many of these releases include long historical time series. Some are of high frequency, and many series began years ago. The frequency of data varies: some are daily, some weekly, some monthly, some quarterly, and some annual. The breadth of many of these releases is quite surprising. One can also perform customized data downloads with their Data Download facility.

    The "Economic Research and Data" section also has various surveys and reports (which includes the "Survey of Consumer Finances"), staff studies, working papers, articles from the "Federal Reserve Bulletin," and information on the staff.

    There are also main sections on banking regulation, the payments system, community development, information for consumers, and information on the Fed publications.