Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Federal Reserve Banks Transfer $76.9 Billion in Net Income to Treasury

The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve announced the the Reserve Banks transferred approximately $76.9 billion of their estimated 2011 net income to the U.S. Treasury. This is slightly less than the $79.3 billion distribution to Treasury for 2010.

The Reserve Banks had an estimated unaudited net income of $78.9 billion for 2011. The Reserve Banks reported reported revenues of $83.6 billion in interest income on securities acquired through open market operations. Additional earnings were derived primarily from realized gains on the sale of U.S. Treasury securities of $2.3 billion, foreign currency gains of $152 million, and income from services of $479 million.

The Reserve Banks had interest expense of $3.8 billion on depository institutions' reserve balances and term deposits.

Operating expenses of the Reserve Banks totaled $3.4 billion in 2011. In addition, the Reserve Banks were assessed $1.1 billion for the cost of new currency and Board expenditures and $282 million to fund the operations of the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection and Office of Financial Research.

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