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Commercial Banks in District, Nation Finish 2021 in Strong Position

Carl White

U.S. commercial banks continued their bounce back from pandemic-related challenges in 2021, recording satisfactory levels of earnings and asset quality measures well above industry benchmarks. Banks in Eighth Federal Reserve District states fared better too, with profitability and asset quality averages largely in line with national peers.

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Have Fed Asset Purchases Reshaped Bank Balance Sheets? Part 2

Changes in Composition of Commercial Banks Assets The Great Recession

This is the second part of an article that describes how banks have accommodated the very large involuntary increase in their Fed reserve balances that corresponds to Fed asset purchases. In this post, I show that banks increased their deposit funding substantially, allowing them to reduce nondeposit borrowings. “Core” deposits—deposits excluding large time deposits—also increased significantly, offset, in part, by a decline in large time deposits, which are deposits above $100,000. Concurrently, equity financing declined as a share of assets. I conclude that Fed asset purchases are not responsible directly for the surge in deposits and reduction in other liabilities and equities. Rather, both Fed and bank portfolio shifts are responses to heightened economic stress and uncertainty.

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