Federal Reserve Bank of New York

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What Is the Federal Reserve Bank of New York?

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York, or New York Fed, is the Federal Reserve bank that is responsible for the second district and is located in New York City. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York is the most important and largest of the 12 Reserve banks in the Federal Reserve System in terms of asset value.

Key Takeaways

  • The Federal Reserve Bank of New York is the largest and most important regional bank in the Federal Reserve System.
  • The New York Fed is the primary conduit of the Fed’s monetary policy through open market operations, emergency lending facilities, quantitative easing, and foreign exchange transactions.
  • Its district includes the critically important financial centers of New York City, and the impact of its policies are felt worldwide. 

Understanding the Federal Reserve Bank of New York

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York, along with the other branches, is responsible for executing the central bank’s monetary policy by reviewing price inflation and economic growth, and by regulating the banks within its territory. It provides cash to banks within its district, as well as monitoring electronic deposits. The president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, along with the presidents of the other Banks and the seven governors of the Federal Reserve Board, meet to decide the course of monetary policy every six weeks. This is referred to as the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC).

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York they implements the policies set out by the FOMC, primarily through Permanent Open Market Operations by its Open Market Trading Desk. The Desk buys (and sometimes sells) U.S. Treasury securities from primary dealers with new bank reserves simultaneously created as part of the transaction in order to increase (or decrease) the supply of money and credit in the economy. The Desk also conducts repurchase and reverse repurchase agreements with primary dealers. The New York Fed’s manipulation of the money supply through open market operations is intended to achieve Fed policy targets for interest rates, inflation, and unemployment. 


Federal Reserve Bank of New York Placcard.
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Other Monetary Policy Duties

The New York Fed also plays a major role in nonstandard monetary policy and the many special lending facilities that the Fed executes during times of financial stress to support the financial system. This includes the new programs rolled out in response to the financial crisis of 2008 and the current economic stress resulting from the government lock down of much of the economy during the Covid-19 outbreak. These programs include the multiple rounds of quantitative easing that have been executed through the Open Market Trading Desk, as well as special discount lending facilities targeted at specific industries or asset classes. 

The New York Fed also acts as the Fed’s primary agent to intervene in foreign exchange markets. The FOMC or the Treasury can direct the Desk to buy and sell dollars in exchange for other foreign currencies in order to support or reduce the dollar’s value relative to other currencies, or to stabilize volatile market exchange rates. 

Because of these key roles in the implementation of ongoing and emergency monetary and financial operations, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York is considered the most important bank in the Federal Reserve System, and probably the world. 

The New York Fed’s vaults store the physical gold bullion for many foreign governments and organizations.

Characteristics and Organization

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s territory is the Second Federal District, which includes parts of the states of New Jersey and Connecticut, as well as the entire state of New York. It is also responsible for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Bank notes printed by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York are denoted by the mark “B2”, which represents the second district (“B” is also the second letter of the alphabet). The current president of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York is John Williams, who succeeded William Dudley after his retirement in mid-2018. 

The Federal Reserve Bank of New York district covers the critically important financial centers of the New York metro area, including Wall Street and the New York Stock Exchange. Due to its location, the New York Fed is the primary institution charged with conducting the Fed’s open market operations. It is also a major repository of the world’s gold reserves, which the bank holds on behalf of the U.S. and foreign governments, other nation’s central banks, and official international organizations that help to manage the global financial system. 


2nd Federal District.


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