Fed balance sheet shrinks in latest week
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Federal Reserve's balance sheet contracted slightly in the latest week, Fed data released on Thursday showed.
The Fed's balance sheet - a broad gauge of its lending to the financial system - stood at $2.861 trillion on March 28, down from $2.8756 trillion on March 21.
The Fed's holdings of Treasuries totaled $1.665 trillion as of Wednesday, March 28, versus $1.663 trillion the previous week.
The Fed's overnight direct loans to credit-worthy banks via its discount window averaged $4 million a day during the week versus $12 million a day previously.
Federal Reserve balance sheet: link.reuters.com/cub62s
The Fed's ownership of mortgage bonds guaranteed by Fannie Mae (FNMA.OB), Freddie Mac (FMCC.OB) and the Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae) was $836.8 billion versus $851.3 billion the previous week.
The Fed's holdings of debt issued by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the Federal Home Loan Bank system totaled $96.5 billion, versus $98.99 billion the prior week.
(Reporting By Emily Flitter; Editing by Padraic Cassidy)
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