NEW YORK, April 5 The U.S. Federal Reserve's
balance sheet shrank in the latest week, Fed data released on
The Fed's balance sheet - a broad gauge of its lending to the
financial system - stood at $2.848 trillion on April 4, down
from $2.861 trillion on March 28.
The Fed's holdings of Treasuries totaled $1.669 trillion as
of Wednesday, April 4, versus $1.665 trillion the previous week.
The Fed's overnight direct loans to credit-worthy banks via
its discount window averaged $10 million a day during the week
versus $4 million a day previously.
The Fed's ownership of mortgage bonds guaranteed by Fannie
Mae, Freddie Mac and the Government National
Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae) was $836.793 billion, which
was little changed from $836.786 billion the previous week.
The Fed's holdings of debt issued by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac
and the Federal Home Loan Bank system totaled $96.48 billion,
which was unchanged on the week.