NEW YORK, April 4 The U.S. Federal Reserve's
balance sheet expanded to a record size on an increase in the
central bank's holdings of U.S. government debt, Fed data
released on Thursday showed.
The Fed's balance sheet, a broad gauge of its lending to the
financial system, stood at $3.198 trillion on April 3, compared
with $3.185 trillion on March 27.
The Fed's holdings of Treasuries totaled $1.806 trillion as
of Wednesday versus $1.794 trillion the previous week.
The Fed's ownership of mortgage bonds guaranteed by Fannie
Mae, Freddie Mac and the Government National
Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae) totaled $1.071 trillion on
Wednesday, matching previous week's total.
The Fed's holdings of debt issued by Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac
and the Federal Home Loan Bank system was $72.42 billion, the
same level as the prior week.
The Fed's overnight direct loans to credit-worthy banks via
its discount window averaged $8 million a day, matching the
daily average of the prior week.