The payment reported by the Fed for the 2009 4Q came from $46.1 billion in earnings from the securities it held last year. The Feds income rose largely because the Fed’s holdings of securities grew, though increases in the value of the securities also helped.
“The Fed launched several securities-buying programs last year to help lift the economy out of recession. Its goal is to drive down rates on mortgages and other consumer debt. Under one program that ended last year, the Fed snapped up $300 billion in government debt. Under another program, the Fed is on track to buy a total of $1.25 trillion in mortgage securities from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac by the end of March. It also will wrap up purchases of $175 billion in debt issued by the mortgage giants at that time. Those programs have boosted the value of securities held by the Fed.”
“The Fed’s efforts to end the crisis are separate from the $700 billion taxpayer-funded bailout program authorized by Congress in 2008 and overseen by the Treasury Department. Money from this program, originally set up to shorten up banks, also has been doled out to rescue other types of companies.”
The Fed is funded from the interest earned on it vast portfolio of securities. It is not funded by Congress. After covering its expenses, the Fed gives what is left over to the Treasury Department.
Besides the income from its securities, the Fed said it earned $5.5 billion from holdings related to the takeover of investment firm Bear Stearns and insurance company American International Group. The Fed also earned $2.9 billion from loans extended to banks, investment houses and others.
This revolving door will not shut until we the people decide to shut it. With everyone on Wall Street posting record bonuses at a time like this, we must be willing to take off the gloves. The Fed pays their profit to the Treasury. The Fed has made their profits from all the securities buying programs also known as the interest collected from government debt. The money maker is you the man or woman struggling to make ends meet, loaded with debt, a slave to the system. For the most part people are too apathetic to do anything, times are changing, we are in the midst of ascension. The day will come when people are forced to do something, to change for the better.
In the past news like this would have been hidden from the general public. Today however we live in real time there is no delay and no stopping the truth of the light. We are in for the greatest awakening and reality check humanity has even seen, enjoy the ride.
Andre H. Paris
Webster Tarpley on Wall Street
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