U.S. Regulatory Agencies
Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
The Federal Reserve’s duties fall into four general areas:
- Conducting the nation’s monetary policy by influencing the monetary and credit conditions in the economy in pursuit of maximum employment, stable prices, and moderate long-term interest rates
- Supervising and regulating banking institutions to ensure the safety and soundness of the nation’s banking and financial system and to protect the credit rights of consumers
- Maintaining the stability of the financial system and containing systemic risk that may arise in financial markets
- Providing financial services to depository institutions, the U.S. government, and foreign official institutions, including playing a major role in operating the nation’s payments system
Principal Economic Indicators:
- Consumer Credit – G.19: reports outstanding credit extended to individuals for household, family, and other personal expenditures, excluding loans secured by real estate. Historically, the G.19 also included series that measure the terms of credit for auto loans at finance companies. Click here for Historical Data.
- Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization – G.17: covers manufacturing, mining, and electric and gas utilities. The industrial sector, together with construction, accounts for the bulk of the variation in national output over the course of the business cycle.
- Money Stock Measures – H.6: provides weekly measures of the monetary aggregates (M1 and M2) and their components. M1 and M2 are progressively more inclusive measures of money: M1 is included in M2. (M1, the more narrowly defined measure, consists of the most liquid forms of money, namely currency and checkable deposits. The non-M1 components of M2 are primarily household holdings of savings deposits, small time deposits, and retail money market mutual funds.)
- Factors Affecting Reserve Balances – H.4.1
Dodd-Frank Regulatory Reform Rules
Track the progress of more than 200 proposals and rules that will be written by various federal agencies as part of the implementation of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010.
Sections of the website:
• Latest Updates: This homepage feature shows the most recent rule activity regardless of status, and is generated by the site’s RSS feed. Older rule activity can be found by status via the navigation tabs.
• Open for Comment: In this section, view all the proposed rules that are open for comment and published in the Federal Register, and also find out how and when to submit comments to the respective agency(ies).
• Proposed: This section lists all rules that are proposed and are waiting for final approval.
• Interim Final: This section lists all rules that, while having the full force and effect of the law, can still undergo further study or comment before they are confirmed as final rules.
• Final: This section lists all final rules, and includes critical effective or mandatory compliance dates.
• Resources: Links to various agencies involved in the Dodd-Frank Act rule-making process. Now includes a glossary for easy reference as well as a quick tutorial on how a rule is made.
Quick link: http://www.stlouisfed.org/regreformrules/
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) is an independent agency created by the Congress to maintain stability and public confidence in the nation’s financial system by:
- insuring deposits,
- examining and supervising financial institutions for safety and soundness and consumer protection, and
- managing receiverships.
On this site, access financial information on specific banks as well as analyses on the banking industry and economic trends. Quick link:http://www.fdic.gov/bank/
Quick link to Bank Data & Statistics:http://www.fdic.gov/bank/statistical/index.html
Federal Reserve Bank of New York
The New York Fed has several unique responsibilities, including conducting open market operations, intervening in foreign exchange markets, and storing monetary gold for foreign central banks, governments and international agencies. Foremost among its functions is the implementation of monetary policy, one of the three missions of the New York Fed. The other two are supervision and regulation, and international operations.
Quick link to home page: http://www.ny.frb.org/index.html
Quick link to the New York Fed XML data described below:http://www.ny.frb.org/xml/
- Commercial Paper Funding Facility
- Federal Funds data
- Historical Foreign Exchange
- Permanent Open Market Operations
- Primary Dealer Statistics data
- Securities Lending Operations
- Temporary Open Market Operations
- Term Securities Lending Facility
Federal Reserve Twelve District Banks
Direct links to the 12 Federal Reserve District Banks and the Board of Governors. The 12 Districts are:
- New York
- St. Louis
- Kansas City
- San Francisco
Quick link: http://www.federalreserve.gov/otherfrb.htm
A repository of speeches, testimony, interviews, and commentary by Federal Open Market Committee participants. You can view by date or participant.
Quick link: http://www.stlouisfed.org/fomcspeak/
International Swaps & Derivatives Association
ISDA’s Research Team covers key topics in derivatives, public policy and financial regulation and is aimed at informing debate, encouraging discussion and illuminating public policy options as these markets evolve. Since its inception, ISDA has led the debate on derivatives matters and continues the tradition of thought leadership. Available on the site:
• Surveys: Assessment and analysis of usage and best practices in key areas of the OTC derivatives markets
• Studies: Analysis and review of key OTC issues, ranging from transparency to liquidity to market structure
• Discussion Papers: ISDA Discussion Papers are a new series of publications covering key topics in derivatives, public policy and financial regulation.
• OTC Derivatives Data Sources: Data on the OTC derivatives market, including its size, clearing volumes and portfolio compression. Quick link to Data Sources: http://www2.isda.org/functional-areas/research/data-sources/
Quick link: http://www2.isda.org/functional-areas/research/
U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Congress created the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) in 1974 as an independent agency with the mandate to regulate commodity futures and option markets in the United States. Available data and information on the CFTC site include:
- Commitments of Traders
- Financial Data for Futures Commission Merchants
- This Month in Futures Markets
- Bank Participation Report
- Index Investment Data
- Cotton On-Call
- Futures Industry Registrants by Location (PDF)
- Staff Findings Regarding the Market Events of May 6, 2010 (PDF)
- Net Position Changes Data
- Interagency Working Group Carbon Oversight Study (PDF)
Quick link: http://www.cftc.gov/MarketReports/index.htm
U.S. Department of the Treasury
The Department of the Treasury operates and maintains systems that are critical to the nation’s financial infrastructure, such as the production of coin and currency, the disbursement of payments to the American public, revenue collection, and the borrowing of funds necessary to run the federal government.
Quick link to Data and Charts Center, where you can find information about the statistics below:
- Daily Treasury Yield Curve Rates
- Daily Treasury Real Yield Curve Rates
- Daily Treasury Bill Rates
- Daily Treasury Long-Term Rates
- Also, TARP Program results: http://www.treasury.gov/initiatives/financial-stability/TARP-Programs/Pages/default.aspx
Quick link to Treasury Resource Center (Monitoring the Economy):
Quick link to the Financial Stability Oversight Council:
U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission (including EDGAR)
The mission of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is to protect investors, maintain fair, orderly, and efficient markets, and facilitate capital formation. For more information about the SEC, see:http://www.sec.gov/about.shtml
Since 1934, the SEC has required disclosure in forms and documents. In 1984, EDGAR began collecting electronic documents to help investors get information. The SEC’s new system requires data disclosure — the next step to improve how investors find and use information. Locate any publicly filed document through targeted searches on EDGAR.
Quick link to EDGAR:http://www.sec.gov/edgar/searchedgar/webusers.htm
Quick link to SEC Final Rules: http://www.sec.gov/rules/final.shtml