President's Report

September 2, 2010

At the Bank

FHLBNY Announces Second Quarter 2010 Dividend of 4.60%

On August 19, 2010, the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York’s (“FHLBNY”) Board of Directors approved a dividend rate for the second quarter of 2010 of 4.60% (annualized). The FHLBNY’s dividend rate for the first quarter of 2010 was 4.25%. The dollar amount of the second quarter dividend was approximately $55.2 million. The cash dividend was distributed to member financial institutions on August 20. The dividend reflects the FHLBNY’s low-risk profile/ conservative investment strategy and is indicative of a low interest rate business environment coupled with increased earnings volatility caused by evolving accounting standards.

Advances Averaged $79.6 Billion in July

During July 2010, average advances remained steady, decreasing $398.7 million to $79.6 billion. Demand remains tepid as our members experience continued growth in retail deposits. Yet FHLBNY advances continue to be a stable source of funding support that our members need to perform the everyday duties that drive local economic development and job growth in communities across our region.

In Washington

GSE Reform

There has been no summer lull in Washington, and now, with the “Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act” passed and moving into the implementation phase, Congress and the Administration have turned their focus to considering various policy options for restructuring the nation’s housing finance system. Although the focus of this effort has primarily been on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, it is possible that the Federal Home Loan Bank System may be brought into the discussion.

In April, the Department of the Treasury and the Department of Housing and Urban Development set forth for public response a series of seven questions on housing finance reform and what the government’s role should be in a reformed system. This allowed opinions from all corners of the housing market – from community bankers to mortgage lenders to economists to non-profit housing organizations to homebuilders to the homeowners themselves – a chance to be heard.

This broad reach approach continued in August, when Treasury and HUD hosted a robust housing summit featuring a wide range of experts, drawn from every facet of the marketplace, to discuss housing finance. It is heartening that policymakers seem to be willing to listen to experts from across the housing system.

We will continue to monitor GSE reform developments. Of course, as was the case during the recent debate on Wall Street reform, I hope our members will continue to reach out to the Members of Congress and other policymakers to educate them on the importance of community banking and the value you receive from the cooperative Federal Home Loan Bank System.

With your help in getting our success story out and, most importantly, with you continuing to make suitable, responsible loans within your communities, we can help push back the tide of ill will the banking industry has experienced and allow reason and responsibility to regain their keystone functions in our economy.

I hope you all have had a wonderful summer, and enjoy the holiday weekend.

 

Sincerely,
Alfred A. DelliBovi
President & CEO


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