President's Report

May 31, 2011

At the Bank

On May 11, Edward DeMarco, Acting Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, presented to a conference of Directors of all twelve Home Loan Banks a speech titled “The Franchise Value of Federal Home Loan Banks.” Acting Director DeMarco stated, “The primary benefit of FHLBank System membership is access to a stable and reliable source of funds at attractive rates across the maturity spectrum.” His comments focused mainly on his belief that each Home Loan Bank’s business should be advances. Mr. DeMarco said, “…making advances is central to an FHLBank’s business…”

This vision of the business model appropriate for each Home Loan Bank matches what we at the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York have been successful in creating and maintaining over the years. At the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York, we realize the power of an advance. At the end of the first quarter of 2011, advances comprised 78 percent of our total assets. These advance assets act as a reliable liquidity source for our member lenders to help fund hundreds of community needs. Mr. DeMarco noted that, “to maintain franchise value, an FHLBank must be able to deliver the benefits of System membership to its members.” I can proudly say that we deliver these benefits to our members every day. And we do it through the power of an advance.

In a public forum the following week, Acting Director DeMarco said that the Home Loan Banks continue to be highly valued by our members and again focused on his belief in the advances Bank model. Noting the recent Systemwide decline in advances, Mr. DeMarco stated that “The FHLBanks have managed both the increase and the decline without a hitch. This is a key aspect of their cooperative ownership and their capital structure.” I could not have said it better myself.

One of the benefits of our regional, self-capitalizing, cooperative business model is our ability to safely expand and contract to meet member lending needs throughout various business cycles. Demand for advances expands and contracts with economic and market conditions, and the Home Loan Bank capital structure supports this ebb and flow. Whether Systemwide advances expand to $1 trillion or contract to $445 billion, the level at which advances stood at the end of the first quarter of this year, the key is that advances remain available when our members need them.

At the Home Loan Bank of New York, our advances to our members stood at $75 billion at the end of the first quarter of 2011. That is $75 billion flowing through communities across our region, put to work by our members to help the families and small businesses that are their customers. As our economy continues along the long road to recovery, we continue to work with our members as an advances bank, using our advances to help strengthen communities across New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

 

Sincerely,
Alfred A. DelliBovi
President & CEO


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