President's Report

June 4, 2012

In Washington

Uncertainty Persists

In late April, in testimony before the Senate Banking Committee, HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan confirmed the conventional wisdom that the Administration has no plan to reform Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac “anytime soon.” Then again, there is not a consensus in Congress on how to tackle this complicated matter, either. This lack of immediate action raises many questions regarding GSE reform and the future of our nation’s housing policies. And until these questions are answered, a high degree of uncertainty will persist.

This uncertainty is not limited to housing policy; there is uncertainty to be found in a number of other major policy issues that will come to a head this fall following the November elections. This year’s lame duck session of Congress may very well turn into an exercise in duck-and-cover, as expiring Bush tax cuts and the return of the debt ceiling limit debate pose threats to our economic stability. But amid all this uncertainty, significant opportunities exist for the community banker.

Economic Renaissance

On May 31, I had the pleasure of speaking at the NJBankers Annual Conference. The conference’s theme was “Economic Renaissance”, and as I looked out into the audience – full of Home Loan Bank members, the risk-adverse and responsible local lenders – I realized that, if policymakers want to craft a true economic renaissance, it must be built on the sturdy foundation of the community bank model. The responsible, conservative and consistent community banker has benefitted so many communities throughout our region and across the nation.

Recently, Ed DeMarco, acting director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, referred to Home Loan Bank members as “front-line, local lenders.” The community bank model of knowing your customers and supporting them with responsible, prudent lending has worked to the benefit of this country for decades. It has worked during the recent crisis. And it must be allowed to continue to work if our nation is to recover fully from the financial collapse. Our nation needs its dependable, competitive network of local lenders, and that network needs its global partner: the Federal Home Loan Banks.

In a speech before the National Association of Realtors® on May 15, Director DeMarco stated that a future housing finance system “does require a legal and institutional framework that brings the power of global capital markets to the benefit of local lenders and borrowers around the country. Importantly, we must remember the importance of competition in the marketplace.” The Federal Home Loan Banks bring the global capital markets to the local lender, and the local lender promotes competition in the marketplace, all to the benefit of the consumers and communities these local lenders serve. And there lies our opportunity amid the uncertainty: our nation’s community banks, and the Home Loan Banks that support them, have a great story to tell. We must make sure that we continue to remind policymakers that, as they work to develop the framework for housing reform, they keep those underpinnings and successful public policies that have continued to work.

At the Bank

Advances Averaged $68.8 Billion in April 2012

The Federal Home Loan Bank of New York continues to work for our members. On May 17, we announced a 4.50% dividend for the first quarter of 2012. And our advances levels stood at $68.8 billion at the end of April as our members put nearly $70 billion in funding to work in their communities. This continued focus on being an advances bank allows us fulfill the mission of our Congressional charter and to remain a reliable source of funding for our members – those front-line local lenders who continue to drive job growth and economic development in communities across our region.

I am very proud of the long-serving team we have at the FHLBNY, and these results demonstrate how fortunate we are to have them working to ensure that the FHLBNY continues to be that reliable source of funding for you and the communities you serve.

 

Sincerely,
Alfred A. DelliBovi
President and CEO


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