Powell hints at long-term goals for Fed balance sheet

Jerome Powell gives testimony
Jerome Powell
Federal Reserve

Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell told US lawmakers on February 26 that roughly $1 trillion in reserves could be left on the Fed’s balance sheet once it stops its balance sheet winddown.

The $1 trillion figure, plus a buffer, is “a reasonable starting point, an estimate, of where [the Fed] might end up”, Powell said in testimony before Congress.

He said the estimated amount of reserves banks need to keep at the Fed has gone up “substantially” due to changing regulatory requirements. 

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