News Release 2020-32 | March 16, 2020

Federal Banking Agencies Encourage Banks to Use Federal Reserve Discount Window

Joint Release

Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

The federal bank regulatory agencies today released a statement encouraging banks to use the Federal Reserve’s “discount window” so that they can continue supporting households and businesses.

The discount window provides short-term loans to banks and plays an important role in supporting the liquidity and stability of the banking system. By providing ready access to funding, the discount window helps depository institutions manage their liquidity risks efficiently and avoid actions that have negative consequences for their customers. Thus, the discount window supports the smooth flow of credit to households and businesses.

Media Contacts

FDIC David Barr (202) 898-6895
Federal Reserve Eric Kollig (202) 452-2955
OCC Bryan Hubbard (202) 649-6747

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