Charting the Federal Reserve’s Assets – 1915 to 2012

Here we present a history of the Fed in charts. As you’ll surely glean from the below — the Fed has degenerated from a by and large passive institution (dealing only in high-quality self-liquidating commercial paper and gold) to an active pursuant of junk, an enabler of wars, a ‘benevolent’ combatant of the depressions of its own creation, a central planner of employment & prices and of course a forgiving friend to inconvenient market follies.

 

Update: You can now buy the data behind these charts.

 

The Fed’s Assets from 1915 to 2012 – Hover & Click to View Each Time Period…

 

 

1915 to 1925

 

The Federal Reserve's Assets from 1915 to 1925

Click to enlarge. The Federal Reserve's Assets from 1915 to 1925. Source: St Louis Fed, FRASER

 

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1925 to 1935

 

The Federal Reserve's Assets from 1925 to 1935

Click to enlarge. The Federal Reserve's Assets from 1925 to 1935. Source: St Louis Fed, FRASER

 

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1935 to 1945

 

The Federal Reserve's Assets from 1935 to 1945

Click to enlarge. - The Federal Reserve's Assets from 1935 to 1945. Source: St Louis Fed, FRASER

 

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1945 to 1955

 

The Federal Reserve's Assets from 1945 to 1955

Click to enlarge. - The Federal Reserve's Assets from 1945 to 1955

 

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1955 to 1965

 

The Federal Reserve's Assets from 1955 to 1965

Click to enlarge. The Federal Reserve's Assets from 1955 to 1965. Source: St Louis Fed, FRASER

 

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1965 to 1975

 

The Federal Reserve's Assets from 1965 to 1975

Click to enlarge. - The Federal Reserve's Assets from 1965 to 1975. Source: St Louis Fed, FRASER

 

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1975 to 1985

 

The Federal Reserve's Assets from 1975 to 1985

Click to enlarge. - The Federal Reserve's Assets from 1975 to 1985. Source: St Louis Fed, FRASER

 

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1985 to 1995

 

The Federal Reserve's Assets from 1985 to 1995

Click to enlarge. - The Federal Reserve's Assets from 1985 to 1995. Source: St Louis Fed, FRASER

 

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1995 to 2005

 

The Federal Reserve's Assets from 1995 to 2005

Click to enlarge. - The Federal Reserve's Assets from 1995 to 2005. Source: St Louis Fed, FRASER

 

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2005 to 2012

 

The Federal Reserve's Assets from 2005 to 2012

Click to enlarge. - The Federal Reserve's Assets from 2005 to 2012. Source: St Louis Fed, FRASER

 

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Posted Feb 13, 2012

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