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Factoid of the Day Friday, February 27, 2015
U.S. commercial banks were holding $2.83 trillion in cash on 2/11/15, up from $2.57 trillion on 12/31/14, according to Bloomberg. Banks have increased their stakes in Treasuries and debt issued by federal agencies in each of the past 16 months, the longest stretch since 2003, according to Bloomberg. They hold a combined $2.1 trillion. Federal Reserve data indicates that is the most since 1973, according to Bloomberg. Banks are able to earn over 100 basis points more on five-year Treasuries than the 0.25% rate they would receive parking cash at the Fed.
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