FRB Amends Regulation D Reserve Requirements of Depository Institutions

December 11, 2020 – The FRB is amending Regulation D, Reserve Requirements of Depository Institutions, to reflect the annual indexing of the reserve requirement exemption amount and the low reserve tranche for 2021. The annual indexation of these amounts is required notwithstanding the FRB’s action in March 2020 setting all reserve requirement ratios to zero.

The Regulation D amendments set the reserve requirement exemption amount for 2021 at $21.1 million of reservable liabilities (up from 16.9 million in 2020). The Regulation D amendments also set the amount of net transaction accounts at each depository institution (over the reserve requirement exemption amount) that could be subject to a reserve requirement ratio of not more than 3 percent (and which may be zero) in 2021 at $182.9 million (up from $127.5 million in 2020). This amount is known as the low reserve tranche.

The adjustments to both of these amounts are derived using statutory formulas specified in the Federal Reserve Act (the “Act”). The annual indexation of the reserve requirement exemption amount and low reserve tranche, though required by statute, will not affect depository institutions’ reserve requirements, which will remain zero. The Board is also announcing changes in two other amounts, the nonexempt deposit cutoff level and the reduced reporting limit, which are used to determine the frequency at which depository institutions must submit deposit reports.
 
Effective date: January 11, 2021

Compliance dates:

The new low reserve tranche and reserve requirement exemption amount will apply to the fourteen-day reserve maintenance period that begins January 14, 2021. For depository institutions that report deposit data weekly, this maintenance period corresponds to the fourteen-day computation period that begins December 15, 2020. For depository institutions that report deposit data quarterly, this maintenance period corresponds to the seven-day computation period that begins December 15, 2020. The new values of the nonexempt deposit cutoff level, the reserve requirement exemption amount, and the reduced reporting limit will be used to determine the frequency at which a depository institution submits deposit reports effective in either June or September 2021.

For more information, visit www.federalregister.gov.



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