Fed balance sheet expands to $2.65 trillion (by Greg Robb)
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) - The Federal Reserve's balance sheet expanded to $2.65 trillion in the week ended April 6 from $2.63 trillion in the prior week, the central bank said on Thursday. The Fed continues to purchase Treasurys to try to lower long-term interest rates, and its holdings of Treasurys rose to $1.358 trillion from $1.333 trillion. With the federal funds rate stuck at zero since December 2008, the Fed has engaged in two rounds of asset purchases, known as quantitative easing, to try to spur economic activity. The result is a much larger balance sheet. By comparison, the Fed's balance sheet totaled $870 billion in December 2007. Fed officials have now begun planning for an exit from this ultra-easy monetary policy.