October 11, 2016
A Critical Role
Last month, S&P Global Ratings issued a report on the Federal Home Loan Bank System. In reaffirming the System’s AA+/Stable rating – the same as the U.S. sovereign rating – S&P highlighted numerous positive aspects about the Federal Home Loan Banks, including our strong capital, funding and risk management positions. Most importantly, however, was S&P’s recognition of the critical role the Federal Home Loan Banks play in the nation’s economy: “We view the FHLBanks’ role as a source of low-cost funding for residential mortgage lending, housing, and community development as very important to meeting the national policy objective of home ownership.”
Of course, it is our members who make the mortgages, who put families in homes they can afford, and who provide the small business loans that drive economic growth and community development. It is the role of the Federal Home Loan Banks to serve as a support system for these activities. It is a role that we perform well; in fact, it is part of our design. As S&P notes, “the System is run as a cooperative for the benefit of its client-owners (private sector financial services companies), with more emphasis on retaining the capacity to quickly increase liquidity provision when needed than on maximizing current profit distribution.”
It is the daily availability of this liquidity that makes us a reliable partner for our members. S&P notes that each individual Federal Home Loan Bank’s business position is strong, due in no small part to “the established market position each has within its own district.” We believe that, for our members in New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, there is no more stable partner than the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York. And our business position is indeed strong: at the end of the second quarter, our cooperative had the third-highest net income, advances and assets in the System, as well as the second-highest advances-to-assets ratio. Over the summer, we continued to grow our advances, ending August 2016 with an advances balance of $96.2 billion. This represents an increase in advances of $7 billion as compared to the same period a year ago. As the uncertainty has continued in the economy, our members have increasingly turned to the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York for the liquidity to meet your funding needs, and the products and programs that help you meet the needs of your communities. Our membership is broad and diverse, with institutions of all types and sizes active in driving advances and allowing our funding to reach every part of our District. Our membership spans institutions with different asset sizes, different business models and different areas of focus. But all are bound by a shared commitment to the communities they serve. We share this commitment, and are proud to be a trusted partner to every member of our cooperative.
As we enter the fourth quarter, we continue to focus on this trusted partnership as we work with our members to ensure that we all close out 2016 on a strong note. Our cooperative continues to perform well, and in the coming months we will announce our third quarter results and dividend declaration. We will also announce our 2016 Affordable Housing Program grants, which reflect a cooperative that meets the housing needs of its communities. And each and every day, our funding will be available to our members, reflecting the critical role that our cooperative, and all the Federal Home Loan Banks, continues to play.
José R. González
President and Chief Executive Officer
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