Who Runs The Federal Reserve?

Honors Economics

Month: May, 2014

Continuation of Who Runs The Federal Reserve? : Citations

10 Things That Every American Should Know About The Federal Reserve. (n.d.). The Economic Collapse. Retrieved May 13, 2014, from http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/10-things-that-every-american-should-know-about-the-federal-reserve
Roche, C. (2013, October 26). Here’s Who Actually Owns The Federal ReserveBusiness Insider. Retrieved May 13, 2014, from http://www.businessinsider.com/who-actually-owns-the-federal-reserve-2013-10
“The Banking Swindle.” The Banking Swindle. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 May 2014. <http://criminalbankingmonopoly.wordpress.com/&gt;.

Who Runs The Federal Reserve?


I totally believe that the Federal Reserve is ran by the banks. The banks seem to be the only ones that benefit from them. The Federal Reserve is the reason why our deficit is so high in the United States. When you look at all of the money that is being borrowed by banks everyday, it really is destroying us as a whole tremendously. Why is it that banks like Bank of America, J.P Morgan Chase, Welss Fargo, Citi Financial, One Nation, can borrow billions and trillions of dollars and run up our nations debt. Look at the charts in the blog post previously.

Who Runs The Federal Reserve?

I feel that the federal reserve is ran by banks. Why? Check this out this explains and backs up my response….


The Federal Reserve System fulfills its public mission as an independent entity within government.  It is not “owned” by anyone and is not a private, profit-making institution.

As the nation’s central bank, the Federal Reserve derives its authority from the Congress of the United States. It is considered an independent central bank because its monetary policy decisions do not have to be approved by the President or anyone else in the executive or legislative branches of government, it does not receive funding appropriated by the Congress, and the terms of the members of the Board of Governors span multiple presidential and congressional terms.

However, the Federal Reserve is subject to oversight by the Congress, which often reviews the Federal Reserve’s activities and can alter its responsibilities by statute. Therefore, the Federal Reserve can be more accurately described as “independent within the government” rather than “independent of government.”

The 12 regional Federal Reserve Banks, which were established by the Congress as the operating arms of the nation’s central banking system, are organized similarly to private corporations–possibly leading to some confusion about “ownership.” For example, the Reserve Banks issue shares of stock to member banks. However, owning Reserve Bank stock is quite different from owning stock in a private company. The Reserve Banks are not operated for profit, and ownership of a certain amount of stock is, by law, a condition of membership in the System. The stock may not be sold, traded, or pledged as security for a loan; dividends are, by law, 6 percent per year.

The Federal Reserve is accountable to the public and the U.S. Congress. The Fed has long viewed transparency as a fundamental principle of central banking that supports accountability. In the area of monetary policy, the Federal Reserve reports on its plans for monetary policy. In addition, the Chairman and other Federal Reserve officials often testify before the Congress.

Citigroup – $2.513 trillion
Morgan Stanley – $2.041 trillion
Merrill Lynch – $1.949 trillion
Bank of America – $1.344 trillion
Barclays PLC – $868 billion
Bear Sterns – $853 billion
Goldman Sachs – $814 billion
Royal Bank of Scotland – $541 billion
JP Morgan Chase – $391 billion
Deutsche Bank – $354 billion
UBS – $287 billion
Credit Suisse – $262 billion
Lehman Brothers – $183 billion
Bank of Scotland – $181 billion
BNP Paribas – $175 billion
Wells Fargo – $159 billion
Dexia – $159 billion
Wachovia – $142 billion
Dresdner Bank – $135 billion
Societe Generale – $124 billion
“All Other Borrowers” – $2.639 trillion

So why haven’t we heard more about this?

This is scandalous.


10 Things That Every American Should Know About The Federal Reserve. (n.d.). The Economic Collapse. Retrieved May 13, 2014, from http://theeconomiccollapseblog.com/archives/10-things-that-every-american-should-know-about-the-federal-reserve
Roche, C. (2013, October 26). Here’s Who Actually Owns The Federal Reserve. Business Insider. Retrieved May 13, 2014, from http://www.businessinsider.com/who-actually-owns-the-federal-reserve-2013-10