Purposes & Functions
The 10th edition of The Federal Reserve System Purposes & Functions details the structure, responsibilities, and aims of the U.S. central banking system. The Federal Reserve System performs five functions to promote the effective operation of the U.S. economy and, more generally, to serve the public interest. It includes three key entities: the Board of Governors, 12 Federal Reserve Banks, and the Federal Open Market Committee.
The Federal Reserve performs five key functions in the public interest to promote the health of the U.S. economy and the stability of the U.S. financial system.
The Board of Governors, the Federal Reserve Banks, and the Federal Open Market Committee work together to promote the health of the U.S. economy and the stability of the U.S. financial system.
The Federal Open Market Committee sets U.S. monetary policy in accordance with its mandate from Congress: to promote maximum employment, stable prices, and moderate long-term interest rates in the U.S. economy.
VIDEO: Fed Functions: Conducting Monetary Policy
The Federal Reserve monitors financial system risks and engages at home and abroad to help ensure the system supports a healthy economy for U.S. households, communities, and businesses.
VIDEO: Fed Functions: Promoting Financial System Stability
The Federal Reserve promotes the safety and soundness of individual financial institutions and monitors their impact on the financial system as a whole.
The Federal Reserve works to promote a safe, efficient, and accessible system for U.S. dollar transactions.
The Federal Reserve advances supervision, community reinvestment, and research to increase understanding of the impacts of financial services policies and practices on consumers and communities.
VIDEO: Fed Functions: Consumer Protection and Community Development
A publication of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
This book is available in Adobe Acrobat format, as a complete publication or by chapter.