Legitimate Differences

The following documents describe "legitimate differences" between The Report of Deposits and Vault Cash (FR 2900) and the financial statements that each depository institution submits to its regulator at the end of each quarter (Statement of Financial Condition (NCUA 5300); Consolidated Reports of Condition and Income (FFIEC 031, FFIEC 041, and FFIEC 051); Report of Assets and Liabilities of U.S.Branches and Agencies of Foreign Banks (FFIEC 002)).

The legitimate difference documents are designed to assist depository institutions when completing their FR 2900 report by comparing certain FR 2900 items with similarly-defined items on the quarterly financial statements. In addition, the legitimate difference documents will help depository institutions better understand questions that may be asked by Federal Reserve System analysts when comparing data from the two reports, a process known as "interseries editing." Interseries editing enhances data quality by reconciling reporting discrepancies. Such discrepancies may be the result of a reporting error or may instead reflect legitimate differences between the items being compared.

Commercial Banks and Savings and Loans
June 2021 (220 KB PDF)
Credit Unions
June 2021 (170 KB PDF)
U.S. Branches and Agencies of Foreign Banks
June 2021 (178 KB PDF)

Last Update: September 29, 2021