February 18, 2016

Federal Reserve Board issues interim final rule regarding dividend payments on Reserve Bank capital stock

For release at 4:00 p.m. EST

The Federal Reserve Board on Thursday issued an interim final rule that amends Regulation I to implement provisions of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. The FAST Act reduced the dividend rate applicable to Reserve Bank depository institution stockholders with total assets of more than $10 billion (large member banks) to the lesser of 6 percent or the most recent 10-year Treasury auction rate prior to the dividend payment. The dividend rate for other member banks remains at 6 percent. Reserve Banks typically pay dividends to member banks in June and December each year.

The interim final rule also adjusts the treatment of accrued dividends when a Reserve Bank issues or cancels capital stock owned by a large member bank.

The interim final rule is effective upon publication in the Federal Register. The Board will accept comments on the interim final rule for 60 days after publication in the Federal Register.

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Last Update: February 18, 2016