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Fed Data From 29,000 Pages Show Banks’ Bailout: Methodology

To rank companies by how much they borrowed from the U.S. Federal Reserve during the financial crisis, Bloomberg News examined data the central bank was forced to release about seven programs.

The data were extracted from 29,000 pages of documents and 18 Fed-prepared Microsoft Excel spreadsheets listing more than 21,000 transactions. The records were made public in batches on Dec. 1, 2010, and March 31 and July 6 of this year. The Fed released some of them under the 2010 Dodd-Frank Act and the rest in responses to Freedom of Information Act requests by media outlets including Bloomberg News and related federal court orders. The data covered money borrowed from the central bank from August 2007 through April 2010.