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Banks Borrow $164.8 Billion From Fed in Rush to Backstop Liquidity

  • Discount-window borrowing surged to record $152.85 billion
  • New facility usage totaled $11.9 billion in first three days
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WATCH: Banks borrowed a record high combined $165 billion from two Fed backstop facilities in the most recent week. Kriti Gupta reports.Source: Bloomberg
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Banks borrowed a combined $164.8 billion from two Federal Reserve backstop facilities in the most recent week, a sign of escalated funding strains in the aftermath of Silicon Valley Bank’s failure.

Data published by the Fed showed $152.85 billion in borrowing from the discount window  — the traditional liquidity backstop for banks — in the week ended March 15, a record high, up from $4.58 billion the previous week. The prior all-time high was $111 billion reached during the 2008 financial crisis.