January 30, 2014
During 2013, FHLB Boston members continued to layer in long-term funding. One hundred thirty-nine members took down more than $2.5 billion in long-term funds from one- to 20-year maturities in 2013.
In December alone, members took down $383 million in long-term advances, including 25 members who accessed more than $150 million through specials. An improving economy and accompanying loan demand, increasing regulator focus on interest-rate risk, and the Fed's recent late-year announcement of tapering were among the important factors leading to this result.
Fortunately, long-term advance pricing continues to offer an excellent opportunity to hedge against rising rates. We'll keep you informed about our aggressively priced specials, but remember, most of our discounted offerings are based on your requests.
As always, we encourage you to contact the Money Desk or your relationship manager when you have an interest in any specific advance product, structure, or term.