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FEDERAL




OF

RESERVE
N E W

AN N U AL

YO R K

REPORT

1 9 6 7

B A N K

FEDERAL

RESERVE

BANK

OF

NEW

YORK

February 28, 1968
To the M ber B
em
anks in the
Second Federal Reserve District:
It is w great pleasure that I present our fifty-third Annual
ith
Report, reviewing the major economic and financial developm
ents of
1 6 ";
97
The past year w a trying one for the U
as
nited States economy.
A major inventory adjustm took place w
ent
ithout serious consequences,
and the economy moved on to new records of output, income, and employ­
m
ent. B the country w plagued by a num of economic ills. Delay
ut
as
ber
in the application of fiscal restraint m
eant that the economic burden of
the Vietnam war w reflected in a massive budget deficit, rising interest
as
rates, m
ounting cost and price pressures, and a deterioration in the U
nited
States balance of paym
ents. Violence in the cities pointed up the costs of
poverty and discrimination to the country. The international financial
system was rocked by the devaluation of sterling and the subsequent brief,
but intense, stam
pede into gold. The threat to the dollar w countered as
as
1968 opened by the President's stringent new balance-of-payments program.
M
onetary policy continued to ease through the first third of 1967
in order to prevent the downw tendencies in the economy from cum
ard
ulating,
and then remained essentially unchanged until late in the year. W the
hile
need to move toward a more restrictive policy became increasingly evident
after midyear, uncertainty over the proposed tax surcharge, heavy Treasury
financing, and pressure on sterling all m delay in changing the stance of
ade
monetary policy advisable. Toward the year-end, however, the setting
changed and the System employed all the traditional instruments--the discount
rate, open m
arket operations, and reserve requirements--in m
oving toward
som
ewhat firmer monetary conditions.
In 1968, economic policy m seek a reduction in inflationary
ust
pressures and a significant improvement in the balance of paym
ents, both
in the context of a growing economy. An appropriate mix of monetary and
fiscal policies, including enactm of the long-needed tax increase, can
ent
m a major contribution to this effort.
ake




ALFRED H Y S
AE
President




Federal Reserve Bank
of New York

F IF T Y -T H IR D
A N N U A L

R E P O R T

For the Year
Ended on
December 3 1 ,1 9 6 7

Second Federal Reserve District




C on ten ts:
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1967: A Trying Y e a r.........................

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THE UNITED STATES ECONOMY. . . .

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Business Conditions: Readjustment
and Renewed Growth.......................
Inventory accumulation declines
sharply, but final spending remains
strong ................................................
The resurgence of residential
construction .......................................
Business fixed investment.................
Consumers exercise caution...............
Cost and price increases accelerate. . .
Monetary Policy and Credit Markets:
Uncertainties and the Quest for
Liquidity..............................................
Rising pressures in the capital
markets ..............................................
Monetary policy and the money
market ..............................................
Accelerated growth of bank credit,
money supply, and *
other liquid assets

12
12
15
17
17
18

Financial Statements............................ 53
Statement of earnings and expenses.. 53
Statement of condition..................... ... 54
Changes in Membership................... ... 56
Changes in Directors and Officers .. 57
Changes in directors......................... ... 57
Changes in officers ........................... ...58
Member of Federal Advisory
Council— 1968 ......................................61
List of Directors and Officers............... 62

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22
24

CH ARTS

27

THE INTERNATIONAL ECONOMY . . .

31

Chart 1: Changes in Gross National
Product and Selected Components. . . .

13

The Sterling Devaluation.................

31

Chart 2: Residential Construction. . . .

16

International Monetary System:
Cooperation and Reform .................

34

Chart 3: Rising Consumer and
Wholesale Prices ........................................

20

The United States Balance of
Payments: A Serious Setback..........
Surplus on goods and services
narrows..............................................
Capital outflows increase...................
Financing the deficit...........................
The 1968 balance-of-payments
program ............................................

37
38
40
41
42

The Economic Slowdown in Industrial
Countries Abroad............................. 44

Chart 4: Capital Markets and Long­
term Interest Rates..................................... 22
Chart 5: Free Reserves and Short-term
Interest Rates............................................... 25
Chart 6: Bank Credit and Liquid
Assets ..............................................................
Chart 7: United States Balance-ofPayments Deficit ........................................

28
39

THIS BANK’S OPERATIONS ............

49

Chart 8: Production and Wholesale
Prices in Industrial Countries Abroad 45

Volume and Trend of the
Bank’s Operations.............................

49

Chart 9: Central Bank Discount Rates
and Short-term Interest Rates............ 47







Fifty-third Annual Report
Federal Reserve Bank of New York

1967: A Tryin g Year
The United States economy avoided a recession in the first part of 1967 and
moved on to reach new records of output, employment, and income. Yet, in the
midst of unprecedented prosperity, the country was plagued by a variety of
economic ills. The execution of economic policy was frustrated by lack of
agreement on how the burden of the Vietnam war should be met. Delay in the
application of fiscal restraint in the face of a large budget deficit and of infla­
tionary pressures in the latter part of the year posed a serious dilemma for
monetary policy; partly as a result, the policy of monetary ease was continued
until late in the year, when the Federal Reserve System shifted its stance toward
somewhat firmer credit conditions. Huge Treasury financing needs contributed
to a surprisingly rapid rise in interest rates, in some instances to the highest
levels in this century. An affluent nation was reminded of the extent of misery
in our society by outbreaks of violence in many cities. A wage-price spiral
gathered momentum during the year and threatened both domestic stability and
the international standing of the dollar. The devaluation of sterling rocked the
international financial system in November and led to a brief stampede into gold.
The threat to the dollar, already plagued by a long succession of payments
deficits, was countered as 1968 opened by the President’s unprecedentedly
stringent balance-of-payments program.
The problems experienced by the American economy in 1967 stemmed in large
part from the cumulative strains of a military buildup superimposed since mid1965 upon an almost fully employed economy. In the two and a half years
following mid-1965, defense spending rose by 50 per cent. At the same time,




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the United States attempted to continue meeting its responsibilities around the
world and to its less fortunate citizens at home. Since all this was done without
major fiscal restraint, it is perhaps less surprising that troubles ensued than that
they were not greater.
The stresses that had developed in 1966, when appropriate fiscal restraint
was not applied to moderate the boom, largely shaped the course of the do­
mestic economy in 1967. In the first half of the year the economy had to adjust to
the big overhang of inventories that had developed toward the end of 1966. Within
two calendar quarters, inventory investment dropped from an annual rate of
more than $ 18 billion to practically nothing— the severest inventory investment
adjustment on record. At the same time, plant and equipment spending edged off,
following the upsurge of the preceding three years. And yet, under the stimulus of
monetary and fiscal ease, the downturn in business outlays did not cumulate, con­
fidence did not crumble, and the economy held steady. By midyear, the inventory
adjustment was largely completed and the overall expansion quickened. In the
fall, output was disrupted by major strikes in the automobile and other indus­
tries, but by November the economy was again moving strongly ahead. While
defense expenditures showed signs of leveling off, business spending on both
fixed capital and inventories was picking up pace and residential construction
was extending the vigorous recovery that had started early in the year. The
behavior of the consumer remained a puzzle. Throughout the year, consumer
spending on goods and services grew fairly steadily, reflecting rising personal
incomes. But the expected loosening of consumer purse strings did not occur,
and individuals continued to save an unusually high proportion of their incomes.
The Vietnam war was a major uncertainty depressing consumer spending, but
no doubt anxiety over economic prospects, higher taxes, and rising prices also
contributed.
The price situation in 1967 did indeed justify serious misgivings. In the first
part of the year, the sluggishness in the overall economy was accompanied
by reduced price pressures. Later, however, the advance in consumer prices
accelerated and industrial prices started moving up once more. For 1967 as a
whole, the broadest measure of price change, the GNP deflator, rose by 3 per
cent over 1966, the largest annual increase in ten years. This occurred despite
the fact that industrial capacity, continuing the rapid growth of earlier years,
was not being fully utilized. The aftereffects of the excesses of 1966 persisted, as
they do once inflationary tendencies develop. These tendencies became inten­
sified in the last half of 1967, when the substantial completion of the inventory
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adjustment gave impetus to the rapid advance of overall demands and infla­
tionary expectations began to spread. Costs mounted steeply during the year as
the growth of productivity slowed down and the advance in wages speeded up.
Past and prospective increases in the cost of living, in particular, spurred labor
demands for higher take-home pay.
The avoidance of inflationary wage settlements and price pressures is a
major unresolved economic policy issue in a free society committed to steady
growth and full employment. No industrialized democracy has yet found a way
to resolve the problem, although a number have succeeded for limited periods
and in special circumstances. Some observers have counseled direct controls or
periodic recessions. Others regard inflation as a small and necessary price for
absorbing into gainful and productive employment all those who, for reasons of
racial discrimination or other hindrances, have not been able to find their rightful
place in our society. But surely these diverse views all amount to a counsel of
despair. The country has not brought into full play other measures that can
achieve the same ends without the costs of inflation, recession, or controls.
Greatly enlarged efforts by both government and business to train and place
workers, along the lines of President Johnson’s job opportunity program, deserve
extremely high priority.
The Federal Reserve continued in 1967 to strive for the maintenance of an
appropriate financial setting in which the overall goal of noninflationary growth
could best be furthered. In the first half of the year, monetary policy worked
hand in hand with fiscal policy to prevent the downward tendencies in the econ­
omy from cumulating. In the latter part of the year, the task of the System was
made difficult by a variety of circumstances. The need to reduce the monetary
stimulus and then actually to restrain the gathering demands in the economy
became evident, but delay in changing the posture of monetary policy seemed
advisable. In the first place, the outcome of President Johnson’s recommen­
dations for a program of fiscal restraint remained long in doubt. The heavy
volume of Treasury borrowing, moreover, on a number of occasions argued
against a shift in policy. At the same time, the escalation of interest rates and
the great sensitivity that financial institutions carried over from 1966 threatened
to magnify out of all proportion any System attempt to pull in the reins. Finally,
the pound sterling, after a period of good recovery early in the year, was again
in difficulty and an exacerbation of British problems had to be avoided.
Thus, the Federal Reserve, after having followed a policy of easing monetary
conditions through the first four months of the year, maintained its policy of




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ease until November. Then the devaluation of the British pound, the collapse
of hopes of early enactment of a tax increase, a gap in the schedule of Treasury
financing operations, and a steadying of the financial markets changed the setting
for System policy. On November 19, the day after the British devaluation and a rise
in the Bank of England’s discount rate from 6V per cent to 8 per cent, Federal
2
Reserve Bank discount rates were raised to 4 V per cent from the 4 per cent
2
level to which they had been lowered in April. Open market policy moved in
December to achieve somewhat firmer monetary conditions and, just before the
year-end, an increase in member bank reserve requirements against demand de­
posits was announced to take effect in January.
The behavior of financial markets throughout most of the year differed greatly
from normal patterns during a period of monetary ease. Considerable financial
stringency had developed in 1966 when monetary policy received little support
from fiscal policy in the restraint of the boom. This stringency left its imprint
on the behavior of lenders and borrowers throughout 1967. A new caution in the
undertaking of financial commitments and a striving for liquidity thus dominated
financial markets despite the turnaround of monetary policy. Long-term interest
rates, which had turned down in the last months of 1966, reversed their course
early in the spring and moved up rather steadily through the rest of the year.
Corporate borrowers undertook a record volume of new long-term borrowing,
as they strove to rebuild their liquid assets and to reduce their reliance on com­
mercial banks. State and local governments also borrowed heavily, both for
their own use and to finance corporate projects through issues of industrial rev­
enue bonds. The bond markets digested the record volume of new offerings
relatively well, notwithstanding fears in the second half of the year that excep­
tionally large Treasury financing needs would preempt much of the market
supply of available funds. The System, when appropriate, used the need for
reserve injections to help facilitate the market’s functioning through purchases
of coupon issues. The prospects of heavy Treasury borrowings after midyear
also changed the course of shorter term interest rates. In response to monetary
ease, these rates declined almost without interruption during the first four to five
months of 1967, but in June they jumped sharply and continued to rise for the
rest of the year.
Unlike the markets for securities, commercial banks and thrift institutions
experienced a year relatively free from strains. Interest rate relationships, at least
during the first part of the year, were more favorable to the savings institutions
than in 1966. Given a high general level of consumer saving, flows of funds into
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these institutions were thus substantial during most of the period. As a result,
mortgage lending, particularly by the savings and loan associations, rose briskly
from the depressed level of 1966. The commercial banks were also able to in­
crease their time deposits sharply and, as the Federal Reserve supplied a growing
volume of bank reserves, total commercial bank credit expanded very rapidly. In
fact, the commercial banks in 1967 almost doubled their share in the total credit
extension in the economy from the low of 1966, and raised it considerably above
the average of earlier years. With private demand for bank loans relatively mod­
erate and Government financing very heavy, more than one half of the year’s rec­
ord bank credit expansion was in the form of increased holdings of United States
Government and municipal securities. In the closing months of the year the
pattern of financial flows began to change. As interest rate differentials turned
increasingly against the commercial banks and the thrift institutions and in
favor of market instruments, inflows of savings to the financial intermediaries
slackened. At the same time, the rapid growth of bank credit and of the money
supply slowed.
In 1967, as in earlier years, considerations of the United States balance of
payments played a role in the Federal Reserve’s conduct of monetary policy.
But with high and rising interest rates already moderating capital outflows, the
scope for additional direct monetary influence on the payments deficit was quite
limited. As it turned out, the liquidity deficit deteriorated sharply during the
year and reached $3.6 billion for 1967 as a whole, as against $1.4 billion in
1966. The trade surplus failed to improve, as a slowdown in the economies of
our major trading partners limited the rise in our exports. At the same time,
military expenditures abroad jumped further— the balance-of-payments costs of
the Vietnam war were estimated at %
\V2 billion annually— and capital outflows
increased. The troublesome United States balance-of-payments position made
the United States dollar especially vulnerable in the closing weeks of 1967,
when the world’s monetary system felt the shock of sterling devaluation.
The measures that had been instituted by the British government since 1964
to restore Britain’s international payments position, particularly the tough
program that followed the mid-1966 sterling crisis, had by the start of 1967
finally shown signs of bearing fruit. Britain’s basic payments position moved into
surplus, volatile capital flows turned in London’s favor, and Britain was able
to liquidate all the short-term debts it had outstanding to the Federal Reserve
and other central banks while adding substantially to its reserves. But then came
a quick succession of adverse developments, including in particular the Arab-




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Israeli war in June and its wide repercussions. The British payments position
weakened once more, capital started moving out, and confidence in sterling
sank to another low. In November, the British government faced the choice
o f imposing still further unpopular restraints on the British public to restore
equilibrium at the existing sterling parity, which was coming under increasing
domestic criticism, or o f devaluing the British currency and backing up devalu­
ation with very similar domestic restraints. It chose the latter course. This decision,
once taken, was accepted without countermeasures by most o f the rest o f the
world. Indeed, leading industrial nations continued to provide support in the
form o f new credits which would also have been available had Britain opted
to stay with the old parity.
The change in sterling parity inevitably led to turmoil in international financial
markets. In the uncertainty that was created, other currencies— and particularly
the dollar— became suspect, and an unprecedented wave of speculation buffeted
the gold markets. In the face of this threat to the world monetary system, cen­
tral banks once again moved promptly to meet the challenge. The United States
and the other participants in the G old Pool reaffirmed their support o f the fixed
monetary price o f $35 per ounce o f gold and made massive sales o f gold in
the London market to hold the market price steady. Measures were also taken
to discourage private purchases o f gold, to ease strains in the Euro-dollar market,
and to calm forward exchange markets. In addition, most o f the Federal Reserve
swap arrangements were substantially enlarged, raising the total o f the swap
facilities in the network to over $7 billion. Earlier in the year, international
financial cooperation had passed another important milestone when the board
o f governors of the International Monetary Fund approved the outline o f a
plan to establish special drawing rights in the IM F to supplement existing
international reserve assets in case o f need.
Cooperative measures among the monetary authorities o f the leading coun­
tries and the development o f new financial mechanisms, however, are not suffi­
cient to ensure the smooth functioning of the world payments system. Policies
to adjust the payments balances o f individual countries in order to avoid extreme
deficits and surpluses are vital. The Vietnam war had interrupted United States
progress to a balanced payments position. The devaluation o f sterling had ex­
posed the United States dollar and thus the entire world financial system to
renewed questioning. In this setting, President Johnson acted at the turn o f the
year to reduce the country’s payments deficit through a series o f drastic mea­
sures. T o the extent that these measures put further obstacles to the flow of
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international transactions, they are of course undesirable in the long run. But
they are to be regarded as a means of buying the time that is needed in order
to restore payments balance through the working of market forces within the
framework o f appropriate policies. They are, moreover, greatly preferable to the
chaotic conditions that could arise from failure to defend the dollar.
A s 1968 opened, it was clear that restoration o f fiscal order was priority
number one for United States econom ic policy. Fiscal restraint was called for
to reduce a large budget deficit, to moderate an accelerating domestic expansion,
to curb the rise in costs and prices, and to help restore payments equilibrium.
Beyond this, however, the American nation faces basic decisions about longer
run priorities. The United States has taken on a great many responsibilities
around the world, and at the same time it faces massive econom ic and social
problems at home. The country’s productive resources are enormous, but we
have not yet harnessed our strength properly. If we do not, the troubles o f 1967
will seem very minor indeed.




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TH E UN ITED S TA TE S ECONOM Y
Business Conditions: Readjustment and
Renewed Growth
The pattern o f econom ic activity was uneven during 1967. In the first part
o f the year the growth o f the economy was dampened by a massive inventory
adjustment. However, final spending— gross national product (G N P ) minus in­
ventory investment— held up very well during this period as government ex­
penditures advanced sharply and residential construction turned up. Around mid­
year the tempo o f business activity began to quicken: inventory accumulation
started to increase again and residential construction spending accelerated. Busi­
ness fixed capital spending also strengthened in the latter part o f the year. Thus,
the econom y posted a strong gain during the second half o f 1967 despite a wave
of major strikes. Over the year as a whole, GNP advanced to a record $785
billion— an increase of $42 billion over the total value o f goods and services
produced in 1966— and carried the current econom ic expansion through its
seventh consecutive year, the longest advance in United States history.
Although the moderate pace of econom ic growth in the first part o f the year
temporarily weakened the pressure
was more conducive to inflation in
o f the current decade. Productivity
increases accelerated. A s a result,

o f demand on prices, the cost environment
1967 than it had been in the previous years
grew very slowly during the year, but wage
unit labor costs advanced sharply. Under

these circumstances, the demand pressures that began to develop at the end of
the second quarter were quickly reflected in price increases, and these in turn
contributed to intensified wage demands. For the year as a whole, over half o f
the increase in GNP represented price increases (see Chart 1 ).

INVENTORY ACCUMULATION DECLINES SHARPLY, BUT FINAL SPEND­
ING r e m a i n s s t r o n g . The weakness in aggregate demand in the first half of
1967 reflected an exceptionally large cutback in inventory spending. In 1966,
stocks had accumulated at a rapid rate, and by the fourth quarter o f that year
inventory spending had reached an annual pace o f over $18 billion. The buildup
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C hart 1 .
C H A N G E S IN G R O S S N A T IO N A L P R O D U C T AND S E L E C T E D C O M ­
P O N E N T S : T h e a d v a n c e in G N P in t h e f i r s t a nd s e c o n d q u a r t e r s o f 1 9 6 7
w a s s l o w e d by a l a r g e d e c l i n e in t h e r a t e o f i n v e n t o r y a c c u m u l a t i o n . D u r i n g
t h e s a m e p e r i o d , h o w e v e r , a s h a r p i n c r e a s e in g o v e r n m e n t o u t l a y s a n d a
t u r n a r o u n d in r e s i d e n t i a l c o n s t r u c t i o n e x p e n d i t u r e s c o n t r i b u t e d t o s u b s t a n t i a l
g r o w t h in f i n a l s p e n d i n g . G NP i n c r e a s e d m u c h m o r e r a p id l y in t h e s e c o n d
h a l f o f t h e y e a r , a s i n v e n t o r y a c c u m u l a t i o n a d v a n c e d and f i n a l d e m a n d c o n ­
t i n u e d t o r i s e q u i t e ra p id l y .

1962

1963

1964




1965

1966

1967

Data fo r 1966-67 are q u a rte rly changes in seasonally adjusted
annual rate levels. For 1962-65, data areyear-over-year changes
d ivided by 4 for com parability.
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in inventories was most rapid in the durables manufacturing sector, particularly
in the defense and capital goods industries. The substantial rise in the goods-inprocess component o f manufacturers’ stocks indicated that some of the buildup
was intentional and reflected the acceleration o f capital and defense spending.
However, the sizable increases in stocks o f finished goods in both the manu­
facturing and trade sectors pushed inventory-sales ratios to their highest levels
in several years, suggesting that a disturbingly large part o f the inventory
accumulation was the result of unexpectedly small gains in sales. Thus, the
stage was set for the slowdown in inventory spending that occurred in 1967.
In an effort to bring inventories into better alignment with sales, businessmen
reduced the annual pace of inventory accumulation by $18 billion in the first half
o f 1967, the largest cutback in inventory spending in the postwar period. Retail­
ers let their inventory holdings actually decline over the first seven months o f the
year and were particularly successful in reducing their stock-sales ratio. Inventory
cutbacks at the retail level meant slower sales in the wholesale sector, where the
downward adjustment o f stocks was accordingly more gradual. By midyear,
however, the inventory-sales ratio in the trade sector as a whole had declined
to its relatively low 1965 level. The problem o f excessive inventories was much
more serious in manufacturing than in the trade sector. Although manufacturers
added relatively small amounts to their inventories in the first half o f the year
and actually cut back their stocks in June, inventory-sales ratios— particularly for
durables manufacturers— remained high until late in the year, when sales ad­
vanced sharply.
This massive readjustment of inventory spending removed the overhang of
unwanted stocks in most sectors, however, and in the second half o f the year sales
picked up, expectations became more buoyant, and inventory accumulation ac­
celerated. During this period, businessmen added to their stocks at an annual
rate o f $6V2 billion, and this turnaround in inventory accumulation, along with
the continued strength o f final demand, was a major factor contributing to the
vigorous growth o f the economy in the second half o f the year.
Although the sharp decline in inventory accumulation during the first half of
1967 constituted a major drag on econom ic activity, other spending held up re­
markably well and was a source o f considerable strength throughout the year.
The advance in final demand in the first quarter o f 1967 was well over twice
the increase during the final quarter of 1966 and was largely attributable to an
accelerated rate o f expansion in government outlays. Government spending at
both the Federal and the state and local levels advanced very sharply in the first
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quarter, and for 1967 as a whole the increase in total government purchases of
goods and services accounted for over half o f the rise in GNP, the highest pro­
portion since 1958.
The growth in Federal spending tapered off during the last three quarters of
1967 despite a large retroactive pay increase for both military and civilian gov­
ernment employees late in the year. Defense spending grew less rapidly as
the year progressed but continued to play a dominant role in the Federal sector
and to exert an important influence on econom ic activity in general, as it has
since the escalation o f the Vietnam conflict in m id-1965. Defense expenditures
rose 20 per cent in 1967, with a particularly large increase occurring in the
first quarter. Federal nondefense outlays for goods and services advanced by
almost 5 per cent last year, in contrast to a slight decline in 1966 when funds
for highways and other public projects were impounded to help ease inflationary
pressures. State and local government spending continued to rise steadily to a
total of $86V2t billion in 1967, an advance o f 12 per cent over the previous year.

THE RESURGENCE OF RESIDENTIAL CONSTRUCTION.
Private Spending
was strengthened by a rebound in residential construction in 1967. Homebuilding
was severely depressed in 1966, as heavy demands for credit in conjunction with
monetary restraint forced market rates of interest to the highest levels in decades.
Mutual savings banks and savings and loan associations, which are traditionally
the largest sources o f home mortgage credit, were unable to compete successfully
for savings and had to restrict the supply o f funds to the mortgage market. Build­
ers and potential homeowners were often unable to obtain credit and had to defer
the construction and purchase o f housing until such credit could be obtained. Late
in 1966, savings flows into thrift institutions began to accelerate, as market yields
declined in response to the move toward a less restrictive monetary policy and
as the rate o f personal saving increased. Rising inflows enabled these institu­
tions to expand their mortgage loans and commitments.
The recovery in residential construction quickly followed the easing o f finan­
cial conditions toward the end o f 1966. The upswing gained momentum in the
spring and continued almost uninterrupted throughout 1967. The rising trend
o f household formation and the backlog o f demand that was deferred in 1966,
in addition to the improved supply o f credit, helped to spur the recovery. Private
nonfarm housing starts advanced during most o f the year (see Chart 2 ) and, in
the fourth quarter o f 1967, averaged over 1.4 million units at an annual rate,




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C hart 2 .
R E S I D E N T I A L C O N S T R U C T I O N : A f t e r f a l l i n g s h a r p l y in 1 9 6 6 ,
l a r g e l y in r e s p o n s e t o t h e c r e d i t s q u e e z e , p r i v a t e n o n f a r m h o u s i n g s t a r t s a d ­
v a n c e d s t r o n g l y in 1 9 6 7 a s c r e d i t m a r k e t c o n d i t i o n s e a s e d . S p e n d i n g on r e s i ­
dential c o n stru c tio n also re co rd e d a su b sta ntia l gain o v e r th e co u r s e of th e
y e a r . I n d e e d , by t h e f o u r t h q u a r t e r o f 1 9 6 7 , c u r r e n t d o l l a r o u t l a y s had r e a c h e d
t h e h i g h e s t an n u a l r a t e in f o u r y e a r s .
Billions of
d ollars

Thousands
of units

1600

28

1400

26

1200

24

1000

22

1965

1966

1967

Q ua rte rly d ata are expressed a t seasonally adjusted a nnual rates.

the highest average since the October-December period of 1965 and sharply
higher than the average of less than 900,000 units in the fourth quarter of 1966.
Spending on residential construction rose markedly from the fourth quarter of
1966 to the fourth quarter of 1967 and, in the latter period, reached an annual
rate o f $27Vi billion. A t the close of the year, however, fears of another squeeze
on the mortgage market and the home-building industry began to arise, as market
yields on many instruments surpassed their 1966 peaks, threatening to divert
the flow of savings away from financial intermediaries into the open market.
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b u s in e s s f ix e d in v e s t m e n t .

Business fixed investment outlays leveled
off in 1967, in marked contrast to the three previous years in which capital
spending contributed substantially to the econom y’s growth. After reaching an
annual rate o f almost $83 billion in the last quarter o f 1966, business fixed

investment spending declined modestly through much o f 1967. The slackening
in the investment boom reflected the general slowdown in econom ic activity in
the first half o f the year, when inventories were excessive, sales were sluggish,
and there was an easing in capacity pressures. The high cost and limited avail­
ability o f credit in 1966 and the suspension o f the 7 per cent tax credit and
accelerated depreciation schedules in October o f that year also served to dampen
capital spending in the early part o f 1967. M oreover, rising labor and materials
costs, along with slow productivity growth and lagging demand, put a squeeze
on profits, which further slowed business spending on new production facilities.
In June, however, the tax credit and accelerated depreciation schedules were
reinstated and, in the third quarter, corporate profits advanced for the first time
in a year. These developments, plus a noticeable strengthening o f the business
outlook, contributed to an upturn in capital spending in the latter part o f the
year, despite uncertainty over the outcome o f Congressional debate on the pro­
posed surcharge on corporate and individual income taxes. For the year as a
whole, business fixed investment spending was only about 3 per cent greater than
in 1966, compared with an average annual growth o f 14 per cent in the three pre­
vious years. While most o f the 1967 advance represented price increases, the
high level of capital spending in current dollar terms contributed to heavy cor­
porate borrowing in the bond markets throughout the year.

c o n s u m e r s e x e r c i s e c a u t i o n . Consumer spending advanced only m od­
erately in 1967 despite a continued strong advance in disposable personal in­
come. Consumers were cautious in view o f uncertainties stemming from the
Vietnam war and the possibility of a tax increase. Rising prices and strikes also
had a dampening effect on consumer spending. For 1967 as a whole, consumer
expenditures rose by only 5Vi per cent. The increase in spending on durable
goods was the weakest since 1961, and consumer outlays for nondurables grew
less rapidly than in the previous three years. In contrast, spending on services
continued to advance at a rapid rate. However, a large share o f the increase in
consumer outlays for services, as well as for both durable and nondurable goods,
merely reflected higher prices.




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Personal saving rose by an exceptionally large 30 per cent in 1967 as a
result of consumers’ reluctance to increase spending in line with the continued
sharp rise in disposable income. Although the advance in wage and salary in­
com e moderated as the growth of the economy slowed in the first half o f the
year, Government transfer payments, such as welfare benefits, relief, and unem­
ployment compensation, took up some of the slack and, after midyear, the in­
crease in wage and salary income accelerated along with the quickening tempo
o f business activity. The decision of consumers to save, rather than spend, an
unusually large fraction o f this income resulted in a sharp rise in the savings
rate— the ratio of personal saving to disposable personal income— which soared
to over 7 per cent last year, compared with an average o f just over 5Vi per cent
in the previous years o f the current expansion. The relatively high interest rates
that prevailed through most o f 1967, in addition to rising incomes and consumer
cautiousness, may well have provided an inducement to higher saving during the
year.

c o s t a n d p r ic e in c r e a s e s a c c e l e r a t e .
Although the econom y con­
tinued to utilize its labor resources at a relatively high rate in 1967, pressures on

its physical productive facilities eased. The capacity utilization rate in manufac­
turing declined to an average of just over 85 per cent, the lowest rate in three
years and considerably below the preferred rate. The drop was particularly
sharp in the first half o f the year, when industrial production declined in response
to the inventory adjustment while new plant and equipment were becoming avail­
able at a fairly rapid rate as a result of the large increase in investment expendi­
tures in recent years. Although the drop in capacity utilization was widespread,
the rate remained high in a few industries, such as aerospace, rubber, and
petroleum refining. M oreover, with aggregate demand increasing sharply in the
second half o f the year, the overall capacity utilization rate edged upward in the
fourth quarter, despite the fact that production was crippled by strikes in the
auto, copper, steel-hauling, and farm equipment industries.
Conditions remained tight in the nation’s labor markets in 1967, and the
overall unemployment rate averaged 3.8 per cent, unchanged from the 1966
average. The civilian labor force declined somewhat over the first five months
o f the year but then increased sharply, and the growth in the number o f em­
ployed persons kept pace. The average rate o f unemployment o f married men
remained below the 2 per cent level in 1967, but the expanding number o f teen­
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agers and nonwhites who could not find employment was a reminder of the
urgency o f job training and other programs necessary for equipping these
workers with the skills required by an increasingly complex economy.
Wages and fringe benefits increased faster in 1967 than in any other year
of the current expansion, reflecting in part the shortage o f skilled labor and
the generally tight conditions in the labor market. M oreover, the rapid growth
of corporate profits in recent years and the desire to recoup purchasing power
lost through rising prices in 1966 induced unions to demand large wage and
benefit increases. Thus, the median annual increase in negotiated wage and fringe
benefits was over 5 V2 per cent in 1967, compared with just over AV2 per cent
in 1966 and considerably smaller increases in earlier years. While wages in­
creased rapidly during the year, productivity growth was minimal— largely as a
result o f the dampening effects on production o f the inventory overhang in the
first part of the year and major strikes in the latter part— and cost pressures
mounted. In manufacturing, output per man-hour rose less than 2 per cent from
December 1966 to December 1967, while labor costs per man-hour advanced
more than 5 V2 per cent. Moreover, toward the year-end, auto industry settle­
ments, which set the pace for many other industries, threatened to establish a
pattern of wage and benefit increases of over 6 per cent, and it appeared that
cost pressures would continue to be severe in 1968.
With such large cost increases in 1967, producers had to accept lower profits
or try to pass the rising costs on to their customers in the form o f price increases.
In the first half of the year, when aggregate demand was sluggish, producers
found it difficult to raise prices. Thus, profits declined and prices rose only
modestly. As demand began to increase sharply around midyear, however, prices
increased on a broad front and profits edged upward.
Consumer prices rose throughout 1967, and by the year-end they were
3 per cent above the level at the end of 1966 (see Chart 3 ). A decline in food
prices exerted a moderating influence on the advance in the overall level of
consumer prices during the first third o f the year, but then a sharp upturn in
food prices during the summer months contributed to the accelerating rise in
the overall index. Prices o f nonfood commodities and services advanced very
rapidly beginning in late summer and, although food prices declined again in
the fall, the general level o f consumer prices continued to rise. Wholesale prices
were more stable over the course of the year— rising by less than 1 per cent
from December 1966 to December 1967— as agricultural and industrial prices
moved in opposite directions during most o f the year. Industrial prices were




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Chart 3.
R I S I N G C O N S U M E R AND W H O L E S A L E P R I C E S : C o n s u m e r p r i c e s
r o s e r a p id l y in 1 9 6 7 d e s p i t e a v e r y m o d e s t r i s e in f o o d p r i c e s . T h e i n c r e a s e in
p r i c e s o f n o n f o o d c o m m o d i t i e s w a s m a r k e d l y a b o v e a d v a n c e s in r e c e n t y e a r s ,
and s e r v i c e p r i c e s c o n t i n u e d t o m o v e s h a r p l y up w ar d. W h o l e s a l e p r i c e s r o s e l e s s
r a p id l y in 1 9 6 7 t h a n in t h e p r e v i o u s tw o y e a r s , a s a g r i c u l t u r a l p r i c e s d r o p p e d
s h a r p l y . H o w e v e r , i n c r e a s e s in p r i c e s o f i n d u s t r i a l c o m m o d i t i e s and p r o d u c e r s
e q u i p m e n t w e r e s u b s t a n t i a l in t h e s e c o n d h a l f o f 1 9 6 7 , r e f l e c t i n g b o t h c o s t and
demand p r e s s u re s .

1 961-64 AVERAGE

1965

CONSUMER PRICES
Per cent

Data are percentage changes on a Decern ber-to-Decem ber basis.

unchanged from February to August but rose rapidly in the last five months of
the year, reflecting rising costs in manufacturing and the pull of accelerating
demand.

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Monetary Policy and Credit Markets:
Uncertainties and the Quest for Liquidity
Monetary policy was faced with a complex task in 1967. It sought, in an atmo­
sphere clouded by uncertainties, both to promote orderly econom ic growth and to
restrain inflationary pressures. At the same time, policy had to take into account
the pronounced rise in the demand for liquidity by all sectors of the economy
in the wake of the 1966 liquidity squeeze. The widening balance-of-payments
deficit and recurrent international financial tensions also played key roles in policy
decisions. M oreover, the implementation of monetary policy was complicated by
the size and timing o f the Treasury’s financing operations.
In order to facilitate the readjustments that were occurring in the economy
and to accommodate the increased demand for liquidity, the Federal Reserve
in the early part of 1967 continued the move toward an easier monetary policy
which had been initiated late in 1966. After easing gradually through the first
third o f 1967, monetary policy remained essentially unchanged until late in the
year. During the first part of 1967, financial conditions were relatively easy and
yields on money market instruments and long-term bonds dropped quite sharply
in response to the shift in monetary policy (see Charts 4 and 5 ). However, the
fall in interest rates was short-lived, as record borrowing in the bond markets
forced interest rates upward, and by the year-end many longer term yields had
reached the highest levels in decades.
While rising interest rates undoubtedly had some restraining effect on the
economy, the rapid advance in bank credit and deposits caused increasing
concern as inflationary pressures mounted in the second half o f the year.
Nevertheless, caution in instituting a less easy monetary policy seemed advis­
able. The Administration’s fiscal restraint program was still under considera­
tion, and the pound was subject to difficulties in the exchange markets. M ore­
over, the Treasury’s financing operations often argued against a change in
policy. Toward the year-end, these obstacles to a change in policy were re­
m oved: it became clear that a tax increase would not be enacted in 1967, and
sterling was devalued. A ll three traditional instruments of monetary policy were
then used to move toward restraint. The discount rate was increased in the latter
part o f November; in December, open market policy firmed and the Board of
Governors o f the Federal Reserve System announced an increase in reserve
requirements to becom e effective in January 1968.




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The capital markets were
subjected to unprecedented demands in 1967, and expectations o f stringent

ris in g p re s s u re s in th e c a p ita l m arkets.

Chart 4 .
C A P I T A L M A R K E T S AND L O N G - T E R M I N T E R E S T R A T E S : C o r p o r a ­
t i o n s an d s t a t e an d l o c a l g o v e r n m e n t s b o r r o w e d r e c o r d a m o u n t s in t h e b o n d
m a r k e t s in 1 9 6 7 , a nd t h e F e d e r a l G o v e r n m e n t b o r r o w e d m o r e in t h e m a r k e t
t h a n i t had s i n c e W o r l d W a r II . L o n g - t e r m r a t e s w e r e e d g i n g d o w n w a rd a s t h e
y e a r o p e n e d , b u t by t h e y e a r - e n d t h e h e a v y d e m a n d s f o r f u n d s p u s h e d m o s t
r a t e s t o t h e h i g h e s t l e v e l s in m a n y d e c a d e s .
SECURITIES ISSUED BY CORPORATIONS AND GOVERNMENTS
Billions of
dollars

C O RPORATIO NS

STATE A N D LOCAL
GOVERNMENTS

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

20
15

1
0
5

0
1961-65

66

67

1961-65

66

67

1961-65

66

67

LONG-TERM INTEREST RATES
Per cent

6
5

4

3

2

1961

1962

1963

1964

1965

1966

1967

Federal G overnm ent securities issues in clud e p a rtic ip a tio n certificates sold to th e
p ub lic. Data fo r se cu rities issued during 1961-65 are a nnual averages. M ortgage
interest rate data are th e average yie ld s in secondary m arkets for Federal H ousing
A d m in istra tio n -in su re d mortgages on new hom es w ith th irty -y e a r m a tu rity. For
short periods fo llo w in g changes in th e m a xim um contractual rate, secondary m a rk e t
yield data are not available; such periods are indicated by broken lines.
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market conditions and rising interest rates persisted through much o f the year.
Borrowing by corporations and state and local governments reached record levels
in 1967, and the Treasury entered the market on a major scale in the second
half. Thus, despite the accommodative monetary policy pursued by the Federal
Reserve System, interest rates moved sharply higher.
In the first half o f the year, funds generated internally by corporations declined
rather sharply, and corporate liquidity was further strained by heavy accelerated
tax payments to the Treasury. Corporations found it necessary to rely very
heavily on external sources of financing, and in the first six months o f 1967 a
record $ 1 0 V2 billion was raised through the issuance o f long-term bonds. Much
of the proceeds was used to clear lines of credit at commercial banks and to
finance a continued high level o f capital spending. In the second half, the volume
of financing exceeded $11 billion, reflecting accelerated inventory spending,
anticipations o f more stringent market conditions, and continued efforts to re­
plenish liquidity. Long-term interest rates on corporate securities, which had
begun to ease late in the summer of 1966, declined until the middle o f the first
quarter. However, by midyear, seasoned A aa bond yields had risen more than
50 basis points above the 1967 low and were above the 1966 peak. By the
year-end, yields had increased by almost another 70 basis points.
Similarly, offerings o f state and local governments increased dramatically in
1967, as their outlays on schools, roads, utility operations, and other projects
continued to rise. The issuance of industrial revenue bonds was heavy— perhaps
in anticipation o f possible changes in the tax-exempt status o f these obligations.
Total borrowing in 1967 rose to over $14 billion, by far the heaviest volume
o f bond financing on record. Yields on tax-exempt issues fell sharply in the early
part o f 1967, paralleling yield movements in other bond markets but, by the
year-end, yields had climbed about 80 basis points above earlier lows despite
record purchases of tax-exempt securities by commercial banks.
The first half o f the calendar year is normally marked by debt redemption by
the Treasury, and the January-June period o f 1967 was no exception. In the
second half, however, the financing needs o f the Federal Government (includ­
ing Federal agencies) were very heavy, and gross cash borrowing from the public
for the year as a whole exceeded $20 billion, compared with $15 billion in 1966.
While most o f these issues were in short maturities, the impact on the cost and
availability of funds in all markets was extensive. Yields on long-term Govern­
ment bonds declined about 25 basis points in January 1967 and then rose quite
steadily until December when they eased slightly. A t the year-end, yields on




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these issues were almost a full percentage point higher than January levels.

MONETARY POLICY AND THE MONEY MARKET.

During

the

Opening

months of 1967, monetary policy continued the move toward ease— initiated
late in 1966— to lessen the impact of the inventory adjustment then in progress
and to meet the pressing demand for liquidity throughout the economy. In this
respect, policy was particularly concerned with fostering market conditions con­
ducive to large and growing flows of funds into the thrift institutions, since their
liquidity was crucial in sustaining the rebound in residential construction that was
getting under way. Thus, ample reserves were made available to the banking sys­
tem, and member banks’ free reserves (excess reserves minus borrowings at Fed­
eral Reserve Banks) rose from a daily average o f minus $431 million in October
1966 to minus $16 million in January 1967. By March, free reserves had become
positive for the first time in two years and from then on generally ranged be­
tween $250 million and $300 million until December. Daily average member
bank borrowings from the Federal Reserve fell from a September 1966 peak of
$766 million to about $100 million in May 1967, and they remained near that
level until late in the year. Short-term market rates of interest generally declined
promptly in response to greater reserve availability.
While the shift to an easier monetary policy was largely accomplished through
open market operations, two other measures were taken during early 1967 in
implementing this policy. On February 28 the Board o f Governors o f the
Federal Reserve System announced a reduction in reserve requirements against
all savings deposits and the first $5 million of time deposits at each member
bank. The required reserve ratio on such deposits was lowered from 4 per cent
to 3 per cent in two stages during March, and approximately $850 million in
reserves was freed. Then, on April 6, the board o f directors o f this Bank, as well
as those o f nine other Federal Reserve Banks, voted discount rate reductions
of V2 percentage point, subject to review and determination o f the Board of
Governors, and shortly after the directors o f the two remaining Federal Reserve
Banks voted similar reductions. The Board o f Governors approved these actions,
and they were immediately followed by large downward rate adjustments on
short-term money market instruments. By midyear most rates had reached their
low point for the year.
Thereafter, pressures in the capital market began to spill over into the money
market, and short-term yields began to rise again. Expectations o f extremely
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C hart 5 .
F R E E R E S E R V E S AND S H O R T - T E R M I N T E R E S T R A T E S : U n d e r t h e
stim ulus of m ore g e n e r o u s r e s e r v e availability, sh o r t-te r m in te r e s t r a t e s
e a s e d d u r i n g t h e f i r s t h a l f o f 1 9 6 7 . H o w e v e r , m o u n t i n g p r e s s u r e s in a ll s e c t o r s
o f t h e c r e d i t m a r k e t b e g a n t o pull t h e s e r a t e s up w ar d a r o u n d m i d y e a r , a l t h o u g h
f r e e r e s e r v e s r e m a i n e d r e l a t i v e l y h i g h u n til D e c e m b e r w h e n t h e s h i f t t o w a r d
l e s s e a s e in m o n e t a r y p o l i c y b e g a n t o t a k e e f f e c t .

All data except the d isco un t rate a re m o n th ly averages o f d aily figures.

heavy Treasury demands on the market contributed to the turnaround in short­
term rates. With yields still above the \X per cent ceiling on coupon rates for G ov­
A
ernment bonds, the Treasury was forced to borrow substantial amounts of funds
in the short- and intermediate-term securities markets. Heavy Federal Govern­
ment financing in the second half of the year thus tended to drive up short-term




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rates, and expectations o f further rises stimulated the upward movement.
Despite mounting cost and price pressures and a persistent deterioration in
the balance o f payments, the Federal Reserve continued to supply reserves
liberally until late in the year. During the spring and early summer this policy
helped to restore the liquidity absorbed from the econom y in 1965 and 1966, but
after midsummer the continued rapid growth o f bank credit and deposits became
an increasing cause for concern. However, the System was also apprehensive
that market rates of interest might rise so high that the flow o f savings would be
diverted from financial intermediaries and toward open market instruments,
choking off the supply o f mortgage money. A t the same time, a shift to a more
restrictive monetary policy after midyear was made difficult by the need
to facilitate the Treasury’s very heavy financing program for the second half
of the year. The System also sought to avoid any action that might hinder the
passage o f the proposed tax surcharge. M oreover, care had to be taken to avoid
adding to existing pressures on the already weak pound.
On November 18 the British devalued the pound and increased their bank
rate from 6 V2 per cent to 8 per cent. In view o f these developments, a special
meeting o f this Bank’s board o f directors was held on Sunday, November 19, at
which the directors considered the effects o f these actions on the international
position of the dollar, and they reviewed domestic econom ic and financial con­
ditions. On the basis of their review, the directors concluded that decisive action
was necessary to safeguard the position o f the dollar and that in the circum­
stances it would be appropriate to increase the discount rate o f this Bank from
4 per cent to 5 per cent, subject to review and determination o f the Board o f
Governors. However, the Board o f Governors did not approve the 5 per cent
rate established by the Bank’s directors. The directors then reviewed their action
and that of the Board o f Governors; after extended discussion and consideration,
the directors unanimously reaffirmed their judgment that a discount rate increase
o f 1 percentage point would be appropriate in the circumstances. However, in the
light o f the Board’s action, the directors reluctantly voted to establish the dis­
count rate at AV2 per cent, effective the following day. The Board o f Governors
approved this action, as well as similar discount rate increases by nine other
Federal Reserve Banks (the two remaining Reserve Banks soon took the same
action). In announcing the discount rate increase on November 19, the Board
of Governors noted that the System “ had taken actions to assure the continued
orderly functioning o f United States financial markets and to maintain the
availability of reserves to the banking system on terms and conditions that will
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foster sustainable economic growth at home and a sound international position
for the dollar” .
The System was, of course, concerned with the possible impact o f the
weekend’s developments on the domestic securities markets and took timely
action to forestall the emergence of disorderly market conditions and to smooth
the adjustment to a viable new price structure. With these objectives in mind,
the Manager of the System Open Market A ccount and other officers o f this
Bank’s Open Market and Treasury Issues function met late Sunday afternoon,
November 19, and worked out detailed plans for operations in the Government
securities market the next day. Thus, before the usual opening o f the market on
Monday morning, the System took the initiative by bidding for relatively large
amounts o f coupon issues in all maturity ranges, with a view to removing most
o f the overhang of securities remaining from the recent Treasury financing. This
decisive action headed off potential liquidation by dealers in an unreceptive
market and facilitated an orderly decline in prices. The action was followed by
the purchase o f a substantial volume of Treasury bills to assist the short-term
market in adjusting to the weekend’s developments. The System’s prompt and
firm action early Monday morning was a primary factor in the orderly transition
to lower Government securities prices. M oney market rates and the prime rate
charged by commercial banks moved up quickly after the discount rate increase.
The System followed up the discount rate increase with a shift to a firmer open
market policy in mid-December, and late in the month the Board of Governors
announced an increase in reserve requirements against demand deposits in
excess of $5 million at each member bank, to take effect in January 1968. The
reserve ratio was raised from 1 6 ^ per cent to 17 per cent at reserve city banks
and from 12 per cent to 12Vi per cent at other member banks. This measure
increased required reserves by about $550 million and clearly confirmed the
System’s intention to reduce reserve availability.

ACCELERATED GROWTH OF BANK CREDIT, MONEY SUPPLY, AND
o t h e r l iq u id a s s e t s .
The provision o f ample reserves to the banking sys­
tem facilitated the rapid growth o f bank credit in 1967 (see Chart 6 ). The
desire o f commercial banks to increase their liquidity in 1967 was partly evidenced
by the composition of this growth, which provided a rather sharp contrast to bank
portfolio additions in earlier years of the current expansion. Over the five years
ended in December 1966, commercial banks liquidated $10.4 billion o f United




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States Government securities, whereas in 1967 they increased their holdings of
these securities by over $6 billion.
In addition to their acquisitions of Government securities, bank holdings of
other securities rose by $11.7 billion in 1967— by far the largest annual ad-

Chart 6 .
B A N K C R E D I T AND L I Q U I D A S S E T S : T h e r a t e o f g r o w t h o f b a n k
c r e d i t a d v a n c e d s h a r p l y in 1 9 6 7 . T h i s i n c r e a s e w a s p r i m a r i l y t h e r e s u l t o f
a l a r g e r i s e in i n v e s t m e n t s , in m a r k e d c o n t r a s t t o t h e p r e v i o u s y e a r w h e n t o t a l
i n v e s t m e n t s d e c l i n e d . Liq u id a s s e t s h e l d b y t h e n o n b a n k p u b l i c a l s o r o s e c o n ­
s i d e r a b l y o v e r t h e y e a r , r e f l e c t i n g ra p id g a i n s in t h e m o n e y s u p p l y , c o m m e r ­
cia l ban k tim e d e p o s its , and s a v in g s a t th rift in stitu tio n s.
B A N K CREDIT
Per cent

Per cent

1967

120

LIQ U ID ASSETS

120
u iitii a i

c a viKir:c n a Mir ncDn<iT« AMn

115

M UTUAL S A V IN G S B A N K DEPOSITS AN D
SA VIN G S A N D LO AN ASSOCIATION
SHARE CAPITAL

1966

1967

Data are seasonally adjusted m o n th ly fig u re s expressed in te rm s o f an index,
w ith th e va lu e fo r D ecem ber o f th e preceding ye a r se t e q u a l to 100.
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vance on record. These securities acquisitions dominated the growth o f total
commercial bank credit in 1967. Although the rate o f growth tapered off toward
the year-end, the 11 per cent advance in bank credit over the year was almost
double the growth in 1966 and exceeded the 8 V2 per cent average annual growth
rate during the years 1961-65. However, the growth o f total credit in the
econom y did not match the rise in bank credit, and the latter accounted for over
half o f the total credit extended in 1967 as compared with a 25 per cent share
in 1966.
Bank loans increased less in 1967 than in 1966, when the advance in loans
accounted fully for the year’s bank credit growth. The growth o f business loans
in 1967— over 9 per cent— was the lowest since 1963 and was considerably
below the 13Vi per cent growth in 1966. Even though tax borrowing by busi­
nesses was relatively heavy in the first half o f 1967, banks reacted to increased
reserve availability and the decline in market rates o f interest by reducing their
prime rate to 5 % per cent in January and to 5 V2 per cent in March (a few
banks reduced their prime rate to 5 V2 per cent in January). In the second half,
business borrowing from banks advanced less rapidly than in the first half,
partly because tax liabilities were smaller and corporations held larger amounts
o f Government securities and certificates o f deposit ( C / D ’s) which matured
near the tax dates.
The improvement o f commercial bank liquidity in 1967 was evidenced in
part by the dominance o f Treasury securities acquisitions in the growth o f bank
earning assets. The ratio o f loans to deposits, which is often used as a measure
of bank liquidity, declined significantly during the year. M oreover, the growth
in term loans moderated, and banks stepped up purchases o f commercial paper
and bankers’ acceptances, further improving the liquidity o f their earning
assets.
The strong expansion o f bank credit during 1967 was paralleled by a rapid
increase in the money supply— private demand deposits and currency in circula­
tion— and in commercial bank time deposits. The money supply plus time de­
posits increased by 11 per cent in 1967, more than double the advance in the
previous year. This growth in part reflected the public’s large demand for
liquidity, which was severely squeezed in 1966. The money supply, for example,
had actually declined slightly during the second half o f 1966 and rose only about
2 per cent over the year as a whole. In 1967, the money supply increased by 6 V2
per cent, although its growth slowed toward the end o f the year. Part o f the
rapid expansion o f bank deposits resulted from the heavy volume o f Treasury




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flotations, concentrated in the second half of 1967, much of which was financed
initially by commercial banks.
Time deposits at commercial banks increased by 16 per cent in 1967, almost
double the rise in the preceding year. Commercial banks more than recouped
their 1966 losses of large-denomination C /D ’s by February and, despite little
C /D growth in the second quarter (maturing certificates were used for heavy
accelerated tax payments), large-denomination C /D ’s outstanding at the end of
1967 were $5 billion greater than at the end o f the previous year. Consumertype time deposits continued to climb throughout 1967, but not at the expense of
passbook savings accounts which reversed their downward trend o f the previous
year. The high rate of personal saving and the desire o f the public to rechannel
its savings from open market instruments to more liquid bank deposits enhanced
the growth o f these funds.
The attractiveness o f deposits at thrift institutions also revived considerably
in 1967, as the public sought liquid assets and as market interest rates declined
during the first part o f the year from their 1966 highs. Consequently, inflows
to mutual savings banks and savings and loan associations were much greater
in 1967 than in 1966. Over the year, savings at the two types o f institutions
combined increased by 9 per cent, a much larger gain than in 1966. While the
rate of increase o f deposits diminished somewhat in the fourth quarter, when
the yield differential became less advantageous, it was still well above the growth
rate o f the previous year. Mortgage credit extended by thrift institutions ad­
vanced more slowly than their deposits in 1967, reflecting the employment of
inflows to replenish liquidity positions and to repay debt. However, extensions
o f mortgage credit by both mutual savings banks and savings and loan associa­
tions advanced considerably more than in 1966.
The rapid growth in the money supply, commercial bank time deposits, and
deposits at thrift institutions contributed largely to the sharp advance in total
liquid asset holdings of the nonbank public. These holdings rose by 8 per cent
in 1967, compared with an increase o f only 5 per cent in 1966. The advance in
nonbank liquid assets was greater than the growth o f overall econom ic activity
in 1967, suggesting that the public was able to rebuild its liquidity over the year.
After declining steadily since the end of 1964, the ratio o f liquid assets to GNP
rose moderately in 1967.

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TH E IN TER N ATIO N AL ECONOM Y
The international monetary system was subject to unusually severe pressures
during 1967, culminating in the devaluation o f the pound sterling in November
and subsequently in a brief but intense speculative attack on the United States
dollar and other currencies. Early in the year, sterling had staged a dramatic re­
covery in the exchange markets, as the United Kingdom’s balance of payments
continued to respond to the corrective program introduced in the summer o f 1966.
Nevertheless, despite determined efforts on the part o f the British government to
restore balance-of-payments equilibrium, a number o f forces— some o f them un­
foreseen and beyond the control of the authorities— converged early in the summer
to bring about renewed payments difficulties.

After midyear, confidence in

sterling weakened steadily, and on November 18 the government announced the
devaluation o f the pound sterling. In the immediate aftermath o f the sterling
devaluation, other currencies became suspect. With the United States balance of
payments continuing in substantial deficit, the dollar was particularly vulnerable,
and speculative pressures turned against it, mainly in the form o f a huge rise in
gold purchases in the London market. The potentially adverse effects of these
pressures were moderated by prompt coordinated central bank action in both
the gold and foreign exchange markets and, as the year came to a close, these
markets were calm. However, the severity o f the pressures on the dollar made
it abundantly clear that the United States would have to undertake strong action
to reduce its balance-of-payments deficit. A drastic program to achieve immediate
results was announced on the first day o f 1968.

The Sterling Devaluation
Following the emergence o f a major sterling crisis in the early summer o f 1966, the
British authorities responded in July o f that year with a comprehensive set of
stabilization measures designed to cut back the inflated level o f domestic demand,




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hold the line on wages and prices, and provide the basis for a lasting solution to
the balance-of-payments problem. Superimposed on earlier policies o f credit and
fiscal restraint, the July program had a quick and pervasive effect on internal
demands and prices, and by the closing months o f 1966 it had begun to exert a
remedial effect on the balance of payments. Largely as the result o f a turnabout
in the trade balance, the current account moved into surplus, and there was an
underlying improvement in the long-term capital account as well.
Although the trade balance moved into slight deficit in the early months o f
1967, the overall balance on current and long-term capital account remained
in surplus. A t the same time, there was a massive reflux o f short-term funds to
London. These inflows, combined with a seasonal improvement in the payments
position o f the overseas countries of the sterling area, enabled the Bank o f En­
gland to increase its reserves by substantial amounts during the early months of
the year, even after repaying all its earlier drawings under the Federal Reserve
swap facility, the special credits extended by the United States Treasury, and
all the short-term credits provided by other central banks in the summer of
1966. The total repayments, together with the improvement in Britain’s own
reserve position, came to more than $1.3 billion in the first quarter o f 1967 alone.
This pattern o f significant improvement was interrupted in the early spring,
when the recession on the Continent was reflected in a further decline in British
exports and there was a renewed surge of imports. The announcement o f the April
trade returns on M ay 11 came as a distinct disappointment, and was followed
a few days later by President de Gaulle’s negative remarks on Britain’s applica­
tion to join the Common Market. However, the resulting setbacks were absorbed
without undue strain on Britain’s reserves. On May 25, the United Kingdom
repaid, six months ahead o f schedule, $405 million under a 1964 drawing from
the International Monetary Fund (IM F ) together with the whole amount ($80
million) borrowed the same year from Switzerland.
Sterling was subject to major pressures early in June, with the sudden erup­
tion o f the Middle East crisis. A t the same time, there was a brief surge in demand
for gold in the London market. The uncertainties generated by the outbreak o f
hostilities weakened sterling, not only directly, but also indirectly through the
Euro-dollar market where a sharp increase in rates added a further element
o f pressure. These dual pressures were met by a coordinated central bank
response in both the exchange and Euro-currency markets and, with the cessa­
tion o f hostilities on June 7, sterling staged a strong recovery. Although the
immediate disturbances were quickly dealt with, the current-account deficit
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widened still further during the summer months in the aftermath o f the war in
the Middle East. The shutdown o f the Suez Canal and the resultant jump in
sea freight rates added substantially to Britain’s transportation payments abroad.
In addition, the embargo by Arab countries on oil shipments to the United King­
dom necessitated increased petroleum purchases from relatively high-cost sources
of supply, while the flow of British exports to the Far East was impeded by the
closing of the Suez Canal. Quite apart from the direct effects o f the Middle
East disturbances on the current-account balance, the very threat o f large with­
drawals o f sterling balances by Arab countries intensified market fears. With the
growing realization o f the extent to which the United Kingdom’s balance of
payments was vulnerable to the aftereffects o f the Middle East crisis, confidence
in sterling— already shaken by a succession o f p oor trade returns— was all the
more difficult to sustain. T o make matters worse, these difficulties came almost
simultaneously with the beginning o f an adverse seasonal swing in the payments
position o f the overseas sterling area. In order to cushion the reserve impact o f
these developments, the Bank of England began to draw on its swap line with
the Federal Reserve in June and in subsequent months also made extensive
use o f its credit facilities with other central banks as confidence in the pound
weakened.
A s market pessimism increased, a large part o f the funds that had moved
into Britain during the early months of the year flowed back into the Euro-dollar
market or were switched into other foreign currencies.

These withdrawals

contributed heavily to the availability o f funds in the Euro-dollar market, where
they were absorbed by United States banks and to a smaller extent by Japanese
borrowers. With confidence in sterling at a low ebb, the discount on forward
sterling widened considerably after midyear, and interest rates in Britain remained
unattractive on a covered basis. While the adverse interest differential undoubtedly
encouraged some outflows from Britain, the withdrawal o f funds was clearly
dominated by the loss of confidence that developed following the Middle East
crisis.
Against this background, the outbreak o f dock strikes in London and Liver­
pool in September came as another damaging blow. A s the strikes dragged on into
November, sterling was heavily sold in both the spot and forward markets. In
addition, the market increasingly questioned whether sterling’s financial defenses
would not simply collapse for lack of outside assistance. Although, in fact, addi­
tional assistance was available in substantial amounts even in the final hours of
the crisis, there was no immediate prospect o f a quick improvement in Britain’s




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balance of payments. E conom ic activity was still sluggish in a number o f Britain’s
principal export markets on the Continent, and five months after the Middle
East hostilities had broken out there were still no signs that the Suez Canal would
be reopened. A bove all, domestic considerations made it increasingly difficult for
the government to take, at the existing parity, the measures required to restore
equilibrium.
The government of the United Kingdom decided to terminate the struggle
to maintain the parity of the pound at $2.80 and on November 18 announced
a devaluation of 14.3 per cent to $2.40. In order to take full advantage o f the
competitive gain achieved through the devaluation— made all the greater by
the fact that no other major industrial country devalued its currency— the United
Kingdom reinforced its earlier policies of monetary and fiscal restraint to stimu­
late a shift of real resources into exports or import-competing industries. Simul­
taneously with the devaluation, the bank rate was raised from 6 V2 per cent to
8 per cent (the highest level since 1 91 4), and the existing severe restrictions on
bank and nonbank lending were further tightened. In order to bolster confidence
in the new sterling parity, the IM F gave swift approval to the United Kingdom’s
November request for a $1.4 billion standby credit and more than $1.5 billion o f
credit facilities was made available by foreign central banks. T o help the IM F
finance United Kingdom drawings under the standby, should they prove necessary,
the creditor countries in the Group of Ten— the ten leading industrial members
o f the Fund— agreed to lend the equivalent o f $525 million in their own currencies
to the IM F under the General Arrangements to Borrow.

International Monetary System:
Cooperation and Reform
The devaluation of the pound was accomplished with a minimum disruption
o f the pattern o f exchange rates. Within twenty-four hours after the devaluation,
all the major industrial countries announced that they would maintain their
currencies at existing parities, and currency readjustments were confined to a
limited number of smaller countries. Nevertheless, fears that the devaluation
of the pound might touch off a wider round o f currency readjustments, as it did
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in 1949, swept through the gold and foreign exchange markets. The nervousness
in these markets clearly called for cooperative measures to minimize the spread
of pressure to the dollar and to other currencies.
In the week after the devaluation, there was an enormous surge in private
demand for gold in the London market, which reached new heights each day
through Friday, November 24. In addition to doubts about the strength o f
the dollar, the demand was swollen by reports, subseqently confirmed, that
earlier in the year France had withdrawn from the G old Pool, an arrangement
among central banks designed to keep the price o f gold in the London market at
a level close to the monetary price of gold. The speculative atmosphere faded
in the following week after the governors o f the central banks participating
in the Gold Pool had reaffirmed their support for the present pattern o f exchange
rates based on the fixed price of $35 per ounce o f gold. A t about the same
time, the large Swiss commercial banks, acting at the request o f the Swiss Na­
tional Bank, announced that they would not accept orders to buy gold for foreign
banks and also took steps to curtail credit for gold purchases by other parties.
Similar measures were undertaken shortly thereafter by commercial banks in
several other countries at the request o f their respective central banks.
The rush into gold in November was accompanied by heavy flows o f funds
out o f the Euro-dollar market into Continental currencies, particularly German
marks. These movements contributed to an abrupt increase in Euro-dollar rates,
and carried the mark and other currencies to substantial premiums in the forward
market. In order to calm market fears and at the same time to ease the strains on
the Euro-dollar market, a number of Continental central banks were prepared
to provide forward cover for dollar investments. The German Federal Bank, for
example, announced its willingness to buy dollars for future delivery in swap
operations with commercial banks at rates designed to provide the banks with
an incentive to move funds into the Euro-dollar market. In response to this in­
centive, the German commercial banks increased their dollar investments sub­
stantially. Acting on behalf o f the United States authorities, the National Bank of
Belgium, the Netherlands Bank, and the Swiss National Bank also undertook for­
ward operations to reduce the strains in the exchange and Euro-dollar markets.
In a related move, designed to give further assurance to the market o f the de­
termination of the monetary authorities to contain disruptive forces in the ex­
change markets, the Federal Reserve’s swap lines with eight central banks and
the Bank for International Settlements (B IS) were increased by a total o f $1.75
billion at the end o f November.




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Around mid-December there was a renewed increase in the speculative de­
mand for gold, caused by fears that access to the London gold market would
be restricted. The dollar again weakened very briefly against most major Euro­
pean currencies. However, the demand for gold returned to more normal levels
after the United States authorities stated that the operation o f the London gold
market would remain unchanged and reiterated their determination to main­
tain the present price o f gold. This statement also confirmed the fact that the
central banks o f the Gold Pool countries would continue to cooperate with the
United States in the interest of maintaining the stability o f the international
monetary system. The expectation that the United States authorities would soon
back up this statement with a strong program to reduce the payments deficit
also had a calming effect on the markets.
Both before and after the devaluation o f the pound sterling, the Federal R e­
serve System’s network o f reciprocal currency arrangements was extended and
strengthened. In May, new swap facilities were negotiated with the central banks
o f Denmark and Norway in the amount o f $100 million each and with the
Bank o f M exico for $130 million. Then in July, against the background o f the
Middle East crisis, the Federal Reserve concluded increases o f $50 million each
in its existing Swiss franc swap lines with the Swiss National Bank and with the
BIS. A t the same time, the System’s swap facility with the BIS in other Euro­
pean currencies was increased by $100 million to $300 million. A s already
noted, swap lines were substantially enlarged at the end o f November, raising
the total o f all arrangements to $6,780 million, and in mid-December the Fed­
eral Reserve’s Swiss franc swap lines with the Swiss National Bank and the BIS
were each increased by $150 million. A t the year-end, the swap network o f the
Federal Reserve System with the central banks o f fourteen countries and the BIS
provided $7,080 million in readily available resources to deal with short-term
pressures in the exchange markets— as against $4,500 million a year earlier.
In addition to the expansion o f bilateral central bank credit facilities, inter­
national financial cooperation was evident in a number o f other developments
during 1967. Thus, in order to help neutralize the immediate balance-ofpayments effects o f United States military expenditures in Germany, the German
Federal Bank agreed to invest $500 million (in four equal quarterly instalments)
in medium-term, mark-denominated securities issued by the United States
Treasury. The first $125 million security was issued in July and another in
October. The German Federal Bank also stated that it would continue to refrain
from converting dollars into gold at the United States Treasury. In another ex­
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pression of international monetary cooperation, the Canadian authorities sold a
total o f $150 million in gold to the United States during 1967, even though the
Canadian balance o f payments moved into surplus in the course o f the year, and
also purchased a $200 million medium-term nonmarketable bond from the United
States Treasury. Purchases of special Treasury securities were made by the
central bank o f Belgium and by the BIS.
A major benchmark in the evolution o f the international monetary system was
reached in September, when the board o f governors o f the IM F unanimously
agreed on a plan for establishing special drawing rights (S D R ’s) in the IM F, as
and when needed, to supplement existing reserve assets— gold, foreign exchange,
and reserve claims on the Fund. In working out the proposal, it was agreed that
the new SD R ’s would be created by a decision taken by a substantial majority
o f the participants, for the purpose of meeting the reserve needs o f the world
as a whole and should not be geared to, or directed to, the financing o f balanceof-payments deficits o f individual countries. It was also agreed that the plan
would be established as a new and segregated special account in the IM F and
that the additional reserve assets should be distributed to all members on the
basis o f IM F quotas. The plan for the creation o f SD R ’s is to be incorporated
in proposals for amendments to the Fund’s Articles o f Agreement not later than
March 1968. The amendments will then be submitted to all the members o f the
IM F for ratification— a process that could be completed in 1968 or early in
1969. The process o f embodying the plan in the necessary legal form o f amend­
ments is going forward in the Executive Board o f the Fund.

The United States Balance of Payments:
A Serious Setback
The continuing efforts to reduce the United States balance-of-payments deficit
suffered a setback in 1967.

T o be sure, the erosion o f the trade surplus

that had occurred in the two preceding years was arrested in the first half of
1967, as domestic demand pressures subsided. But for the year as a whole the
trade balance failed to improve. As a result o f this, plus the effects o f the increas­
ing scale o f the United States commitment in Vietnam and unusually large out­




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flows on a number of other accounts, the balance-of-payments deficit on the
liquidity basis1 increased to $3.6 billion in 1967, after having been reduced to
an annual average o f less than $1 Vi billion in 1965-66, and the balance on the
official reserve transactions basis shifted into substantial deficit (see Chart 7 ).
The liquidity deficit increased over the course o f the year and was particularly
large in the fourth quarter. United States gold losses were very substantial in the
aftermath o f the sterling devaluation. Although pressures in the gold market sub­
sided as the year came to a close, the further deterioration in the United States
reserve position dramatized the need to take strong action to reduce the United
States payments deficit, and a comprehensive corrective program was set in
motion at the start o f 1968.

s u r p l u s on g o o d s a n d s e r v ic e s n a r r o w s .

With a slight reduction
in the trade surplus accompanied by a further increase in military spending
and other service payments abroad, the overall surplus on goods and services

continued to shrink in 1967. Largely as a consequence o f the more moderate
pace of domestic business activity, the expansion o f imports was interrupted
during the first half o f the year. The inventory adjustment then under way was
accompanied by widespread reductions in imports o f industrial raw materials
and supplies. Similarly, purchases of imported machinery leveled off, as the pace
of domestic capital investment slowed and domestic shortages eased somewhat.
Once inventory investment began to accelerate, however, imports o f raw ma­
terials began to increase, and in the latter half o f the year there was a re­
newed advance in imports o f capital goods as well. For 1967 as a whole, imports
increased by about 5 per cent, after having increased by 19 per cent the year
before when the pressure of excess demand was very strong.
The rate of increase in exports also slowed down considerably, compared with

1 The “balance on liquidity basis'* published quarterly by the United States Department of Com­
,
merce in its Survey of Current Business, is the net sum of transactions in merchandise trade, services
and transfers, United States private capital, United States Government grants and capital, foreign
nonliquid capital, and unidentified transactions. When summed, these transactions equal the change,
if any, in the United States international liquidity position, i.e., in United States monetary reserves
and liquid liabilities to all foreigners. Another definition of the payments position published in the
Survey is called the “balance on official reserve transactions basis**. This definition differs from the
“ liquidity** balance in that changes in liquid liabilities to private foreigners and nonmonetary inter­
national organizations are put “above the line**, and certain nonliquid liabilities to official foreigners
are put “below the line**. Hence, this balance is measured by changes in United States monetary
reserves and changes in liquid and certain nonliquid liabilities to official foreigners.

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Chart 7.
U N IT E D S T A T E S B A L A N C E - O F - P A Y M E N T S D E F I C I T : T h e p a y m e n t s
d e f i c i t , on t h e l i q u i d i t y b a s i s , i n c r e a s e d t o $ 3 . 6 b i l l i o n in 1 9 6 7 , w ith a m a r k e d
d e t e r i o r a t i o n in t h e f o u r t h q u a r t e r o f t h e y e a r . On t h e o f f i c i a l r e s e r v e t r a n s a c ­
t i o n s b a s i s , t h e b a l a n c e s h i f t e d f r o m a s l i g h t s u r p l u s in 1 9 6 6 i n t o a m a s s i v e
d e f i c i t in 1 9 6 7 , r e f l e c t e d in a s h a r p d e c l i n e in U n i t e d S t a t e s g o l d s t o c k to w a r d
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the advance of 10 per cent in 1966. T o some extent, this development reflected
a reduction in aid-financed and other shipments of agricultural products. But
more fundamentally the slower rise in exports was a natural concomitant of a
widespread pause in the expansion of economic activity in a number of industrial




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countries abroad. Indeed, virtually all the year-to-year gain in exports was con ­
centrated in the first quarter, when the reduced pressure o f domestic demand
facilitated a rise in some nonagricultural exports, and there was a resurgence
o f shipments to the United Kingdom. Over the rest o f the year, exports re­
mained even with or below the first-quarter level. Although exports to Canada
picked up as the year progressed and sales to Japan increased considerably,
shipments to Western European countries, after having fallen sharply in 1966,
remained substantially below their earlier peaks.
In addition to the disappointing results on trade account, there was a further
substantial increase in military spending abroad associated with the enlarged
conflict in Vietnam. On a global basis, expenditures overseas for military pur­
poses rose to more than $4 billion during 1967, with expenditures related to
southeast Asia alone rising to a level about $1.5 billion more than in 1964, the
last full year before the military buildup. During the first half o f 1967, the effects
o f rising military spending abroad on the current-account balance were mitigated
through offsetting purchases o f military equipment by foreign governments, but
these purchases began to fall off around midyear, and for the year as a whole
net military spending abroad continued to rise.
A t the same time, net receipts from services declined somewhat, after having
leveled off in 1966. This change was related, at least in part, to a number o f
special or temporary factors which had an adverse effect on both receipts and
payments. In particular, there was an unusually rapid and much more than
seasonal increase in foreign travel expenditures from May through October, as the
centennial exposition in Canada attracted large numbers o f United States tour­
ists. Private United States remittances abroad also rose significantly, largely as
a result o f increased transfers to Israel. On the receipts side, United States
income from direct investment abroad rose only slightly in 1967, possibly
reflecting the delayed effects o f a squeeze on profit margins in a number o f
Western European countries.

c a p it a l o u t f l o w s in c r e a s e .

The outflow o f United States

private

capital increased considerably in 1967, thus adding further to the pressures on
the overall balance. New foreign securities issued in the United States, mainly
by Canadian provincial and municipal governments and businesses, increased
much more rapidly than in 1966. In the earlier months o f the year, as interest
rates in the United States moved sharply lower, there was a bulge o f new Ca­
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nadian bond issues, some of which had been postponed from 1966 when capital
markets were tight. Canadian borrowings in the New Y ork market tapered
off in the summer only to increase once again in the fall, when conditions in the
Canadian capital markets became congested. For the year as a whole, net United
States purchases o f new and outstanding long-term foreign securities increased
to about $1.1 billion, compared with only $0.5 billion in 1966. Moreover,
short-term bank-reported credits to foreigners increased by almost $800 mil­
lion, as Japanese importers and other foreign borrowers again turned to the
United States money market to meet part o f their financing requirements. By
contrast, in 1966, when interest rates were somewhat lower in Japan and con­
siderably higher in the United States, Japanese borrowers had made net repay­
ments o f outstanding loans and credits. Foreign affiliates o f United States cor­
porations continued to increase their spending for plant and equipment in 1967,
though not so rapidly as in earlier years.

In response to the Commerce

Department’s program to limit direct investment outflows, United States cor­
porations borrowed about $450 million abroad through new securities issues,
mostly in Europe, and total direct investment outflows, net o f the use o f pro­
ceeds o f such borrowings, were below the $3.1 billion 1966 outflow.

f in a n c in g t h e d e f ic it .

The payments deficit was almost fully reflected in
a massive buildup o f the United States liquid liabilities to foreigners, which rose

by about $3.5 billion. United States reserve assets dropped by less than $100
million for the year as a whole. A decline in the gold stock was more than
fully offset by a substantial increase in holdings o f convertible currencies and
by a small improvement in the United States position in the IM F.
However, the composition o f the settlement items shifted substantially within
the year, largely along with the change in the position o f sterling. Thus, during
the first half o f 1967, United States official holdings o f sterling were sharply
reduced, as the Bank o f England used some o f its dollar accumulations to repay
short-term assistance received earlier from the Federal Reserve and the United
States Treasury. After the eruption of the Middle East disturbances, there was
a substantial rise in United States holdings o f convertible currencies, consisting
largely o f sterling acquired as the counterpart o f the United Kingdom’s drawings
of dollars under its swap facility with the Federal Reserve. During the third
quarter, the balance on official transactions (seasonally adjusted) moved into
surplus, even though the deficit on the liquidity basis continued to rise. However,




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in the fourth quarter, when the dollar was at times under severe pressure in the
gold and foreign exchange markets, the balance on official settlements was in
deficit by about $1.2 billion.
Although United States gold holdings dropped by $1,170 million for the year
as a whole, almost all this decline occurred in December and largely reflected
sales o f gold through the G old Pool, rather than gold purchases by foreign
official institutions from the Treasury. Indeed, the amount o f gold held by
monetary authorities outside the Communist area declined further in 1967, as
private absorption o f gold remained substantially in excess o f available supplies.

1 9 6 8 b a l a n c e - o f - p a y m e n t s p r o g r a m . The need for decisive ac­
tion to reduce the payments deficit became increasingly urgent as the year drew

the

to a close, and on January 1, 1968 President Johnson announced a series o f
drastic corrective measures including the introduction o f mandatory restrictions
on direct investment abroad. While these and other restraints are designed to
reduce capital outflows to all areas, they apply with special severity to the
developed countries o f continental Europe— typically surplus countries in recent
years.
The Federal Reserve guidelines for restraint o f foreign credits by banks and
other nonbank financial institutions, as announced on January 1, 1968, are
much more restrictive than the guidelines issued in November 1967. For banks,
the general ceiling on foreign credits was reduced to 103 per cent o f their 1964
base, from the 109 per cent ceiling set in November. But, in addition, the banks
were asked to reduce outstanding term loans to the developed countries o f con­
tinental Western Europe and also to cut outstanding short-term credits to these
countries by 40 per cent during the course o f 1968, with each bank’s general
ceiling lowered by the amount of such reductions over the course o f the year.
Nonbank financial institutions were requested to reduce their holdings o f certain
foreign assets by 5 per cent during 1968 and also to repatriate all liquid assets
not essential for the conduct o f their foreign business. The new guidelines for
bank and nonbank financial institutions are expected to achieve a net inflow
of at least $500 million during 1968, which would represent an improvement,
by comparison with 1967 outflows covered by the program, o f roughly $900
million. However, the guidelines are so designed as to focus the effect o f the
reduction in loans on the developed countries o f continental Western Europe
and to minimize any adverse effects on export credits or on credits to developing
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countries. Although the Federal Reserve program remained on a voluntary basis,
the Board o f Governors o f the Federal Reserve System was given standby
authority to invoke mandatory controls.
The Department o f Commerce’s guidelines for restraint o f direct investment
abroad were replaced by mandatory limitations on most direct investment
outflows by American corporations. Net transfers o f capital by United States
investors for direct investment in all advanced continental European countries
and South Africa are subject to a moratorium during 1968. For certain de­
veloped countries, such as Canada, Japan, the United Kingdom, and Australia,
in which a high level o f capital inflow is essential either for the maintenance of
econom ic growth or for financial stability, the total o f new capital transfers plus
reinvested earnings may not exceed 65 per cent o f the average o f direct invest­
ment in these countries during 1965-66. The ceiling for the less developed coun­
tries as a group is, however, 110 per cent o f the average in 1965-66. These
regulations, together with an additional requirement that United States investors
repatriate certain short-term financial assets held abroad, are expected to produce
a $1 billion improvement in the balance of payments during 1968.
In addition to the measures directed toward private capital outflows, the
President requested a series o f other programs to improve the surplus on
current account. In particular, the President appealed to Americans to defer nonessential travel outside the Western Hemisphere and indicated that legislation
would be introduced to help cut the travel deficit. M oreover, the President
requested the Congress to earmark $500 million o f Export-Import Bank funds
to provide improved export insurance, and generally broaden the scope
of Government financing o f United States exports, as part of a more compre­
hensive export-promotion program. M oreover, an intensive effort will be made
to secure the removal by foreign surplus countries o f certain nontariff barriers
to trade, and thereby further the progress toward trade liberalization achieved
under the Kennedy Round of tariff negotiations. A t the same time, it was
announced that negotiations would be initiated with N A T O allies to offset the
foreign exchange costs of United States military spending in Europe— a goal that
could be achieved either by increasing their defense purchases in the United
States or through investments in United States Treasury securities.




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The Economic Slowdown in Industrial
Countries Abroad
As already noted, the relatively slow growth in United States exports in 1967
reflected a pronounced pause in the pace of econom ic activity in a number of
industrial countries abroad (see Chart 8 ). The growth in real output, after having
lost much of its upward momentum in 1966, came to a halt or slowed down
considerably in the first half of 1967, as earlier policies o f monetary restraint took
full effect. The setback to expansion was most severe in Germany where the
decline in business investment proceeded at an unexpectedly rapid rate in the
latter half of 1966. In the United Kingdom, industrial production had dropped
sharply after the July stabilization measures began to take hold. Because of
Germany’s importance as an export market, the decline in econom ic activity
spread— with varying speed and intensity— to Belgium, Sweden, Austria, and
several other European countries, while the slowdown in the United States around
the end o f 1966 was reflected in a concurrent pause in economic activity in Canada.
During the early months o f 1967 the tensions in the money markets that
had developed in 1966 were eased considerably, as a result o f concerted action
by monetary authorities in several countries designed to avoid a cumulative
decline in output. In Germany, conditions in the financial markets had already
been allowed to ease slightly in the latter half o f 1966, when an increasing
balance-of-payments surplus resulted in a large inflow o f liquid funds. Shortly
after the turn o f the year, the German monetary authorities moved progressively
toward a more active policy of monetary ease through successive reductions in
the discount rate and minimum reserve requirements. In several other countries,
notably Canada and Belgium, there was a rapid reversal o f earlier policies
o f monetary restraint— a reversal marked by repeated reductions in central
bank discount rates (see Chart 9 ) . Following the relaxation o f monetary
restraint abroad and against a background o f considerable progress toward
the restoration o f external balance, the Bank o f England lowered the bank
rate, in several steps, from the crisis level o f 7 per cent to 5Vi per cent in May.
The shift toward monetary ease in Germany was supported by a more
flexible use o f fiscal policy. The main fiscal stimulus was provided by the
introduction o f a special “ contingency” budget in February, which called for
a substantial increase in public investment. A t the same time, the authorities
introduced liberalized depreciation allowances for expenditures on fixed assets
contracted before the end o f October 1967. Moreover, in order to alleviate any
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Chart 8 .
P R O D U C T IO N AND W H O L E S A L E P R I C E S IN I N D U S T R I A L C O U N ­
T R I E S A B R O A D : T h e p a c e o f e c o n o m i c a c t i v i t y s l o w e d do w n c o n s i d e r a b l y
in m o s t m a j o r i n d u s t r i a l c o u n t r i e s a b r o a d , an d p r i c e r i s e s w e r e a r r e s t e d in s o m e
co u n trie s. By th e end of 1 9 6 7, t h e r e w e re indicatio ns th a t e c o n o m ic re co v e ry
w a s u n d e r wa y in s e v e r a l c o u n t r i e s .
INDUSTRIAL PRODUCTION, 1960=100

WHOLESALE PRICES, 1960=100

Data fo r th e fo u rth q u a rte r o f 1967 are estim ated.

strains in the financial markets resulting from the government’s increased
borrowing requirements, the German Federal Bank for the first time began to




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purchase long-term government securities. The recession bottomed out in the
spring, and in the latter half of the year there was a strong recovery in indus­
trial production.
Elsewhere in Western Europe, the shift toward monetary ease was generally
more cautious and brought little response in the form o f renewed econom ic
growth.

In France, the expansion in overall demand began to slow down

considerably at the start o f 1967, as private consumption leveled off. The
government adopted some measures during the summer to speed up public
investment outlays and to reduce certain tax revenues, but these steps were
partially offset by increased social security charges. Despite the softness
in the economy, both short- and long-term interest rates remained at relatively
high levels. In several o f the smaller European countries— notably Sweden, the
Netherlands, and Belgium— the maintenance o f strongly anti-inflationary mone­
tary policies until late 1966 reinforced the effects o f a reduction in foreign
demand for exports. Although monetary restraint was relaxed in each o f these
countries early in 1967, the use o f expansionary fiscal measures was restrained
by concern over actual or anticipated increases in costs and prices. In the
United Kingdom, only the most cautious policy stimulants were undertaken
in view o f the persisting balance-of-payments problem.
A m ong the major industrial countries, only Italy and Japan enjoyed a sub­
stantial upswing in activity throughout the year. In Italy, where cyclical develop­
ments have been out o f phase with those in other Continental countries for the
past three years, the trade deficit widened considerably and the overall payments
surplus continued to decline. Similarly, in Japan the trade balance shifted into
substantial deficit, as the upswing gathered momentum and inflationary pressures
intensified. Despite a substantial increase in short-term borrowing in the form o f
acceptance credits from the United States, Japan’s balance o f payments moved
into deficit.
The Canadian econom ic situation and the policies adopted to meet it
altered in the course o f 1967. Early in the year, as the pace o f the business
expansion slowed down, monetary policy shifted toward ease, and this shift
was accompanied by the removal in April o f earlier fiscal restraints on business
investment. Despite the moderate growth in final demand, however, the average
increase in wages continued to be far in excess o f productivity gains and upward
pressures on prices remained very strong. A t the end o f November, the Canadian
government responded to these difficulties with restrictive fiscal measures, in­
cluding a 5 per cent surcharge on personal income taxes and an acceleration o f
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Chart 9 .
C E N T R A L B A N K D I S C O U N T R A T E S AND S H O R T - T E R M I N T E R E S T
R A T E S : T h e f i r s t half o f 1 9 6 7 saw w id e sp re a d re d u ctio n s o f s h o r t- te r m i n te r ­
e s t r a t e s f r o m t h e r e c o r d l e v e l s r e a c h e d in 1 9 6 6 , b u t t h i s d e c l i n e p r o v e d
s h o r t - l i v e d in m o s t c o u n t r i e s a s m o n e t a r y p o l i c y w a s s u b s e q u e n t l y t i g h t e n e d .

CENTRAL B A N K DISCOUNT RATES

SHORT-TERM INTEREST RATES *

Per cent

Per cent

UNITED STATES
■4.5

--------------L

Li

UNITED K IN G D O M

6.0
CANADA
4.75 f

6.0

5.48

5.80

A
JA P A N

'5 .8 4

FRANCE
3.5 '




4.75

3.68

2.89

2.95

1966

1967

* T h ree -m o nth Treasury bill rates fo r th e U n ite d States, Canada,
the United K ingdom , and th e N e th e rla n d s , and call m oney rates
fo r o th e r c o u n trie s .

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tax payments on corporate profits.
The changing pattern o f econom ic conditions in the major industrial countries
abroad was accompanied by substantial shifts in the trade balances o f a number
o f these countries. However, in most cases the combination o f policies adopted
in 1967 made only a limited contribution to the reduction o f international pay­
ments disequilibrium, and almost all the continental European countries re­
mained in substantial payments surplus. Although the United States and other
deficit countries have a responsibility for the correction o f their payments
imbalances, that responsibility is shared by the surplus countries as well.

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TH IS BANK’S OPERATIONS
Volume and Trend of the Bank’s Operations
The volume o f operations in many departments o f the Bank expanded m od­
erately in 1967. This expansion essentially reflected the continued growth
in the domestic economy and the concomitant increase in the Bank’s activities
connected with the transfer o f funds for the public.
Both the number and the dollar amount o f checks processed by this Bank
again reached record levels in 1967. Although the dollar amount o f United States
Government checks handled increased by only 3.7 per cent, the number o f such
checks rose by 5.3 per cent to 67 million. Some 806 million other checks—
checks drawn on commercial banks and on this Bank— were handled during
the year, a growth o f 4.7 per cent over 1966. However, the dollar volume
o f such checks processed during 1967 jumped 27.8 per cent to reach $753
billion. In part, the faster growth of the dollar volume o f checks processed, by
comparison with the increase in the number of checks handled, reflected an
increase in the number o f checks handled in packaged form. Regardless o f the
dollar amount o f checks contained in a package, each package is counted as only
one item in determining the number o f checks handled. In addition, the dollar
amount of checks drawn on this Bank increased by 31.4 per cent after having
declined by some 18 per cent in 1966.
During 1967, the check collection function o f this Bank continued to reap
the benefits o f the significant advances made in high-speed processing over
the last few years. In December, for instance, 93 per cent o f all checks received
were processed by this Bank on high-speed equipment, compared with 91 per
cent in December 1966. Alm ost 100 per cent o f the checks handled by this
Bank were preprinted, or post-encoded, with the routing symbol transit numbers
of the drawee banks in Magnetic Ink Character Recognition (M IC R ) symbols.
Indeed, of the 3.1 million checks processed daily by this Bank, only an average
of about 1,400 checks failed to meet this Bank’s processing requirements with
respect to the M IC R enscribing of the routing symbol transit number.
The use o f this Bank’s wire transfer facilities grew further in 1967, in a con­
tinuation o f the trend that has been evident in recent years and which is prob-




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SOME MEASURES OF THE VOLUME OF OPERATIONS OF
THE FEDERAL RESERVE BANK OF NEW YORK (Including B
uffalo B n )
ra ch
Number off pieces handled (in thousands)*
Currency received......................................................................
Coin receivedf ..........................................................................
Gold bars and bags of gold handled........................................
Checks handled:
United States Government checks..........................................
All other ..................................................................................
Postal money orders handled....................................................
Collection items handled:
United States Government coupons p a id ................................
Credits for direct sendings of collection ite m s......................
All other* ................................................................................
Issues, redemptions, exchanges by fiscal agency departments:
United States savings bonds and notes||................................
All other obligations of the United States..............................
Obligations of Federal agencies..............................................
Obligations of international organizations ............................
Safekeeping of securities:
Pieces received and delivered ................................................
Coupons detached ..................................................................
Wire transfers of fundsH ..........................................................
Amounts handled (in millions of dollars)
Discounts and advancesE..........................................................
Currency received ......................................................................
Coin receivedf ..........................................................................
Gold bars and bags of gold coin handled................................
Checks handled:
United States Government checks ........................................
All other ..................................................................................
Postal money orders handled ..................................................
Collection items handled:
United States Government coupons paid ..............................
Credits for direct sendings of collection ite m s......................
All other* ................................................................................
Issues, redemptions, exchanges by fiscal agency departments:
United States savings bonds and notes|| ................................
All other obligations of the United S tates..............................
Obligations of Federal agencies..............................................
Obligations of international organizations ............................
Safekeeping of securities:
Par value pieces received and delivered................................
Wire transfers of fundsH ..........................................................

1 96 7

1,568,138
1,552,479
240
67,299
805,555
27,939
3,507
324
23,989
31,053
9,395
142
114
8,997
8,760
1,219

12,331
10,828
180
3,341
30,586
752,946
595
3,400
1,054
3,884
1,686
668,493
7,625
1,499
845,143
2,395,915

★ Two or more checks, coupons, etc., handled as a single item are counted as one “ piece",
t Excludes shipments of new coin from the Mint.
$ These figures include food stamps redeemed.
§ Revised.
|| Savings notes were issued beginning May 1, 1967 but will not be eligible for redemption until May 1, 1968.
f Excludes Treasury transfers between Federal Reserve Districts.
£ The number of discounts and advances handled in 1967 was 937, compared with 2,698 in 1966.

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1966

1,469,135
1,462,830
347
63,933
769,653
29,792
3,713
337
21,763§
30,831
9,895
142
76
10,148§
5,131
1,123
31,148
10,187
167
4,912
29,482
589,059
604
3,132
826
3,528§
1,768
612,503
7,564
925
785,281
2,127,906

ably in good part related to the sustained broadening o f the interbank Federal
funds market. While the rate o f growth in the number o f items transferred
slowed somewhat in 1967, it still remained substantial. The dollar volume of
wire transfers (excluding Treasury transfers between Federal Reserve Districts)
increased by 12.6 per cent to reach $2,396 billion, while the number o f trans­
fers advanced by 8.6 per cent to 1.2 million.
Coin receipts (other than shipments o f new coin from the M int) increased
once again in 1967. This Bank received 1,552 million pieces o f coin during the
year, an increase o f 6.1 per cent over 1966, while the dollar volume reached
$180 million, 7.8 per cent greater than in 1966. Since mid-1967, at the re­
quest of the United States Treasury, this Bank has been paying out only clad
coins. A ll denominations of coins, with the exception o f half-dollars, are now
readily available. Half-dollars, however, continue to be allocated to banks on the
basis o f total deposits.
The total number o f items handled in conjunction with the Bank’s fiscal
agency operations declined slightly in 1967. The number o f obligations handled
for the United States Government (other than United States savings bonds and
notes), Federal agencies, and international organizations decreased by 4.6 per
cent, but the corresponding dollar volume increased 9 per cent to reach $678
billion.
Aggregate Second District member bank borrowings from this Bank declined
sharply from the postwar high o f $31.1 billion reached in 1966, reflecting the
ready availability o f bank reserves that prevailed throughout most o f the year
and a consequent reduction in the need for banks to turn to the discount win­
dow. Total member bank borrowings fell to $12.3 billion in 1967, 60.4 per
cent below their 1966 level. A s a result, the number o f discounts and advances
declined 65 per cent, from 2,698 to 937, with only 40 per cent o f member
banks borrowing as compared with 52 per cent in 1966.
Total holdings o f gold, dollar balances, and other assets for foreign and inter­
national accounts rose to a record $30.6 billion by the end o f the year, an
increase o f $2.3 billion over 1966. Holdings for international organizations
were slightly lower at $9.4 billion, but holdings for foreign accounts— at $21.2
billion— were higher by about $2.4 billion, reflecting the very heavy inflows o f
dollars into foreign central banks in the latter part o f 1967. The bulk of the
increase was in the form o f United States Government securities.
During 1967 there were some further small purchases o f gold from the
United States in connection with International Monetary Fund quota increases,




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offset by IM F deposits of gold with the Federal Reserve Bank o f New York.
These “ mitigated” gold transactions began in September 1965, and as o f Decem ­
ber 31, 1967 the Bank held for United States Treasury account $233.1 million
of gold so deposited by the Fund, a small increase over such deposits held at
the end o f 1966.
This Bank continued to be a popular source o f information on econom ic
affairs. During 1967, the staff delivered 240 speeches to various business and
educational groups, over one million copies o f a wide variety o f bank publica­
tions were distributed, and 13,015 visitors were received for tours.
During the year, the Payments Mechanism and Communications Develop­
ment function was created to handle the Bank’s long-range planning efforts
in the computer-communications field. Employment at this Bank increased
slightly in 1967, following declines in the preceding three years. A t the end o f
1967, total employment, including the officers and staff at the Head Office and
the Buffalo Branch, stood at 3,993.

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Financial Statements
STATEMENT OF EARNINGS AND EXPENSES FOR
THE CALENDAR YEARS 1967 AND 1966 (In thousands of dollars)

1 9 67

Total current earnings..........................................................................
Net expenses ........................................................................................
Current net earnings

1 9 66

556,220
44,392

485,347
41,395

511,828

443,952

Additions to current net earnings:
Profit on sales of United States Government securities (net)..........

190

0

All other ...............................................................................................

381

395

Total additions

571

395

Deductions from current net earnings:
Loss on sales of United States Government securities (net)................

0

622

All o th e r................................................................................................

3

7

Total deductions
Net additions or deductions (— ) ............................................................

3
568

629
— 234

Net earnings available for distribution

512*396

443*718

Dividends p a id ......................................................................................
Payments to United States Treasury (interest on Federal Reserve
notes) ................................................................................................
Transferred to su rp lu s..........................................................................

9,093

8,770

497,337
5,966

431,063
3,885

Surplus — beginning of year................................................................
Transferred from net earnings for year................................................

148,348
5,966

144,463
3,885

Surplus— end of year

154*314

148*348

SU R PLU S ACCOUNT




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STATEMENT OF CONDITION
(In thousands of dollars)

Assets

DEC. 31, 1967

DEC. 31, 1966

Gold certificate account........................................................................

2,320,058

2,048,010

Redemption fund for Federal Reserve notes..........................................

471,599

443,812

Federal Reserve notes of other Banks..................................................

173,044

189,085

Other cash ............................................................................................

43,380

31,317

3,008,081

2,712,224

Discounts and advances........................................................................

48,480

32,352

Acceptances ..........................................................................................

164,197

193,119

Federal agency obligations....................................................................

37,800

33,800

United States Government securities....................................................

12,450,175

11,525,500

12,700,652

11,784,771

Cash items in process of collection........................................................

2,083,443

1,993,690

Bank prem ises......................................................................................

9,681

9,358

All other* ..............................................................................................

730,489

526,222

Total other assets

2,823,613

2,529,270

Total Assets

1 8,5 3 2 ,3 4 6

1 7 ,0 2 6 ,2 6 5

Total cash

Total loans and securities

Other assets:

★ Includes assets denominated in foreign currencies and IMF gold deposited.

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STATEMENT OF CONDITION
(In thousands of dollars)

DEC. 31v 1967

DEC. 31, 1966

9,853,951

9,238,183

5,994,388
233,050
31,835
463,763

5,277,742
271,154
55,965
396,432

Total deposits

6,723,036

6,001,293

Other liabilities:
Deferred availability cash items............................................................
All o th e r................................................................................................

1,569,631
77,100

1,417,581
72,512

Total other liabilities

1,646,731

1,490,093

Total Liabilities

1 8 ,223,718

16,729,569

Liabilities

Federal Reserve notes............................................................................

Deposits:
Member bank reserve accounts............................................................
United States Treasurer — general account..........................................
Foreign* ...............................................................................................

Capital Accounts

S urp lus..................................................................................................

154.314
154.314

148.348
148.348

Total Capital Accounts

3 0 8 ,6 2 8

2 9 6 ,6 9 6

Total Liabilities and Capital Accounts

18,5 3 2,3 4 6

1 7 ,026,265

Contingent liability on acceptances purchased for foreign
Ratio of gold certificate reserves to Federal Reserve note liability........

★After deducting participations of other Federal Reserve Banks amounting to
t Includes IMF gold deposit.
t After deducting participations of other Federal Reserve Banks amounting to




40,064
28.3%

49,005
27.0%

103,600

118,080

115,810

141,548

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Changes in Membership
During 1967, the total number of member banks o f the Federal Reserve System
in this District declined from 399 to 383. The decrease in the number o f member
banks was the net result o f the mergers of nineteen member banks and the organ­
ization o f three new national banks. The 383 banks constitute 81 per cent o f
all commercial banks and trust companies in this District and hold 96 per cent
o f the total assets o f all such institutions in this District.

NUMBER OF OPERATING M EM BER AND NONMEMBER BANKS IN
SECOND FED ER A L R E SE R V E D ISTRICT AT THE YEAR-END
(Exclusive of savings banks, private banks, and industrial banks)
DECEMBER 3 1 , 1 9 6 7

Members

Type of Bank

DECEMBER 3 1 v 1 9 6 6

Non­
members

Per cent
members

Members

100

281

0

100

118
■

82
_. —

59
■
i

82

83

National banks* . . . ............

273

0

State banks and
trust companies . ............

no

87
—

56
------

383

87

81

Total

399

Non­
members

Per cent
members

★ Includes one national bank located in the Virgin Islands.

CHANGES IN FED ER A L R E S E R V E M EM BERSHIP IN
SECOND D ISTRICT DURING 1967

Total membership at beginning of y e a r.............................................................................................

399

Increases:

New national banks ........................................................................................................................

3

D ecreases:

Member banks merged with other m em bers..................................................................................
Member banks merged with nonm embers......................................................................................
Total membership at the year-end

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17
2
383

Changes in Directors and Officers
c h a n g e s in d i r e c t o r s ,

in December, member banks in Group 1 elected
R. E. McNeill, Jr., a Class A director and reelected Arthur K. Watson a Class B
director, each for a three-year term beginning on January 1, 1968. Mr. McNeill,
Chairman o f the Board o f the Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company, New
Y ork, N. Y ., succeeded George A . Murphy, Chairman o f the Board o f the
Irving Trust Company, New Y ork, N. Y ., who served for the three-year term
that ended on December 31, 1967. Mr. Watson, Chairman o f the Board, IB M
W orld Trade Corporation, New Y ork, N. Y ., and V ice Chairman o f the Board,
International Business Machines Corporation, Arm onk, N. Y ., has been a
Class B director since January 1965.
A lso in December, the Board o f Governors o f the Federal Reserve System
redesignated Everett N. Case as Chairman o f the Board o f Directors and
Federal R eserve A gent for the year 1968. Mr. Case, President o f the Alfred P.
Sloan Foundation, New Y ork, N. Y ., has been a Class C director since January
1961. H e served as Deputy Chairman in 1965 and as Chairman and Federal
R eserve A gent in 1966 and 1967.
A t the same time, the Board o f Governors reappointed Kenneth H. Hannan
Deputy Chairman for the year 1968. Mr. Hannan, Executive V ice President o f
the Union Carbide Corporation, New Y ork, N. Y ., served as a Class B director
from January 1960 through 1965. In 1966, he was appointed a Class C direc­
tor for a three-year term and served as Deputy Chairman in 1966 and 1967.
In December, the Board o f Governors also reappointed James M . Hester a
Class C director for the three-year term beginning on January 1, 1968.
Dr. Hester, President o f New Y ork University, New Y ork, N. Y ., has been a
Class C director since January 1965.
A t the Buffalo Branch, the Board o f Governors in November reappointed
Robert S. Bennett a director o f the Branch for a three-year term beginning
on January 1, 1968. In December, the Board o f Directors o f this Bank redesig­
nated Mr. Bennett as Chairman o f the Branch Board for the year 1968. Mr.
Bennett, General Manager o f the Lackawanna Plant o f the Bethlehem Steel
Corporation, Buffalo, N. Y ., has been a director o f the Branch since January
1965 and served as Chairman o f the Branch Board for the year 1967. In N o­
vember, the Board o f Directors o f this Bank appointed W ilmot R . Craig and
Charles L. Hughes as directors o f the Buffalo Branch for three-year terms be­
ginning on January 1, 1968. Mr. Craig, Chairman o f the Board o f the Lincoln




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Rochester Trust Company, Rochester, N. Y ., succeeded J. Wallace Ely, Presi­
dent o f the Security Trust Company of Rochester, Rochester, N. Y . Mr. Hughes,
President of The Silver Creek National Bank, Silver Creek, N. Y ., succeeded
John D . Hamilton, Chairman of the Board o f the Marine Midland Chautauqua
National Bank, Jamestown, N. Y .

Messrs. Ely and Hamilton had served on

the Branch Board since January 1965. In December, the Board o f Governors
appointed Norman F. Beach a director of the Buffalo Branch for the unexpired
portion o f a term ending on December 31, 1968. Mr. Beach, V ice President
o f the Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, N. Y ., succeeded Carl A . Day,
Executive V ice President o f Bausch & Lom b Inc., Rochester, N. Y ., who had
served on the Branch Board since January 1967 and who resigned, effective
December 3 1 ,1 9 6 7 , in anticipation o f his retirement.

c h a n g e s in o f f i c e r s .

Since February 1967, one officer has retired and

one officer has resigned:
Walter H . Rozell, Jr., V ice President in charge o f Personnel and o f Building
Operating and Service, retired on special service retirement effective July 1,
1967.

Mr. R ozell joined the Bank’s staff in July 1932 and became an officer

in January 1947. From November 1953 to February 1956, he was away from the
Bank to serve as Governor o f the State Bank o f Ethiopia.
Frank W . Schiff, Assistant V ice President, resigned effective February 11,
1968 to accept appointment as Deputy Under Secretary o f the Treasury for
Monetary Affairs. Mr. Schiff joined the Bank’s staff in July 1951 and became an
officer in M ay 1958. From September 1964 until his resignation, he was on
a leave o f absence to serve as a senior staff member o f the President’s Council
o f E conom ic Advisers.
The following additional changes in the official staff, including the appoint­
ment of eight new officers and the reappointment o f a former officer, have been
made since February 1 ,1 9 6 7 :
John J. Clarke, formerly V ice President and General Counsel, was appointed
V ice President and Special Legal Adviser effective April 1, 1967.

In this

new position, Mr. Clarke is responsible for the Bank’s long-range planning
efforts in the computer-communications field, for coordinating such planning
efforts with similar efforts within the Federal Reserve System and in the com ­
mercial banking system, and for the legal aspects o f such long-range planning
and o f collection matters having System-wide importance.
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Edward G. Guy, formerly Assistant General Counsel, was appointed V ice
President and General Counsel effective April I, 1967.
The appointment of Edward J. Geng as Assistant Secretary was terminated
effective April 1, 1967, his appointment as Manager and assignment to the
Securities Department continuing. Mr. Geng was appointed Assistant V ice Presi­
dent on January 4, 1968 and assigned to Open Market Operations and Treasury
Issues.
James H. Oltman was appointed Assistant Secretary effective April 1, 1967,
his appointment as Manager and assignment to the Bank Examinations Depart­
ment continuing.
William H. Braun, Jr., V ice President in charge o f Accounting and Planning,
was also assigned responsibility for Building Operating and Service, effective
M ay 5, 1967. Mr. Braun is now responsible for Administrative Services, com ­
prising the Accounting, Building Operating, Computer Services, Management
Information, and Planning Departments.
Thomas M . Timlen, Jr., V ice President in charge o f Loans and Credits, was
also assigned responsibility for Personnel, effective M ay 5, 1967. On January
4, 1968, the Service Department was transferred from the Administrative Ser­
vices function to the Personnel function.
Richard G. Davis, formerly Manager, Domestic Research Department, was
appointed Adviser effective July 1, 1967 and assigned to Research and Statistics.
Mr. Davis had been on a leave of absence to serve as a Visiting Lecturer at
Princeton University for the academic year 1966-67. He was appointed Assistant
V ice President on January 4, 1968 and assigned to Research and Statistics.
Madeline H. McWhinney, formerly Manager, Statistics Department, was
appointed Assistant V ice President effective July 1, 1967 and assigned to
Research and Statistics, with responsibility for the Statistics Department.
Irving M . Auerbach, formerly Chief, Market Statistics Division, Statistics
Department, was appointed an officer with the title o f Manager effective July 1,
1967 and assigned to the Statistics Department.
Joseph R . Coyle, formerly Special Assistant, Securities Department, was
appointed an officer with the title o f Securities Trading Officer effective July 1,
1967 and assigned to the Securities Department.
Edna E. Ehrlich, formerly Chief, Balance o f Payments Division, International
Research Department, was appointed an officer with the title o f Senior Economist
effective July 1, 1967.
Peter D. Stemlight returned to the Bank on November 12, 1967, and was




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reappointed an officer with the title o f Assistant V ice President and assigned
to Open Market Operations and Treasury Issues. Mr. Sternlight had resigned as
an officer of the Bank in November 1965 to accept appointment as Deputy
Under Secretary o f the Treasury for Monetary Affairs, a position he held until
November 11, 1967. Mr. Sternlight was appointed V ice President on January
4, 1968 and assigned to Open Market Operations and Treasury Issues, where
he has supervisory responsibility for the operations o f the function under Alan
R . Holmes, V ice President.
Peter Fousek, formerly Assistant V ice President, was appointed V ice Presi­
dent on January 4, 1968 and assigned to Personnel, where he has supervisory
responsibility for the operations o f the function under Thomas M . Timlen, Jr.,
V ice President.
Bruce K. MacLaury, formerly Assistant V ice President, was appointed V ice
President on January 4, 1968 and assigned to Foreign, where he has supervisory
responsibility for the operations o f the function under Charles A . Coom bs, V ice
President.
Spencer S. Marsh, Jr., formerly Assistant V ice President, was appointed
Market Adviser on January 4, 1968 and assigned to Open Market Operations
and Treasury Issues. In this new position, which is equivalent in rank to that
o f V ice President, Mr. Marsh is responsible for advice and special studies with
respect to open market operations and policies.
David E. Bodner, formerly Manager, Foreign Department, was appointed
Assistant V ice President on January 4, 1968 and assigned to Foreign.
A . Thomas Combader, formerly Manager, Building Operating Department,
was appointed Assistant V ice President on January 4, 1968 and assigned to
Administrative Services, with responsibility for the Building Operating Depart­
ment.
R obert J. Crowley, formerly Manager, Foreign Department, was appointed
Assistant V ice President on January 4, 1968 and assigned to Foreign.
John T. Arnold, formerly Special Assistant, Foreign Department, was ap­
pointed an officer with the title o f Manager on January 4, 1968 and assigned
to the Foreign Department.
Matthew C. Drexler, formerly Building Superintendent, Building Operating
Department, was appointed an officer with the title o f Manager on January 4,
1968 and assigned to the Building Operating Department.
Frederick L. Frey, formerly Supervising Examiner, Examining Division,
Bank Examinations Department, was appointed an officer with the title o f Chief
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Examiner on January 4, 1968.
Benjamin Stackhouse, formerly Chief, Banking Facilities Division, Bank
Examinations Department, was appointed an officer with the title o f Manager
on January 4, 1968 and assigned to the Bank Examinations Department.
Philip Van Orman, formerly Attorney, Legal Department, was appointed an
officer with the title o f Assistant Counsel on January 4, 1968.
Everett B. Post, Assistant V ice President assigned to Administrative Services,
with responsibility for the Accounting and Planning Departments, was also
assigned responsibility for the newly established Management Information D e­
partment, effective January 5, 1968.
Frederick L. Smedley, Assistant V ice President, formerly assigned to Per­
sonnel, and to Administrative Services with responsibility for the Building
Operating and Service Departments, was assigned to Government Bond and
Safekeeping of Securities effective January 5, 1968.
Gerald E. Beach, Manager, formerly assigned to the Government Bond and
Safekeeping Department, was assigned to the Accounting Department and the
Management Information Department effective January 5, 1968.
Robert L. Cooper, Manager, Acceptance Department, was also assigned to
the Securities Department, effective January 5 ,1 9 6 8 .
Martin French, Manager, formerly assigned to the Security Custody Depart­
ment, was assigned to the Government Bond and Safekeeping Department
effective January 5 ,1 9 6 8 .
Aloysius J. Stanton, Manager, formerly assigned to the Accounting Depart­
ment, was assigned to the Security Custody Department effective January 5 ,19 68 .

m e m b e r o f f e d e r a l a d v i s o r y c o u n c il -

1 9 6 8 . The Board o f Directors
o f this Bank selected George S. M oore to serve during 1968 as the member o f

the Federal Advisory Council representing the Second Federal Reserve District.
Mr. M oore is Chairman o f the Board o f the First National City Bank, New Y ork,
N. Y . H e succeeded R . E. McNeill, Jr., Chairman o f the Board o f the Manu­
facturers Hanover Trust Company, New Y ork, N. Y ., who served as a member
o f the Council during 1967 and who has been a director o f the Bank since
January 1 ,1 9 6 8 .




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Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York

Termexpires Dec. 31 Class Group

d ir e c t o r s

R . E . M c N e i l l , J r .....................................................................................................................................

Chairm of the Board, M
an
anufacturers Hanover Trust Com
pany, New York, N. Y.
R o b e r t G . C o w a n ..................................................................................................................................

1970

A

1

1968

A

2

1969

A

3

1970

B

1

1968

B

2

1969

B

3

1969

C

1968

C

1970

C

Chairm of the Board, National Newark &Essex Bank, Newark, N. J.
an
E u g e n e H . M o r r i s o n ...........................................................................................................................

President, O
range County Tryst Com
pany, M
iddletown, N. Y.
A r t h u r K . W a t s o n .......................................................................................................<......................

Chairm of the Board, IBMW Trade Corporation, New York, N. Y., and
an
orld
Vice Chairm of the Board, International Business M
an
achines Corporation, Arm N. Y.
onk,
M il t o n C . M u m f o r d ...........................................................................................................................

Chairm of the Board, Lever Brothers Com
an
pany, New York, N. Y.
M a u r ic e R . F o r m a n

.............................................................................................................................

President, B. Form Co., Inc., Rochester, N. Y.
an
E v e r e t t N . C a s e , Chairman, and Federal Reserve A g e n t .......................................
President, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, New York, N. Y.
K e n n e t h H . H a n n a n , Deputy Chairman .................................................................
Executive Vice President, Union Carbide Corporation, New York, N. Y.
Ja m e s M . H e s t e r ....................................................................................................................................

President, New York University, New York, N. Y.

D IRECTO RS—B U FFALO BRANCH

Robert S. Bennett, Chairman ....................................................................................... 1970
General M
anager, Lackawanna Plant, Bethlehem Steel Corporation, Buffalo, N. Y.
N o r m a n F. B e a c h .......................................................................................................................................... 1968
Vice President, Eastm Kodak Com
an
pany, Rochester, N. Y.
A r t h u r S. H a m l i n .......................: ................................................................................................................. 1968
President, The Canandaigua National Bank and Trust Com
pany, Canandaigua, N. Y.
Gerald F. Britt ............................................................................................................. 1969
President, L-Brooke Farm Inc., Byron, N. Y.
s,
E. Perry Spin k ...............................................................................................................1969
Chairm of the Board, Liberty National Bank and Trust Com
an
pany, Buffalo, N. Y.
W i l m o t R . C r a i g ............................................................................................................................................ 1970

Chairm of the Board, Lincoln Rochester Trust Com
an
pany, Rochester, N. Y.
C h a r l e s L. H u g h e s ........................................................................................................................................ ..
President, The Silver Creek National Bank, Silver Creek, N. Y.

M EM BER OF FED ER A L ADVISORY COUNCIL— 1968

S. M o o r e ............................................................................................................................................ 1968
Chairm of the Board, First National City Bank, New York, N. Y.
an
G eorge

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Officers of the Federal Reserve Bank of New Yo rk
Alfred Hayes, President
William F. T reiber, First Vice President
Harold A. Bilby , Vice President and
Edward G. Guy, Vice President and General Counsel
Marcus A. H arris, Vice President
Senior Adviser
William H. Braun, Jr., Vice President
Alan R. H olmes, Vice President
John J. Clarke, Vice President and
Robert G. L ink , Vice President
Bruce K. M ac aury, Vice President
L
Special Legal Adviser
C
harles A. Coombs Vice President
,
S
pencer S Ma sh Jr., Market Adviser
.
r ,
Felix T. D avis, Vice President
Fred W. Piderit, Jr., Vice President
P
eter Fou
sek Vice President
,
P
eter D. S
ternlight , Vice President
George Garvy, E conom ic Adviser
Thomas M. T imlen , Jr., Vice President
Thomas O. Waage Vice President
,
Thomas C. S
loane, Assistant General Counsel
David E. Bodner Assistant Vice President
,
A. T homas Combader, Assistant Vice President
Robert J. Crowley, Assistant Vice President
Richard G. D avis, Assistant Vice President
Edward J. Geng, Assistant Vice President
P
eter P. L ang Adviser
,
William E. M arple, Assistant Vice President
Madeline H. M c hinney , Assistant
W
Vice President

P
aul Meek, Assistant Vice President
Donald C. Niles, Assistant Vice President
Everett B. Post, Assistant Vice President
Lawrence E. Quackenbush, Assistant Vice President
Kenneth E. Small , Assistant Vice President
Frederick L. Smedley, Assistant Vice President
George C. S
mith , Assistant Vice President
Robert C. Thoman, Assistant Vice President

John T. A rnold,
Richard H. H oenig,
Manager, Foreign Department
Manager, Public Information Department
I rving M. A uerbach,
Fred H. K lopstock,
Manager, Statistics Department
Manager, International Research Department
Gerald E. B each,
L eonard L apidus,
Manager, Accounting Department, and
Manager, Bank Examinations Department
Manager, Management Information Department Robert Meyer, Assistant Counsel
Arthur H. N oa,
Leonard I. B ennetts,
Manager, Cash Custody Department, and
Manager, Service Department
Manager, Collection Department
James H. Oltman ,
Louis J. Brendel,
Manager, Bank Examinations Department, and
Manager, Planning Department
Assistant Secretary
S
cott E. Pardee
,
Robert L. C ooper
,
Manager, Acceptance Department, and
Manager, Foreign Department
Edwin R. Powers
,
Manager, Securities Department
Joseph R. Coyle,
Manager, Foreign Department
Charles R. Pricher,
Securities Trading Officer
Howard F. Crumb,
Manager, Cash Department
Manager, Computer Services Department
A. M arshall Puckett, Senior Econom ist
Francis H. R ohrbach
,
Richard A. D ebs,
Secretary, and Assistant Counsel
Manager, Personnel Department
Edwin S Rothman,
.
Frederick W. D eming,
Manager, Securities Department
Manager, Foreign Department
Herbert H. Ruess
,
Adam R. D ick,
Manager, Bank Relations Department
Manager, Credit and Discount Department
Walter S Rushmore,
.
Matthew C. D rexler,
Manager, Building Operating Department
Manager, Savings Bond Department
Frederick C. Schadrack Jr.,
,
Karl L. Ege ,
Manager, Check Department
Manager, D om estic Research Department
Edna E. Ehrlich, Senior Economist
Betty Jean S
hea, Assistant Counsel
Benjamin S
tackhouse,
Martin French,
Manager, G overnment Bond and
Manager, Bank Examinations Department
Aloysius J. Stanton,
Safekeeping Department
Frederick L. F rey, Chief Examiner
Manager, Security Custody Department
P
hilip Van O
rman, Assistant Counsel
Ralph H. G elder,
Manager, Personnel Department
R
obert Young J ., Assistant Counsel
, r




John P. Jensen, General Auditor
William M. Schultz, Assistant General Auditor

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OFFICERS — BUFFALO BRANCH
Vice President
Assistant Vice President and Cashier

A n g u s A . M a c I n n e s , J r .,
Jo h n T . K e a n e ,

Assistant Cashier
Assistant Cashier

Assistant Cashier
Assistant Cashier

H a r r y A . C u r t h , J r .,

G er a l d H . G r e e n e ,

R on ald B. G ray,

A rth ur A . R andall,

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