Money for Nothing

The Federal Reserve transferred all $76.9 billion of its profit to the Treasury in ’11 down from the record $79.3 billion in ’10. The Fed is profitable because rather than borrowing money, it simply creates what it needs. Thus all interest earned, is profit. The $76.9 billion paid to the Treasury was 3.3% of all revenues! While the Fed has been controversial, having that money returned to the Treasury beats paying it to China.

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