About the Banking Conditions Survey
The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas conducts the Banking Conditions Survey twice each quarter to obtain a timely assessment of activity at banks and credit unions headquartered in the Eleventh Federal Reserve District. CEOs or senior loan officers of financial institutions report on how conditions have changed for indicators such as various loan types, deposits and loan pricings. Respondents also report on their banking outlook and how they perceive broader economic conditions to have changed (general business activity).
The answers serve a dual function: They provide supplemental anecdotal information for the Federal Reserve’s Beige Book and supply timely information on banking conditions in preparation for monetary policy deliberations before the eight Federal Open Market Committee meetings each year.
Participants are asked whether they are seeing changes in a series of indicators. In addition, participants are given the opportunity to submit comments on current issues that may be affecting their business.
Survey responses are used to calculate an index for each indicator. Each index is calculated by subtracting the percentage of respondents reporting a decrease (or tightening or worsening) from the percentage reporting an increase (or easing or improvement). When the share of firms reporting an increase exceeds the share of firms reporting a decrease, the index will be greater than zero, suggesting the indicator has increased over the prior reporting period. If the share of firms reporting a decrease exceeds the share reporting an increase, the index will be below zero, suggesting the indicator has decreased over the prior reporting period. An index will be zero when the number of firms reporting an increase is equal to the number reporting a decrease.
Questions regarding the Banking Conditions Survey can be addressed to Saniha Aziz at Saniha.Aziz@dal.frb.org.