How to read flow of funds accounts in Capital Flow AnalysisHow to Read Flow of Funds Accounts

Reading Flow Sheets for Capital Flow Analysis

In this module, we show you how to apply Capital Flow Analysis to the Federal Reserve national flow of funds accounts, step by step.

Your first task is to learn to use this site so that you can organize and access your research materials easily.

You can easily organize and access your research materials.

In this lesson you will learn how to use this site to drill down and quickly focus on the instrument table you need to explain the market.

Although you can download flow of funds accounts from the Federal Reserve site, it is more convenient to use resources on our pages.

Here's why:

Start With An Instrument Table

The first thing in Capital Flow Analysis is to decide which market you are going to examine.

This means that you need to start by looking up the appropriate instrument table.

In flow of funds jargon, "instruments" are kinds of securities, such as corporate equities, mortgages, municipal bonds, or open market paper.

On this site, we present color-coded tables on nine classes of securities that account for most of the financial market:

Equity Instruments:

F.213 Corporate Equities

F.214 Mutual Fund Shares

Fixed Income Instruments:

F.206 Money Market Mutual Fund Shares

F.208 Open Market Paper

F.209 Treasury Securities

F.210 Agency Securities

F.211 Municipal Securities and Loans

F.212 Corporate and Foreign Bonds

F.217 Total Mortgages

Cliick on these links to see what instrument flow tables took like.

Navegating To An Instrument Table

From most pages on this site, you can reach an instrument definition page in three clicks or less.

First, click the instrument tab at the top of the page.

How to read flow of funds accounts

This opens a horizontal navegation bar with six groups of instruments:

Three of these groups have a single instrument table, and three include two tables.

Follow the links on the horizontal bar and you will find the category you're looking for.

Before proceeding, check your progress:


Which statements are true?
Choice 1 Instruments are kinds of securities.
Choice 2 Color-coding guards against mistakes.
Choice 3 NIPA is central to Capital Flow Analysis.
Choice 4 Households are instruments.
Which are instruments?
Choice 1 Corporate Bonds
Choice 2 Fund Shares
Choice 3 Commercial Banks
Choice 4 Issuers of ABS
To find the flow table for corporate bonds, click on:
Choice 1 The instrument tab.
Choice 2 The players tab.
Choice 3 The resources tab.
Choice 4 The value tab.

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