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Holding Company Data FAQ

Q: When does the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago expect to publish holding company data files for a given as-of date?


A: Files for quarters rolling off the revision window (five years plus current) are only available through the 3/31/2021 as-of date. Publicly available holding company data can be found on the NIC public website.


Q: How often are the data files refreshed?


A: As the NIC public website is now the source for data files in the revision window, data files will not be refreshed going forward.


Q: Where can up-to-date financial statement information for individual holding companies be found?


A: Individual Holding Company financial statements are available in PDF form and can be found by doing an "Institution Search" on the NIC public website. The financial statements are posted on a flow basis, and are updated if revisions are made by the reporting institutions. Please see the "Frequency of Updates" section on the home page of the website for more information.


Q: Is more information available on the variables contained in the data files?


A: More information, including definitions for each variable, is available through the Micro Data Reference Manual (MDRM). The Data Dictionary defines each item (four character numeric portion of the variable) and shows the reporting series on which it is available, while the Reporting Forms and Mnemonics section provides a brief description of each series and the associated mnemonic (four character alphabetic string of the variable).


Q: What nonfinancial information is available for each institution in the data files?


A: A list of available variables is included on our website under Structure and Geographical Variables. These items are a selected set of demographics and attributes for each institution, such as name, location information, and other regulatory institution IDs.


Q: Why does the number of reporting HCs vary from quarter to quarter?


A: The number of observations varies from quarter to quarter because the Y-9SP is collected on a semiannual basis (in June and December). Because HCs that file this report are included in those quarters, there is a significant increase in the number of observations for June and December. The March and September quarters only include the HCs that file the Y-9C and Y-9LP.


Q: How can I identify whether a HC is filing the FR Y9C and LP or the FR Y9SP?


Q: Variables for Y9C, LP and SP data are differentiated by their prefix. The prefix BHCK is for Y9C data, BHCP is for Y9LP data, and BHSP for Y9SP data.


Q: Does the Fed offer data for financial institutions other than Holding Companies?


A: For financial information on other types of financial institutions, please refer to the Central Data Repository's Public Data Distribution, which provides Thrift and Commercial Bank Call Reports. Beginning with the Call Report for March 31, 2011, the CDR will be the only source for this data.

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