The Federal Reserve Bank of New York works to promote sound and well-functioning financial systems and markets through its provision of industry and payment services, advancement of infrastructure reform in key markets and training and educational support to international institutions.
The Outreach and Education function engages, empowers and educates the Second District communities that the Bank serves, especially civic leaders, students, educators, small business owners, policymakers and the general public. It furthers the Bank's commitment to the region by listening to the communities we serve and leveraging our unique attributes to positively impact school and university programs, as well as analysis and research.
Although many people believe that the payments area is a fairly minor business function within the banking sector, an increasing share of banks’ revenue comes from fee services. To understand the full scope of the payments area, the author develops a broad definition of this business line and builds an estimate of payments-related earnings using recent data disclosed in bank holding company annual reports. Countering the view that payments contribute little to net revenue, the author finds that the payments area is one of the core activities of commercial banks. According to his estimates, payments services generate between one-third and two-fifths of the combined operating revenue for the twenty-five largest bank holding companies in the United States.