To Our Members:
I am pleased to announce that the Board of Directors of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago (Bank) has increased the dividend declared per share on both sub-classes of capital stock. The Board decided to increase the dividends, in part, based on our decision to begin repurchasing excess stock on a weekly basis beginning on Thursday, January 26, which will allow us to more effectively manage our balance sheet in the long term.
Based on the Bank’s preliminary financial results for the fourth quarter of 2016, the Board of Directors:
• increased the dividend declared on Class B1 activity capital stock (activity stock) by 20 basis points to 3.00% (annualized); and
• increased the dividend declared on Class B2 membership capital stock (membership stock) by 25 basis points to 0.85% (annualized).
The actual effective combined dividend rate on the total stock held by each member will depend on its level of activity with the Bank during the fourth quarter and the relative number of shares of activity and membership stock. The dividend will be paid by crediting your account on February 14, 2017.
The Board of Directors is paying a higher dividend per share on Class B1 activity stock than on Class B2 membership stock to recognize members that use the Bank’s advances; this activity contributes to the overall health of the entire cooperative. The higher dividend, in effect, lowers your cost of doing business with the Bank.
Weekly Repurchase of Excess Stock Begins January 26, 2017
The Bank will begin repurchasing all excess Class B2 stock on a weekly basis at par value this Thursday, January 26; this process requires no action on your part. Proceeds from the transaction will appear in your interest-bearing DID accounts on the next business day. Click here to read the FAQ distributed last November. Reducing excess Class B2 stock helps us to optimize the use of your capital stock, which in turn facilitated the increase in the dividends on both sub-classes of capital stock.
As always, thank you for your membership in—and for using—the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago.
President and CEO
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