I thought it would be easy to find, you know, at the Fed, the reserve requirement as set by the Fed.
I thought wrong.
I didn't give up yet. But I did find an interesting distraction. Total reserves as a percent of required reserves around the time of the Great Depression:
|Graph #1: Reserves Held as a Percent of Reserves Required, 1918-1944|
That reminded me of the increase in total reserves we've seen since 2008. So I went back to FRED, found "Total Reserves of Depository Institutions", divided it by
"Required Reserves of Depository Institutions", and put it on the graph along with the 1918-1944 data. The new data runs from 1959 to 2015. So there's a gap of 15 years or so with no information. That's okay:
|Graph #2: Reserves Held as a Percent of Reserves Required, 1918-2015|
The blue mountains from Graph #1 have moved over to the left and, at two hundred percent of the requirement, are almost nothing compared to the recent spike.
Oh -- that gap there, between the end of the blue line and the start of the green, you could figure that's just a straight line connecting the blue and green together. So all the time we have reserves held running right in the neighborhood of 100% of the required amount, except sometimes.