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About Corporate Medium-Term Notes 
Source: Federal Reserve Statistical Release

Since 1997 the Federal Reserve Board has been obtaining the data on the issuance of medium-term notes (MTNs) from the Depository Trust Company (DTC), a national clearinghouse for the settlement of securities trades and a custodian for securities. The DTC performs these functions for almost all activity in the domestic market. Before 1997, the data were based on surveys of U.S. corporations that borrow in the MTN market.

The MTN data do not include offerings by foreign corporations, sovereigns, or federal agencies. The data include MTNs offered by bank holding companies but exclude deposit notes and bank notes offered by banks because these securities are exempt from SEC registration under section 3(a)2 of the Securities Act of 1933. The Federal Reserve collects these data to improve its estimates of new securities issues of U.S. corporations as published in the Federal Reserve Bulletin and to improve estimates of corporate securities outstanding as shown in the Federal Reserve's flow of funds accounts. The Federal Reserve regards as confidential the data on individual firms.

Recommended further reading:
Corporate Medium Term Notes (MTNs)
Corporate Promissory Notes
Foreign Government or Corporate Medium Term Notes (MTN's)
United States Medium Term Notes (MTN's)
Introduction to Institutional Trading
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