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This excerpt taken from the WBS 10-K filed Mar 2, 2009.

Federal Home Loan Bank System

The Bank is a member of the Federal Home Loan Bank System, which consists of 12 regional Federal Home Loan Banks. The Federal Home Loan Bank provides a central credit facility primarily for member institutions. Member institutions are required to acquire and hold shares of capital stock in the Federal Home Loan Bank in an amount at least equal to the sum of 0.35% of the aggregate principal amount of its unpaid residential mortgage loans and similar obligations at the beginning of each year and 4.5% of its advances (borrowings) from the Federal Home Loan Bank. The Bank was in compliance with this requirement with an investment in Federal Home Loan Bank stock at December 31, 2008 of $93.2 million. At December 31, 2008, the Bank had approximately $1.3 billion in Federal Home Loan Bank advances.

On January 28, 2009, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston (FHLBB) notified its members via a letter from its president of its focus on preserving capital in response to ongoing market volatility. The letter outlined that actions taken by the FHLBB included an excess stock repurchase moratorium, an increased retained earnings target, and quarterly dividend payout restrictions, and indicated that members will likely face quarters where there is little to no dividend payout. The FHLBB also indicated they could not indicate when dividends might edge closer to historical levels. During 2008 Webster received $3.0 million in dividends from the FHLBB.

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