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Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council
A repository of financial data and institution characteristics collected by the Federal Reserve System

Help - Organization Hierarchy


Tiering Direction

Tiering Direction refers to the direction of relationships the heirarchy structure is built from an entity starting point using raw data. By default, the Organization Hierarchy tiers down from, or shows children of, the current entity displayed in the Institution Profile.

  • The option Down displays all direct paths from the current entity down (all children of the current entity).
  • The option Up displays all direct paths from the current entity up to a top tier entity (all parents of the current entity). Using the Up tiering direction option will display all top tier institutions including the unique top tier institution.
  • The option Down from the top tier institution displays all paths down from the unique top tier entity only including the path to the current entity.

Unique Top Tier Institution

While an entity may have multiple parents and ownership paths, only one entity is declared as the unique top tier institution. A top holder entity is determined to be a "unique" top holder after resolving tie-breaker situations.

  • The name of the unique top tier entity is displayed in the tiering direction option Down from unique top tier institution. For example, the unique top tier for the 'Acme Bank' would be included in the option as 'Down from unique top tier institution Acme Holding Company.'
  • If no Down from unique top tier option is displayed, a tie breaker may not have been asserted on the data set: the Up tiering option can be used to obtain all of the non-unique top tier entities.

Effective Date

For active institutions, the default effective date is the current date. In the cases of inactive institutions, the default effective date is the start date of the period of activity demonstrated in the profile. Modifying the effective date allows users to explore relationships throughout an entity's life time.

Organization Hierarchy Data Items

Each row in the data set demonstrates a unique parent-child relationship. The data set demonstrates one to many relationship paths starting from one entity and and ending with another.

  • Row ID is the unique indentifier for a data set row.
  • RSSD ID is the unique identifier assigned by the Federal Reserve for an entity.
  • Parent RSSD ID is the RSSD ID for an entity identified as a parent institution.
  • Parent Row ID is a reference to the Row ID where the RSSD ID equals the Parent RSSD ID of the current row.
  • Institution Name is the name of the entity identifed in the current row.
  • Institution Type is the type of entity identified in the current row.
  • City, State/Country is the location of the entity identified in the current row.

Relationships

Most relationships between entities can be described as parent-child relationship, where one entity, the parent, has some ownership over another, the child. There are exceptions to this simplification of the data. First, a child entity can have one to many parents. Second, a parent can have one to many children. Third, a chain of relationships, or path, can exist such that are multiple tiers between the top most parent and the bottom most child. Finally, an uncommon 'circular relationship' might exist between parent and child.

Relationships in the data table can be extrapolated by examining the values for RSSD ID and Parent RSSD ID. For each unique parent-child relationship there will be one row in the data set. For example, if an entity has three parents then there will be three rows where the RSSD ID is the same and the Parent RSSD ID is unique:

  • RSSD ID = 9999; Parent RSSD ID = 1
  • RSSD ID = 9999; Parent RSSD ID = 2
  • RSSD ID = 9999; Parent RSSD ID = 3

A circular relationship is demonstrated in the data set as two rows. The following example shows that the RSSD ID in one row is declared the parent of its Parent RSSD ID in another row:

  • RSSD ID = 1313; Parent RSSD ID = 4444
  • RSSD ID = 4444; Parent RSSD ID = 1313

A data set row where the RSSD ID is a Top Tier entity, and thus has no parents, will not have a value for the Parent RSSD ID. For example:

  • RSSD ID = 9999; Parent RSSD ID = null

Relationship Paths

The dataset is comprised of one to many paths. A path is defined as a chain of unique parent-child relationships starting from one entity down to a childless entity or up to a parentless top tier entity. The following example demonstrates one path starting with a top tier entity. Notice that the RSSD ID in one row is a Parent RSSD ID in the next row and the last RSSD ID in the data set is childless:

  • RSSD ID = 5555; Parent RSSD ID = null
  • RSSD ID = 6666; Parent RSSD ID = 5555
  • RSSD ID = 7777; Parent RSSD ID = 6666

Sorting Data

Sorting the hierarchy data set is achieved by clicking the column headers of the data table and allows users to explore the relationships within the dataset. By default the dataset is sorted by Row ID.

  • Sorting by RSSD ID helps users visualize all of the parents of one RSSD ID. For example, the following shows that RSSD ID 9999 has three parents:
    • RSSD ID = 9999; Parent RSSD ID = 1
    • RSSD ID = 9999; Parent RSSD ID = 2
    • RSSD ID = 9999; Parent RSSD ID = 3
  • Sorting by Parent RSSD ID helps users visualize all of the children of one Parent RSSD ID. For example, the following shows that Parent RSSD ID 8888 has three child entities:
    • RSSD ID = 4; Parent RSSD ID = 8888
    • RSSD ID = 5; Parent RSSD ID = 8888
    • RSSD ID = 6; Parent RSSD ID = 8888

Institutions With No Hierarchy

Institutions such as credit unions, governments, government agencies, overseeing regulatory bodies, US Central banks or liquidity agencies, pseudo entities, and individuals or groups of individuals do not have tiering data, and therefore the Organization Hierarchy feature is not available for those entities.

Download Results

The displayed data set can be downloaded into a CSV formatted file using the Download Results button.