Fed to Increase Supply of Bank Reserves
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October 09 2019

Commentary by Eoin Treacy

Fed to Increase Supply of Bank Reserves

This article by Nikc Timiraos for the Wall Street Journal may be of interest to subscribers. Here is a section:

Rather than purchase longer-dated securities, Mr. Powell said officials are now contemplating buying shorter-dated Treasury bills. Officials believe holding long-term securities boosts the economy and financial markets by lowering long-term rates and driving investors into stocks and bonds. They think a portfolio weighted toward shorter-term securities provides less or no stimulus.

The Fed’s plan hasn’t been finalized, but Mr. Powell suggested would be ready by or before officials’ Oct. 29-30 policy meeting. The goal would be to rebuild the level of reserves in the system sufficiently above the low point of less than $1.4 trillion reached last month.

Eoin Treacy's view

The demise of institutional prop trading and the requirement on banks to hold “Tier 1 capital”/government bonds mean there is no additional liquidity to contain spikes beyond the upper setting for repo rates. The Fed has no choice but to supply that liquidity.

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