Email of the day - on the size of the Fed's balance sheet:
Comment of the Day

January 28 2020

Commentary by Eoin Treacy

Email of the day - on the size of the Fed's balance sheet:

Midst all the alarm regarding corona virus, I was surprised that the financial media has paid so little attention to the following:  https://thesoundingline.com/feds-balance-sheet-has-shrunk-20-billion-since-the-start-of-january/

If an over-extended was looking for an excuse to correct, surely this was it!

Your comment would be appreciated.

Eoin Treacy's view

Thank you for this question which may be of interest to subscribers. I covered the topic of balance sheet expansion in the Big Picture Friday audio but I’m happy to revisit the question here.

The Fed has added $400 billion to its balance sheet over the last four months by purchasing short-dated Treasuries. That has the same effect on the stock market as the liquidity infusions back in 2017 had. We have just had one of the most inert advances in years where volatility remained low for a prolonged period, just like in 2017.

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