balance sheet capacity

Monetary Hierarchy, Independence, And Shaming Greenspan Yet Again

By |2018-09-21T17:30:01+00:00September 21st, 2018|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

In June 2003, while discussing the vote that would take the federal funds rate to its then-lowest point, 1%, Alan Greenspan committed what may have been the greatest monetary sin of modern times. The focus for much of the discussion was Japan, that country’s central bank pioneering at that early date all the things the [...]

TIC For July 2018: June Was Even Bigger Than We Thought, Meaning May 29

By |2018-09-18T17:33:50+00:00September 18th, 2018|Bonds, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

You never quite know what you’re going to get with each monthly update. High frequency data tends to be noisy anyway, more so in the more exotic series. Following a month where something really changes, however, you aren’t quite sure if it will turn out to be nothing more than a phantom. Does last month’s [...]

ECB At A (Familiar) Crossroads

By |2018-08-31T17:05:54+00:00August 31st, 2018|Bonds, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

If Brazilian central bankers are the standard for illicit shamelessness, their European counterparts are at least on the same spectrum. At the end of April, the European Central Bank’s President Mario Draghi took his shot at purposeful mischaracterization. Speaking to the press after the ECB’s Governing Council meeting had concluded, Draghi had been forced to [...]

Anticipating How Welcome This Second Deluge Will Be

By |2018-08-28T16:36:39+00:00August 28th, 2018|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

Effective federal funds (EFF) was 1.92% again yesterday. That’s now eight in a row just 3 bps underneath the “technically adjusted” IOER. If indeed the FOMC has to make another one to this tortured tool we know already who will be blamed for it. The Treasury Department announced yesterday that it will be auctioning off [...]

Beware The Collateral Underneath The Top of GDP

By |2018-07-24T18:31:40+00:00July 24th, 2018|Bonds, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

Why so much wholesale emphasis on collateral? Easy. The monetary history of recent times hasn’t been very kind in that regard. On the one hand, the repo market has become so much more important than it was, as scared interbank participants fled unsecured eurodollar markets eleven years ago next month for the presumed shelter of [...]

TIC Confirms Pretty Much Everything

By |2018-07-18T17:39:55+00:00July 18th, 2018|Bonds, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

The Russian ruble has fared far and away much better than its EM peers. Compared to something like the Brazilian real, there is no comparison. The ruble has been relatively steady following an initial drop in April with the imposition of sanctions. April 19 came and went, and while that date is displayed prominently across [...]

Gold, Dollar, and Repo: Who Cares About Taper, or QE?

By |2018-07-17T18:49:40+00:00July 17th, 2018|Bonds, Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

It’s funny how these things work. He didn’t actually say the word “taper”, at least not when the frenzy first started. The very idea of the “taper tantrum” was the media’s work, the easy slogan that could be used as shorthand for the conventional explanation. The economy was improving, everyone was told and easily believed, [...]

The Remarkable And Lengthy Consistency of Repo

By |2018-06-25T18:11:32+00:00June 25th, 2018|Currencies, Economy, Federal Reserve/Monetary Policy, Markets|

Before August 2007, US$ money markets operated efficiently and predictably. They behaved according to a rigid hierarchy, which is a good thing no matter how it may sound. This inflexibility in the context of funding markets was exactly what we would want. Arbitrage opportunity was responsible for enforcing the rules. One simple example was the [...]