I’m not sure why Trump continues incessantly to harangue the Fed about cutting the Fed Funds rate. The Fed is printing money and sending it to the stock market via the banks. It’s a much more effective policy tool to accomplish Trump’s number one policy agenda, which is to drive the stock market inexorably higher.
I put “repo” in quotes because the term is a thin veil for what is indisputably the return of “QE” money printing. The statement posted on the Fed’s website announcing the $60 billion per month T-bill purchase operation “explained” that the move is “to ensure that the supply of reserves remains ample even during periods of sharp increases in non-reserve liabilities, and to mitigate the risk of money market pressures that could adversely affect policy implementation.”
I use quotes around “explained” because the policy statement is nebulous. The non-reserve liability on the Fed’s balance consists primarily of the money it prints and releases into circulation. Increasing “non-reserve” liabilities is a fancy term for “printing money.” The T-bill “operation” is funded by printing money. The Fed transmits this money into the banking system – not the real economy – by purchasing the T-bills. Presumably as the T-bills mature, the Fed receives the new T-bills printed and issued by the Treasury used to refinance the existing T-bills. The T-bill operation permanently injects money into the financial system.
I surveyed some friends/colleagues who know at least as much as I do about money market fund operations. None of us can figure out the nature of the potential “money market pressures” referenced by the Fed. Perhaps the Fed fears a run on money market funds by corporations and the public? Anyone…Bueller?
The original repo operations in September were supposedly to address third quarter-end liquidity pressures because corporations need cash to pay taxes. Since the passing of the third quarter, the repo operations have escalated to more than double the size of the original repo operation.
I’m not the only one who has noticed the Fed’s furtive behavior. Pam and Russ Martin – Wall Street on Parade – encountered the same roadblock I ran into this past weekend when I tried to pull up the Markets & Policy Implementation and the repo operations web pages: “Site Maintenance – the page you are looking for is temporarily unavailable.” The pages were “temporarily unavailable” all weekend.
I have yet to encounter one reasonable explanation for the reimplementation of money printing – money printing which accelerates in size and frequency almost weekly. Make no mistake, the Fed-apologetic Wall Street analysts have no clue what’s happening or why.
We know that the Fed used printed and Taxpayer money to bail out the banks in 2008. These “Too Big To Fails” would have collapsed without the bailout. The Fed is going out of its way – with help from the Wall Street and media sycophants – to obscure the truth. But it’s pretty obvious, at least to me, that big bank balance sheets are starting to melt down again.