Federal Reserve Balance Sheet Update: Week Of January 21 - $2.3 Trillion - Rolling Record Highs

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Thu, 01/21/2010 - 22:16 | 201679 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Wall of liquidity; not the first time Manhattan needed to build a wall.

Thu, 01/21/2010 - 22:17 | 201680 MyKillK
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Not that I don't believe it, but what is the rationale for claiming that the Fed will continue increasing its holdings into March?

Just the continuation of the MBS purchasing program, or something else too?

Thu, 01/21/2010 - 23:21 | 201768 ghostfaceinvestah
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the MBS purchases go into March (at least), but they won't take delivery of all the MBS right away, so some will continue to hit their balance sheet for a couple months after.

Thu, 01/21/2010 - 23:29 | 201781 Charles Mackay
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The Fed itself says:

"The Desk is expected to execute purchases of about $175 billion in housing-related agency debt and about $1.25 trillion of agency MBS by the end of the first quarter of 2010."

That leaves about $300 billion yet to settle in the next three months.

Thu, 01/21/2010 - 22:31 | 201693 Anonymous
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"Rolling Record Highs"...that's like a Win Streak right?

Thu, 01/21/2010 - 23:24 | 201773 Astute Investor
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Can I buy a call option on the Fed balance sheet?  Maybe a $2.5 trillion strike....

Fri, 01/22/2010 - 00:23 | 201847 Anonymous
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sorry but only goldman sachs is allowed to make
easy money.

Fri, 01/22/2010 - 00:40 | 201869 bc0203
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I look at that wall of red (a.k.a. bloodletting with MBS) and think two things:

  • the taxpayer will see 40 cents on the dollar, if we're lucky
  • that sea of red will continue to grow, probably well into 2012, until all the resets have had a chance to hit the fan
Fri, 01/22/2010 - 01:20 | 201910 glenlloyd
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yep...and to think the whole mess of it isn't likely worth the dime in my pocket, which in itself isn't worth a dime either.  A massive pile of nothing.

Fri, 01/22/2010 - 11:41 | 202163 Anonymous
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BUY GOLD

Fri, 01/22/2010 - 13:31 | 202360 Anonymous
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Buy it, start digging for it.

Fri, 01/22/2010 - 12:24 | 202226 Anonymous
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On a short timeline the survival rate of every fiat currency drops to zero.
(short time line relative to gold currency's time line)

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