Saturday, April 10, 2010

Bank Reserves Continued Improvement

Finally, non-borrowed reserve growth took a small drop. Two key interesting points about this: 1) the fed was still slowly creating money as new reserves in March and didn't actually stop agency debt purchases until the 31st. 2) The drop means bank borrowing of free reserves grew faster than the fed was creating money.

Meanwhile, total borrowings from the central bank continues the steady decline. This means banks are unwinding some of the facility loans and using more of their own capital as backdrop against troubled loans.

We still believe fed funds will remain low for an extended period, but we continue to watch these reserve metrics for evidence that a turn of events is around the corner.

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