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September 6, 2022 | Quantitative Tightening is Supposed to Step up 5.5x This Month

Danielle Park

Portfolio Manager and President of Venable Park Investment Counsel ( Ms Park is a financial analyst, attorney, finance author and regular guest on North American media. She is also the author of the best-selling myth-busting book "Juggling Dynamite: An insider's wisdom on money management, markets and wealth that lasts," and a popular daily financial blog:

Happy September!!

Starting now, the US Fed is to run off its balance sheet (reduce liquidity in the banking system via ‘Quantitative Tapering’) by $95 billion a month–double the amount they were supposed to have been withdrawing (QT) since the start of June.

In reality, though, rather than shrink its holdings by $45 billion a month for June, July and August, the Fed reduced by a total of $52 billion ($17 billion per month). So, this month, stepping up to $95 billion will not be doubling the QT rate to date but rather a 5.5x increase in the liquidity withdrawal rate.

Hedgeye analyst Josh Steiner makes some lucid observations about this in Still Feeling Bullish?:

So, as a reminder, the Fed has QT’d to the tune of $52B in total over the last 3 months (a ~60bps reduction in its securities holdings) and the S&P 500 is down ~4.1% over that timeframe. In the four months between now and year-end the Fed is supposed to QT by $380B, a roughly 450bps reduction in securities holdings.

No doubt, tightening resolve will eventually crumble with housing, commodity, stock and corporate debt prices. But, with the US midterm elections coming up on November 8 and consumer price inflation (lagging indicator) recently measuring at 40-year highs, inflation is the primary bogey now. Propping up asset prices is a distant and conflicting goal to that.

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A two year recession?

Dave talks about where we are now, including an update on Dave’s recession call, what he thinks about inflation, and how the Federal Reserve will react. Raoul also gets Dave’s view on what markets will do and whether he agrees with Raoul’s “buy bonds, wear diamonds” call. As ever, a conversation between Raoul and Dave is a must-watch, even if their views don’t match your own. These are difficult times, and we need to account for all possible scenarios. Recorded on July 28th, 2022. Here is a direct video link.

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September 6th, 2022

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