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Money Printer Go Brrr – How the Fed Printed $300B to Bail out Banks

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In Brief

  • The Fed has injected $300 billion in the U.S. banking system.
  • It is nearly half the amount the Fed lent during the 2008 crisis.
  • Banks have unrealized losses of $620 billion.
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The Federal Reserve (Fed) has expanded its balance sheet by nearly $300 billion to help banks out with loans. So can we expect the return of quantitative easing (QE)?

The Fed announced that the banks hit with a liquidity crunch had borrowed almost $300 billion in the past week. With this bailout, the economist Peter Schiff believes the QE is back. He predicts that inflation is headed much higher because the Fed has wiped out almost four months of quantitative tightening (QT) in one week.

Fed Rescues Banking System With Money Printing

According to Fortune, the Fed allocated $143 billion to holding companies for failed banks such as Signature Bank and the Silicon Valley Bank. The holding companies will use the money to make the depositors whole.

Then, the Fed lent $148 billion through a program called the “discount window.”  The amount is record-high than the usual borrowing through the program. According to The Guardian, only $4 to $5 billion is borrowed in a given week through the discount window.

Last Sunday, the Fed inaugurated Bank Term Funding Program (BTFP) and lent $11.9 billion. This program helps the bank raise funds to meet the needs of all depositors.

What Do the Experts Say?

In total, the U.S. central bank has assisted the banking system with nearly half the amount that it did during the 2008 crisis. Michael Feroli, a JPMorgan economist, believes it is a big number. He says:

“The glass half-empty view is that banks need a lot of money. The glass half-full take is that the system is working as intended.”

Nikolaos Panigirtzoglou, a JPMorgan strategist, estimates that the Fed might inject $2 trillion into the US Banking system and reverse the impact of the QT. Gaurav Dahake, the Chief Executive Officer of Bitbns, told BeInCrypto:

“Over time, it pushes Bitcoin over $50,000, and Bitcoin halving is about a year away now.”

Banks Have an Unrealized Loss of $620 Billion

The banks purchased government bonds with extra deposits due to the QE during the 2020 covid crisis. But, with the increase in interest rates, the price of the bonds fell, and the banks are sitting with huge unrealized losses.

The co-founder of BitMEX exchange, Arthur Hayes, writes, “Banks are carrying an unrealized $620 billion in total losses on their balance sheets due to their government bond portfolios losing value as interest rates rose.”

Banks are in an unrealized loans of $620 billion
Source: Medium

Last month, the People’s Bank of China also turned to Quantitative Easing mode by injecting $92 billion into the market.

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