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At the end of the day the growth in bank deposits shows the willingness of the banking sector to "generate liquidity" that is lending money. And this happens only if they see opportunities not high risk. Right now banks deposits are contracting and lending standards are being raised aggressively - at bearish & recessionary levels. Am I right?
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While the most everyone focuses on interest rates liquidity is little understood or appreciated perhaps because it is part of the plumbing rather than a headline.
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I still cannot tell whether you are being ironic and repeating a widespread misconception that you don't agree with, or whether I should take you literally.
"liquidity = bank reserves"
Central and private banks do an asset swap of reserves for Treasuries and what really changes?
Some banks might be short of reserves at times, but before 2008 the banking system used to run on $30-40B of reserves and now it has to survive on less than $2T - is this really a constraint? The Fed Funds market might need to come to life again, or the Fed window open, but the banks have plenty of tools.
"reserves lubricate ... the repo market"
Isn't that Treasuries - top-quality collateral that everyone can deal in and which the banks will soon have more of?
"The Fed will be running QT at a yearly pace of > $1 trillion"
Your main thesis seems to be that a recession is fast approaching.
Will the Fed be able to continue QT in the midst of a recession?
[By buying Treasuries,] "households take away deposits from the (already under pressure) banking system and also lock away spendable money" [and so restrict the] "availability of real-economy money"
Really? Doesn't it depend where that money comes from and goes to? If they sell equities to buy bonds, no. Anyway the deposits are transferred to the sellers of the bonds.
With US personal savings rates at record lows (FRED2: PSAVERT) it doesn't feel like it is bond buying that is starving the real economy of money.
Please keep it simple, so even I can understand what you are saying.
If you can't use the subjunctive, then maybe mark irony with an emoji 😜