November 21, 2006

Reduced Fed Transparency: Inflation on the Way?

Barry Ritholtz:
Last year, we lamented the passing of M3 reporting. This broadest of money supply measures had shown a discomforting increase in liquidity, far greater than what M2 was revealing.

At the time of the M3 announcement, we suspected the Fed was attempting to cover their tracks, disguising an ongoing increase in money supply and an unstated "easing" in Fed bias. Since that time, we have learned: the Treasury Department was also adding liquidity -- a duty they have assumed, in part, in addition to the same performed by the Fed. Indeed, based on the credit growth data Doug Noland published last month (October Credit Review), it appears that the Fed has - despite increasing interest rates - actually eased over the last two years.
Posted by James Zellmer at November 21, 2006 7:22 PM | Subscribe to this site via RSS:
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