We track Treasury supply because Fed policy comprises only one side of the supply/demand equation. Treasury supply makes up the bulk of the other side. The information we have on Treasury supply is known, either in advance or at least in real time. Tax revenue is the primary determinant of changes in supply. We merely need to monitor the tax revenue trend, and legislation that affects the Federal Budget to get an idea where supply is headed in the near term.
We’ve now seen xxx months of falling withholding tax collections. That’s a xxxxx, but it was mitigated in September by very strong quarterly estimated individual and corporate taxes. But those are lagging because they are based on the third quarter as a whole, not just September. Non-subscribers, click here for access.
On the other hand, excise tax collections were up, an indication of strong retail consumption. So that’s a fly in the ointment in terms of the idea that the economy is contracting. But it’s too small an item to matter to total revenue. Non-subscribers, click here for access.
September revenues got a boost from quarterly estimated taxes, as always. We expected that. As a result, the Treasury paid down a significant amount outstanding T-bills during the month. Again, no surprise. But it certainly didn’t help the markets much. Maybe the Treasury market a little toward the end of the month. But if that’s all a “good” liquidity month can do, watch out for the next two months. Non-subscribers, click here for access.
The point is that September was as good as it gets, and as good as it will be, until xxxxxxx, when the xxxxxxxxx xxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxx xxxxxxx will again create a temporary budget surplus. That will be used to pay down T-bills again. But xxxxxxx xxxx xxxxxxxx will be a drought, with heavy Treasury supply, which would be made worse by weakening tax revenues. Non-subscribers, click here for access.
The Fed will exacerbate the problem with QT. It will tell the Treasury to redeem $60 billion a month of the Fed’s Treasury holdings. That’s an extra $60 billion a month in Treasury supply that the US government will need to issue so that it can repay the Fed. Investors and dealers will be forced to absorb that, because the Fed cavalry isn’t riding to the rescue to take up the bulk of supply. Non-subscribers, click here for access.
The xxxx xxxxx months will be the worst supply demand imbalance we have seen so far in this bear market. I would expect both stock and bond prices to xxxx xxxxxxx xxxxxxxx xxxxxxx. Any rallies should be xxxxx xxxxx, and should xxxxx be xxxxxxxx xxxxxxxxxxx. Non-subscribers, click here for access.
Furthermore, xxxxxx the xxxxxx will continue to be a really bad idea, just as it has been all year, unless you plan on, and in fact do, xxxxxx the xxxxx. Non-subscribers, click here for access.
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