The market has reached maximum extension versus the Composite Liquidity Indicator. The indicator remains flat despite surging bank deposits. Investors and dealers appear to be pulling cash from money market funds to buy stocks and bonds. That’s bulking up bank deposits, in a bullish self feedback loop. Non-subscribers, click here for access.
But that only can go so far as the Fed continues to work to blunt that via QT. QT or Quantitative Tightening is the act of the Fed shrinking its balance sheet, which in turn destroys bank deposits. Foreign central banks have also been uncooperative in supporting the bull moves in US stocks and bonds. That reduces systemic liquidity. Non-subscribers, click here for access.
In recent months animal spirits have resulted in enough private credit creation to outstrip the Fed. The US Treasury has goosed the process by stopping the issuance of more T-bills than are expiring. With a reduced supply of T-bills, investors have had more cash to play with, and play, they did. But all that will come to an end over January and February. There are already hints from these liquidity measures that a market top may be at hand. Non-subscribers, click here for access.
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