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Tuesday
Jan042011

Fed's Balance Sheet Shrinks In Latest Week: Chart

After flattening out, it headed higher 8 straight weeks with QE2, until dipping just slightly in the latest week.  When the Fed wants to sell MBS and other securities, who's gonna buy?  Details inisde.

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(Source - Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Reserve's balance sheet fell in the latest week, following eight consecutive weeks of growth, as agency mortgage-backed securities holdings fell more than Treasury holdings increased, Fed data released on Thursday showed.

The balance sheet -- a broad gauge of Fed lending to the financial system -- declined to $2.403 trillion in the week ended December 29 from $2.410 trillion the prior week.

The balance sheet has been expanding since the U.S. central bank last month began a second bout of quantitative easing, known as QE2. The Fed expects to execute about $600 billion in U.S. government debt purchases over an eight-month period in an effort to stimulate the economy.

The balance sheet had topped the previous record of $2.333 trillion set in May as the Fed was about to end its initial round of bond purchases that involved $300 billion of Treasuries and $1.425 billion in mortgage-related securities.

The second round of quantitative easing follows the Fed's use of proceeds from maturing mortgage securities in its portfolio to buy Treasuries -- a move that started in August. Since that time, it has purchased about a combined $236 billion in Treasuries.

Continue reading at Reuters...

 

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Answer this important question Bernanke:

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Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc. may report that the value of its equity portfolio rose by $6.3 billion in the last three months of 2010 as holdings in Wells Fargo & Co. and Coca-Cola Co. rallied, Barclays Plc said.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-01-04/buffett-may-post-a-6-billion-gain-after-wells-fargo-rally-barclays-says.html
Jan 4, 2011 at 10:34 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Jan 4, 2011 at 10:36 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Jan 4, 2011 at 10:42 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
WASHINGTON -- Congress and federal agencies are expected to spend as much as $60 million in fiscal 2009 on a little-known taxpayer-funded perk: repaying government employees' college loans.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB124578152192043001.html
Jan 4, 2011 at 10:42 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Jan 4, 2011 at 10:43 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
How is the taxpayer balance sheet doing?
Jan 4, 2011 at 11:02 PM | Unregistered CommenterS. Gompers
damn good question...i'd say we support corrupt crony capitalism to the tune of hundreds of billions per year...and that the balance sheet looks rather, um, well imbalanced...
Jan 4, 2011 at 11:17 PM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
If you remember, years ago the Congressional Bank closed because to many of our illustrious ones were bouncing way to many of their personal checks.

Lesson that should have been learned;

Don't elect people to control the nations spending that can't balance their own checkbooks.

Lesson that we really learned;

We gotta keep voting the herd saviors back into power, toe the line, toe the line, ignore all you see around you.

The cave wall show starts in 5 minutes...
Jan 5, 2011 at 2:00 AM | Unregistered CommenterS. Gompers
i remember the bounced check scandal...and the congressional post office and rostenkowski...
Jan 5, 2011 at 4:14 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail

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