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IPFS News Link • Central Banks/Banking

More Troubled Banks

• by Paul Craig Rob

As I have emphasized, the Federal Reserve's higher interest rates are the cause of the bank troubles.  The decade of zero interest rates left banks with portfolios of low interest rate assets on their balance sheets.  As the Federal Reserve raised rates, these assets declined in value.  Depositors saw that the banks were technically insolvent  and withdrew funds.  Others withdrew funds because they can now get higher interest rates from money market funds.  

Banks losing deposits are subject to runs.  Expecting the worse, shareholders sell their holdings of the banks' stocks.  As the banks lose market value, troubles increase.

The Federal Reserve is causing a banking crisis, because the Federal Reserve imagines that the inflation is a monetary inflation and not an inflation resulting from supply disruptions caused by Covid lockdowns and Russian sanctions.  If the Federal Reserve succeeds in throttling the economy with higher interest rates, supply problems are aggravated by reductions in production.  In other words, as usual, the Federal Reserve's policy is counterproductive.