The Federal Reserve Is Bailing Out FOREIGN Banks â€¦ More than the American People or Economy
July 28th, 2013
Federal Reserve Policy Mainly Benefits Big Foreign Banks
Weâ€™ve extensively documented that the Federal Reserve isÂ intentionally locking up bank money so that it is not loaned out to Main Street. Specifically â€“ due to Fed policy â€“Â 81.5%Â of all money created by quantitative easing is sitting there gathering dust in the form of â€śexcess reservesâ€ť â€¦ instead of being loaned out to help Main Street or the American economy.
And weâ€™ve extensively documented thatÂ aÂ large percentage of the bailoutsÂ went toÂ foreignÂ banks (and seeÂ thisÂ andÂ this). (A 2010 Fed audit also revealed thatÂ of the $1.25 trillion of mortgage-backed securities the central bank purchased after the housing bubble popped, some $442.7 billion –Â more thanÂ 35%Â â€“ were bought from foreign banks.)
It turns out that these themes are all connected.
Specifically, most of the Fed-created money which is gathering dust is actually being held byÂ foreign banks.
The Levy Economics InstituteÂ notedÂ in May:
Excess reserves are the surplus of reserves against deposits and certain other liabilities that depository institutions (loosely called â€śbanksâ€ť) hold above the amounts that the Board requires within ranges set by federal law. The general requirement is that covered institutions maintain reserves at least equal to ten percent of liabilities payable on demand. For the first time in history, there is statistical evidence thatÂ as much as one-half or more of excess reserves are held for United States banking offices offoreign banks.
Zero HedgeÂ reportsÂ today:
As per last nightâ€™s [Federal Reserve]Â H.8 update, commercial bank depositsÂ rose by $94 billionÂ in the week ended July 17: the fourth largest weekly increase in history â€¦. This took total commercial bank deposits to an all-time high of $9.54 trillion.
The entire difference can be attributed to the $2+ trillion in excess reserves created by the Fed since the start of the [global financial crisis] .
Speaking of Fed reserves with banks, the most recent number was $2.1 trillion, and its allocation breakdown by Domestic (small and large) and Foreign banks operating in the US is as follows:
Foreign banks continue to be the biggest beneficiary of the Fedâ€™s monthly $85 billion liquidity largesse, just as they were the biggest winners during QE2.
In fact,Â the total reserve cash distribution continues to favor foreign banks, which now have a record $1.13 trillion in cash, or $9 billion more than all Domestically-chartered banks, at $1.122 trillion. The notable shift of cash reallocation from domestic to foreign banks since QE2 can be seen on the chart below.
To nobodyâ€™s surprise,Â global liquidity (as created by the Fed)Â continues to be infinitely fungible, andÂ increasingly benefits offshore-based (mainly European) banks.
(And see thisÂ earlier reportÂ from Zero Hedge).
The FedÂ pays huge amounts of money to the big banksÂ to encourage them to park their money in excess reserves, which are stored at the Fed.Â In other words, the swelling excess reserves of foreign banks are yet another type of bailout of foreign banks.
Weâ€™ve repeatedly noted that loose Federal Reserve policyÂ benefits of the super-elite at the expense ofÂ Main Street, the U.S. economy or the average American.
It now appears that the policy benefitsÂ foreignÂ super-elite even more than the elites in the U.S.
The Federal Reserve â€“ like many parts of the U.S. government â€“ areÂ sucking the prosperity out of America â€¦ and shipping it abroad.
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