Bank excess reserves with Federal Reserve signal coming loan losses.

This latest chart from November 5, 2009 release of the privately owned Federal Reserve’s report on the excess reserves is showing a sharp increas even over a few months of suppossedly “recovery” and economic “growh”. This sharp increase in excess reserve levels in a seemingly improving economic environment signals that banks know of something else. That something else is causing them to hoard cash and keep it in safest place possible, i.e. accounts at Federal Reserve banks themselves. This menacing something is likely to be huge loan losses that are result of defaults and bankruptcies by debtors. This is, of course, very deflationary.

Factors Affecting Reserve Balances.


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