The Fed Has Officially Launched its Next QE Program
As I’ve been warning for several weeks, World War III has begun.
The difference between this World War and the last two is that this one will be financial in nature – rather than bullets and bombs, it’s going to be fought with central banks and currencies.
The European Central Bank (ECB) officially “fired the first shot” of this war two weeks ago when it launched several aggressive massive monetary policies, cutting its interest rates even deeper into negative territory while simultaneously launching a new Quantitative Easing (QE) program.
At that time, I noted that it was only a matter of time before the U.S. and Europe’s other major trading partners “returned fire” by launching their own monetary programs.
You see, in a world completely saturated with debt, no major country can afford to have its currency strengthen too much. The stronger the currency, the more expensive it is to service your debt (each unit of currency is worth more).
Which is why, as soon as Europe chose to devalue the Euro by printing money and cutting interest rates, I knew it was only a matter of time before the U.S. responded.
Last week it did.
The Fed Just Launched “Stealth QE”
Unbeknownst to most investors, last week, the Fed launched another Quantitative Easing (QE) program.
QE is a monetary policy through which a central bank prints new money and uses it to buy debt from financial institutions.
When the Fed launches QE, it does two things:
- It gives those financial firms access to capital.
- It begins to expand its balance sheet.
Since 2018, the Fed’s balance sheet was in a downtrend as it shrank via the Fed’s Quantitative TIGHTENING (QT) program.
QT is QE in reverse: The Fed allows its balance sheet to shrink, withdrawing capital from the financial system.
But last week this all changed. The Fed’s balance sheet began to grow… and not by a little, but by a whopping $75 BILLION in a single week.
To put that number into perspective, at its most aggressive QE program back in 2013, the Fed was doing $80 billion worth of QE per month.
It just did that in the span of five days.
As I outlined in my bestselling book The Everything Bubble: the Endgame For Central Bank Policy, at some the Fed would be forced to go NUCLEAR with its monetary programs to maintain the Everything Bubble.
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