John Williams: Warning – Monetary Base Spikes to Historic Level
February 25, 2012
John Williams just issued a warning regarding the Monetary Base vaulting to a historic high. Williams, who founded ShadowStats, also stated the reason for the expansion is directly related to a deepening systemic solvency crisis. Here is what Williams had to say about the situation: The seasonally-adjusted St. Louis Fed Adjusted Monetary Base just jumped to an historic high level in the two-week period ended February 22nd, as shown in the (above graph). The movement here largely is under direct control of the Fed’s Federal Open Mark Committee (FOMC) and is suggestive of a deepening systemic solvency crisis.”
John Williams continues:
“Adding liquidity to the system usually is contrary to the action that would be taken if the Fed were trying to reduce inflation. Indeed, the Fed is not trying to reduce inflation—despite inflation running significantly above its 2.0% inflation target—instead, the U.S. central bank continues its efforts to provide liquidity to a still severely-impaired U.S. banking system.
The extreme growth in the monetary base of recent years has not translated into rapid money supply growth and inflation, yet, because banks have been depositing their funds as excess reserves with the Fed, rather than lending the money into the normal flow of commerce.