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ECB joins global central banks in balance sheet expansion YTD ECB joins global central banks in balance sheet expansion YTD

ECB joins global central banks in balance sheet expansion YTD

ECB joins Fed and PBoC in balance sheet expansion YTD to stimulate economy — quantitative easing on the rise.

Quick Take

  • Central banks talk a tough game regarding quantitative tightening, but in 2023, we are seeing balance sheet expansion (quantitative easing).
  • The new fed programs may not be directly QE related, but we see significant balance sheet expansion from the Fed, People’s Bank of China, and the European Central Bank.
  • ECB is now the latest central bank to have a positive balance sheet YTD, +0.16%, back-to-back weeks of expanding the balance sheet.
  • In the case of the ECB, they are taking more from credit lines from the Fed.
  • They join the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) +1.39% and the Fed +2.66%, in terms of balance sheet expansion.
  • Bank of Japan also makes up the top 4 central banks; the balance sheet is only -0.12%. It was up +4% the week prior.
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Balance Sheet: (Source: Trading View)
Balance Sheet: (Source: Trading View)