Great Graphic: Central Bank Balance Sheets

This Great Graphic comes from Thomson Reuters. V.Flassen from Reuters Graphics appears to have composed it andPierre Briancon tweeted it. It shows the major central bank balance sheets since 2007 through the end of August.  It is going to change dramatically in the coming months.  The Federal Reserve’s balance sheet growth will slow dramatically, as QE ends, though some recycling will continue it appears.

The Bank of Japan’s balance sheet will continue to expand at a steady pace.  While the BOJ shows no intention to become even more aggressive, it also has signaled that its purchases will continue for some time.  The Swiss National Bank’s balance sheet has crept up recently, and it may accelerate if it has to defend the the Swiss franc cap/euro floor through intervention.
The focus today is on the ECB.  Between the TLTROs and the ABS/covered bond purchase scheme, the ECB’s balance sheet will reverse its decline.  It may take a little while to recognize it as the banks payback the funds borrowed under the older LTRO facility.

This piece is cross-posted from Marc to Market with permission.

One Response to "Great Graphic: Central Bank Balance Sheets"

  1. windriven   September 6, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    So… The message is that Central Banks CAN buy something that looks like growth. The question that remains for history to answer is: at what cost?