Wednesday, February 17, 2010
At least Gordon can blame it on America again
Bank lending in the US has contracted so far this year at the fastest rate in recorded history, raising concerns that the Federal Reserve may have jumped the gun by withdrawing emergency stimulus. David Rosenberg from Gluskin Sheff said lending has fallen by over $100bn (Â£63.8bn) since January, plummeting at an annual rate of 16pc. "Since the credit crisis began, $740bn of bank credit has evaporated. This is a record 10pc decline," he said. The M3 broad money supply â€“ watched by monetarists as a leading indicator of trouble a year ahead â€“ has been contracting at a rate of 5.6pc over the last three months. This signals future deflation. The Fed's "Monetary Multplier" has dropped to a record low of 0.81, evidence that the banking system is still broken.