Thursday, February 25, 2010

Screaming Down The Mountain.......

Another tidbit from the FDIC’s report: Bank lending last year dropped at the biggest clip since 1942.
Of course, in that year, the entire economy was shifting to a war footing. So it’s safe to say what we’re seeing now is another unprecedented postwar occurrence. The report confirms data released by the St. Louis Fed earlier this week that show commercial and industrial lending have fallen off a cliff.
As long as banks can continue to borrow from the Fed at 0.25% and park it in 10-year Treasuries for nearly 3.7% (and leverage it up, of course), we don’t see this changing much.

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