Tuesday, December 6, 2011

(There Can Be No) Flight to Safety Uh-Oh GOTD

. Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Yikes. Clear here for bigger image. Discussion here, including this:
Historically, a Triffin Dilemma — and that’s kinda what this is — leads to funky innovations in the shadow banking system and all the complications that such innovations bring. Will the whispers of new kinds of financial alchemy get louder?

You can see in the chart that before the crisis, US Treasuries were an important but minority amount of the world’s stock of safe haven assets. Treasuries are now the vast majority of such assets. But this is because of the extraordinary decline in the other kinds of assets and because of quantitative easing by the Fed, not because the outstanding stock of Treasuries has increased by so much.
Perhaps the outstanding stock of Treasuries should increase.

Via Counterparties.


(There Can Be No) Flight to Safety Uh-Oh GOTD
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