Tighter Lending Standards, Lower Monetary Supply and What's Next for Investors?

The diminution of the monetary supply in the United States does not augur well for speculative assets. To escalate the cost of something, either the need must grow or the quantity must decline dramatically.


Subsequent to the outbreak of the coronavirus, the majority of assets escalated in worth due to a surge in need, specifically because of a flow of dollars surging into them. This rise was the consequence of facile money strategies and printing to "preserve" the economy from a collapse during the coronavirus.

However, the facile money strategies are no longer in place, and the quantity is dwindling, which is not a positive signal for assets. The M2 monetary supply, a benchmark gauge of how much money is rotating in the United States, fell by a non-seasonally adjusted 2.2% in February year over year, in agreement with the Federal Reserve previous week.

The present monetary supply is still a mammoth figure, standing at 21.099 trillion. Nonetheless, the contraction in the monetary supply is concerning since there is a lesser amount of money available to invest in assets than there was a year ago. This is not an optimistic index.

This tendency is projected to persist in the future. Stricter lending standards and higher interest rates, combined with the Federal Reserve's determination to no longer pursue quantitative easing and instead opt for tightening, all contribute to the reduction in the monetary supply.

In substance, money is being withdrawn from rotation. The punchline is that a lesser quantity of money leads to a lower need. The remainder of 2023 will be intriguing to watch.

Has the Covid money punch bowl ultimately dried up, or are people still holding vast sums in savings accounts, waiting to invest? Only time will reveal.

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