Robert Eisenbeis, Ph.D. is quoted in the May 30, 2022 Institutional Risk Analyst post, "QT Means Short Credit Risk" by Chris Whalen.



Excerpt below.

As we’ve noted, the mark-to-market on the Fed’s $2.7 trillion portfolio of mortgage backed securities is easily minus $500 billion, a sum that is actually a loss to the taxpayer. When we said a while back that the Fed’s actions with QE are illegal, we refer directly to the fact that the Federal Reserve Board is spending money in a market speculation without authority from Congress.


Robert Eisenbeis of Cumberland Advisors told The IRA back in December of 2017 (“The Interview: Bob Eisenbeis on Seeking Normal at the Fed.”


“The Fed almost by definition cannot make a profit. It baffles me how people inside the system can fail to see the accounting reality here. The Fed issues short term liabilities to buy Treasuries taking duration out of the market. The Treasury makes interest payments to the Fed who takes out its operating costs, including interest payments on reserves and returns the remainder to the Treasury. If this intra governmental transfer were settled on a net basis like interest rate swaps, there would always be a net payment from the Treasury to the Fed.”


And the Fed now also stands to lose money for the Treasury on QE, a fact we think is rather remarkable. Since the national Congress has chosen to treat the remittances from the Fed as a “profit” for the purposes on the federal budget, perhaps it does not matter in Washington. It certainly matters for lenders, investors and risk managers around the world.

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