Market Ethos - The crowding out effect


U.S. banks have been buyers of Treasuries in years past. But with short rates so high and unrealized losses on their existing bond holdings (expect to hear more about that in the upcoming earnings season), let’s just say they too are not enthusiastic about buying more Treasuries, especially with such a low carry. So, it’s up to the private sector which so far has been a willing buyer given money flows lured by the higher yields. But if you and I are the new buyers of government debt to fund deficits, that means our capital is not going into corporate investments as much. This is what crowding out of private investment looks like.

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