Latest U.S. Monetary Trends
"Securities held outright" has increased from $496 billion to $1,176 billion, as the Fed has increased its holdings of Treasury Notes and Bonds from $476 billion to $633 billion and increased its holding of Agency securities from $20 billion to $88 billion while also buying $455 billion of Mortgage backed securities.
But this has been more than offset by a decrease in other items from $1,750 billion to $879 billion. Particularly central bank liquidity swaps and commercial paper funding facility has declined dramatically.
It should be noted that some of these other items do not affect the monetary base, and so the monetary base has not declined and instead remained roughly unchanged at around $1,700 billion.
And money supply has continued to increase, though in the last three months only marginally for M2(up only 0.6% at an annual rate in the 12 weeks between March 16 and June 8). Since institutional money market funds (part of MZM, but not M2) have increased while small time deposits (part of M2, but not MZM) have dropped significantly, MZM is up by a more significant annualized 4.8%. That is however a lot lower than the annualized 20.5% rate in the preceding 23 weeks. That implies a slower increase in commodity prices, though that also depends on how the Chinese economy develops.