By Pam Martens and Russ Martens: March 11, 2020 ~
The little people in America will have to continue to wait to hear any concrete plans for their government to provide financial relief to them for business disruptions resulting from the coronavirus. But Wall Street banks and their sprawling trading desks got the word today that the Fed’s money gusher (repo loans) that began on September 17 of last year will offer them up another $270 billion in cold hard cash at unprecedented low interest rates tomorrow.
The Fed announced that its 1-day emergency loans that it has been making each weekday will increase to as much as $175 billion a day beginning tomorrow; its 14-day loans, which will continue to be offered twice a week, will remain at the elevated amount of $45 billion; and the Fed will add three one-month loans of a whopping $50 billion each. The first one-month loan will be funneled out tomorrow, along with a cap of $45 billion in a 14-day loan and up to $175 billion in a one-day loan, bringing the one-day tally to the astounding sum of $270 billion – all without so much as a vote, or debate or even a hearing in Congress.
All of this money gusher will be dispensed by the New York Fed, the same regional Fed bank that funneled the bulk of the secret $16 trillion in aggregate emergency loans to Wall Street during the last financial crisis. (See chart below.)
For detailed background on this stealth bailout of Wall Street that has now been running without making headlines for the past six months, see our in-depth series here.