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Global Liquidity Is Being Ignored By Asset Prices

Global Liquidity Is Being Ignored By Asset Prices


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Liquidity drives asset prices. As liquidity increases, asset prices go up. As liquidity is drained, asset prices go down. This is a fairly well understood phenomenon in economics and the professional investment community.

Historically, the problem is that liquidity can be very difficult to track. I recently met the team behind Liquidity Wiz and have been impressed with their product. It tracks liquidity by allowing the user to cut the data in a variety of different ways. As a disclaimer, I have no financial relationship with the company and am not incentivized to share their product. I am just a fan, but figured we could do a deep dive today on global liquidity using their data.

First, we can see that global liquidity is down approximately 8% over the last 12 months.

If we drill into the broad money supply growth by country, we can see that global liquidity has been driven by China’s continued expansion (blue line below).

It doesn’t hurt that China is not only growing their broad money supply, but they are also the largest country in the world by money supply with double the United States’ $20.8 trillion.

A deep dive into the liquidity cycle shows that the 3-month liquidity cycle reveals draining of liquidity globally since the local high in January of this year.

The 1-year cycle shows the same phenomenon, but this chart does a better job of highlighting how outrageous the increase in liquidity was during the 2020-2021 zero-interest rate days.

Next, we can see that bitcoin, gold, and the S&P 500 all tend to move in the same general direction based on these liquidity changes.

What is interesting though is that bitcoin and the stock market have been appreciating in price since the start of the year, yet global liquidity has been draining.

One argument is that markets are forward-looking and investors are trying to front run central banks. They want to buy assets before the Fed and others pivot to looser monetary policy, while simultaneously pumping the global economy with liquidity.

Remember, the Fed has been draining their balance sheet and trying to create tight financial conditions.

And the US central bank has been successful in getting year-over-year CPI to fall drastically from the elevated levels that we previously saw.

But if asset prices have continued to rise, despite the tighter financial conditions, then we must ask the question “what happens when loose monetary policy returns and global liquidity begins growing aggressively again?”

The simple answer is that asset prices will take off, just as we saw in 2020 and 2021. The investors who were able to hold on to their investments over the last 2-3 years during this tighter period will be rewarded. But it would be hard to argue that central banks around the world are excited about pivoting back to loose policies given where the stock market, bitcoin, and gold currently are.

Asset prices at all-time highs during tight conditions spell disaster for preventing euphoria and speculation when the macro environment improves.

Hope you all have a great day. I’ll talk to everyone tomorrow.

-Anthony Pompliano

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