‘Big Short’ investor Michael Burry called out the Fed for not shrinking its balance sheet enough in June — and compared its love of stimulus to a drug addiction

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Via Business Insider

Michael Burry called out the Federal Reserve for not shrinking its balance sheet as much as planned in June, comparing its failure to resist stimulating the economy to a drug addiction.

“Drugs are hard to kick,” Burry said in a now-deleted tweet. “Fed was supposed to sell $30B Treasuries and $17.5B Mortgage-Backed Securities per month starting June 1. QT.”

“During June, MBS holdings rose almost $3B. Treasury holdings fell less than $10B,” the investor of “The Big Short” fame added.

Burry’s tweet refers to the Fed’s plan to reduce security holdings by up to $30 billion worth of Treasuries and $17.5 billion worth of mortgage-backed securities each month, with deeper cuts to follow. However, the central bank managed less than one-third of its Treasuries target in June, and actually added $3 billion of mortgage-backed securities to its stockpile.

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Fed Chair Jerome Powell and his colleagues recently started hiking interest rates and reducing its balance sheet in order to curb rampant inflation, but at least in Burry’s view, their quantitative tightening (QT) has fallen short so far.

Burry has heaped criticism on the Fed in recent months. In June, he blasted the central bank for being ignorant of history, given it had seemingly overlooked the risk that aggressively stimulating the economy during the pandemic would spark inflation….


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