Keywords: Federal Reserve, Banking Crisis, Quantitative Easing, Uninsured Deposits, Bank Failures, Systemic Risk, Monetary Policy, Financial Conditions

The recent banking failures in the United States have triggered a sense of alarm among economists and financial analysts alike. At the epicenter of these failures are banks that have large amounts of uninsured deposits and exposure to long-term bonds. However, there’s an undercurrent that seems to suggest a broader, more systemic issue might be at play here, significantly linked to the monetary policies executed by the US Federal Reserve.

The Quantitative Easing Effect

Quantitative easing (QE), a monetary policy tool commonly used by central banks like the Federal Reserve, involves buying securities from the market in exchange for its own liquid reserves. This process not only expands the central bank’s balance sheet but also fuels an expansion in the broader banking system’s balance sheet, leading to a surge in uninsured deposits.

From Uninsured Deposits to Banking Crisis

In a study presented at the Fed’s annual Jackson Hole conference in August 2022, it was highlighted that the resumption of QE during the pandemic led to an increase in uninsured bank deposits from approximately $5.5 trillion at the end of 2019 to over $8 trillion by Q1 2022. Certain banks experienced inflows that increased from less than $5 billion in Q3 2019 to an average of $14 billion per quarter during QE. But with the cessation of QE, interest rate hikes, and the abrupt shift to quantitative tightening (QT), these flows reversed, leading to an increase in outflows of uninsured deposits.


The latest banking crises in the United States appear to illustrate the vulnerabilities of banks in the face of changing monetary policy and financial conditions. It raises valid concerns that the impacts of policies like QE may be more systemic than previously understood. As the financial world grapples with these concerns, we must continue to scrutinize and understand the interplay between central banking policies and the stability of the broader banking system.

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