Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Uh oh -M3 Contraction

From Mish's Global Economic Trend Analysis:
The Telegraph is reporting Sharp US money supply contraction points to Wall Street crunch ahead.

The US money supply has experienced the sharpest contraction in modern history, heightening the risk of a Wall Street crunch and a severe economic slowdown in coming months.

Data compiled by Lombard Street Research shows that the M3 ''broad money" aggregates fell by almost $50bn (£26.8bn) in July, the biggest one-month fall since modern records began in 1959. "Monthly data for July show that the broad money growth has almost collapsed," said Gabriel Stein, the group's leading monetary economist....MORE

Why is this so ominous?
Money Makes the World Go Around