Bloomberg writes that, "U.S. Money-Market Investors Face Multiple Grim Trends in 2021," which tells us, "Investors in the U.S. money market are facing a grim year ahead. That's the vision laid out by JPMorgan Chase & Co. strategists, who predict that the supply of investable assets will shrink by about $300 billion while the amount of cash chasing them has nearly doubled to $3 trillion." The article explains, "A key factor on the supply side is that the quantity of Treasury bills is poised to shrink as the U.S. government replaces with longer-term debt much of the short-term borrowing it undertook in 2020 to pay for fiscal stimulus. Meanwhile demand for securities is rising, with bank reserves having increased by $1.4 trillion since the start of the year as the Federal Reserve ramped up asset purchases in response to the March liquidity crisis. On top of that, the central bank plans to keep its policy rate close to zero at least through 2023." Bloomberg adds, "These factors and others 'should make 2021 a challenging year to stay invested, and a challenging time to earn yield in the money markets,' JPMorgan's Alex Roever and colleagues wrote in note.... 'Liquidity-focused investors inhabiting the cash money markets are in a fix.' ... Yet 'there is still plenty of uncertainty around benchmark reform as it relates to existing Libor exposures in the cash markets,' Roever said. Markets aren't pricing in Libor cessation as a substantial risk, possibly because they're 'more focused on staying invested given the imbalance between supply and demand.'"

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