As the global financial landscape continues to shift, liquidity challenges are emerging as a major concern for financial institutions. In Australia, AustralianSuper has announced that it has hired a chief liquidity officer in response to the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank and Credit Suisse, which has raised concerns about the stability of the $3.4 trillion sector. The new hire will be responsible for managing liquidity risk across the fund's investments.
Meanwhile, in India, banks are turning to certificates of deposits (CDs) as a way to manage their liquidity amid a significant reduction in surplus liquidity. According to reports, Indian banks have significantly increased their reliance on CDs, with the total outstanding amount of CDs issued having increased by 27% over the past year.
The liquidity challenges facing financial institutions are also raising concerns about the stability of the global economy. With peak tax collection season set to begin next week, there is a high risk of a material downturn in dollar liquidity. This is particularly concerning given the potential impact on emerging markets, which are already facing significant economic challenges.
In the United States, the state of stocks is also being closely watched, with many analysts pointing to liquidity concerns as a potential factor in any market downturn. Macro Intelligence 2 Partners (MI2) Co-founder and President Julian Brigden recently joined Yahoo Finance Live to discuss the state of stocks and the potential impact of liquidity pressures on the market.
Despite these concerns, there are signs that some areas of the market are recovering. The US Dollar gained on Monday as liquidity came back online and markets fully absorbed Friday's non-farm payrolls report. However, this recovery may be short-lived if liquidity pressures continue to mount.
In the cryptocurrency market, liquidity challenges are also emerging as a major concern. The Terra Classic (LUNC) community has recently suffered another blow to their recovery plans from last year's black swan event. Recent reports suggest that the community is struggling to maintain liquidity, which could have a significant impact on the value of the LUNC token.
In the power sector, a new report from the Power Finance Corporation (PFC) has shown progress on the health of distribution companies (Discoms) in 2021-22. The report highlights improvements in aggregate technical and commercial (AT&C) losses and payment disbursals, which could help to improve the liquidity of the sector.
However, not all countries are faring as well. Pakistan's foreign reserves have fallen to USD 4.2 billion, which is enough to cater for just one month of import bills. Sri Lanka is also facing a liquidity crisis, with the government struggling to repay its debt and the central bank imposing tight liquidity controls.
As these challenges continue to mount, it is clear that liquidity will remain a major concern for financial institutions worldwide. With the potential for significant economic impacts, it is essential that regulators and policymakers work to address these challenges and ensure the stability of the global financial system.