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NEW YORK (Reuters) – J.P. Morgan on Wednesday raised its estimate on the amount of excess reserves that the U.S. Federal Reserve would leave in the U.S. banking system to $1 trillion, double what it had previously projected. The latest estimate suggested the U.S. central bank would end the normalization of its balance sheet, at about $3.5 trillion, in the early second quarter of 2020, J.P. Morgan economist Michael Feroli wrote in a research note. Concerns about rising borrowing costs for banks have stoked speculation whether the Fed would halt the shrinkage of its balance sheet, which is primarily made up of Treasuries and mortgage bond, sooner than previously thought.(GRAPHIC-Bank excess reserves held at the Fed: tmsnrt.rs/2BiDDzx) cufflinks debenhams.

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