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Big Central Bank Assets Jump Fastest in 5 Years to $21 Trillion

  • Up 10% this year to almost a third the size of world economy
  • Trajectory coincides with the rise in global stocks and bonds
Bank of England As Central Bank's 2007 Liquidity Auctions Probed By Serious Fraud Office
Photographer: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

The world’s biggest central banks are bulking up their balance sheets this year at the fastest pace since 2011’s European debt crisis to boost lackluster economic recoveries with asset purchases that are supporting stock and bond prices.

The 10 largest lenders now own assets totaling $21.4 trillion, a 10 percent increase from the end of last year, data collected by Bloomberg show. Their combined holdings grew by 3 percent or less in both 2015 and 2014.