An interesting exercise in the always dangerous practice of extrapolation: A look at this week's H.4.1 update shows the Fed holding $1.583T of outstanding 10-year equivalents or, a record 30.32%. By extension then, only 69.68% remains for the private sector. Currently, the figure is rising ~0.3% per week as Bernanke and company snap up Treasury bonds (TLT, TBT). Were that pace to continue until 2018, the Fed would be in possession of virtually the entire market. Food for thought from ZeroHedge and Stone & McCarthy.