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Category: US Debt

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Interest-Rates

Friday, March 09, 2012

If Economy is Recovering, Why Are U.S. Cities Going Bankrupt? / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: EWI

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAs pundits chatter about an economic recovery, 80 miles east of San Francisco you'll find a city (pop. 292,000) facing bankruptcy:

Stockton is on the verge of becoming the largest city in the United States to declare bankruptcy...

San Francisco Chronicle (3/4)

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Politics

Friday, March 09, 2012

How to Ruin Your Economy / Politics / US Debt

By: Bill_Bonner

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWe can learn a lot from the Argentines. When it comes to messing up an economy, they’re Numero Uno. They’re Olympians of financial legerdemain and masters of the old false shuffle.

In 2001, the country was deeply in debt. The government was out of money. And the currency was losing value fast. What did the Argentines do?

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Politics

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

The Debt Deleveraging Big Lie / Politics / US Debt

By: James_Quinn

Cause, Effect & The Fallacy Of Return To Normalcy

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis Article“Thousands upon thousands are yearly brought into a state of real poverty by their great anxiety not to be thought of as poor.” - Robert Mallett

I hear the term de-leveraging relentlessly from the mainstream media. The storyline that the American consumer has been denying themselves and paying down debt is completely 100% false. The proliferation of this Big Lie has been spread by Wall Street and their mouthpieces in the corporate media. The purpose is to convince the ignorant masses they have deprived themselves long enough and deserve to start spending again. The propaganda being spouted by those who depend on Americans to go further into debt is relentless. The “fantastic” automaker recovery is being driven by 0% financing for seven years peddled to subprime (aka deadbeats) borrowers for mammoth SUVs and pickup trucks that get 15 mpg as gas prices surge past $4.00 a gallon. What could possibly go wrong in that scenario? Furniture merchants are offering no interest, no payment deals for four years on their product lines. Of course, the interest rate from your friends at GE Capital reverts retroactively to 29.99% at the end of four years after the average dolt forgot to save enough to pay off the balance. I’m again receiving two to three credit card offers per day in the mail. According to the Wall Street vampire squids that continue to suck the life blood from what’s left of the American economy, this is a return to normalcy.  

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Economics

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Ron Paul: U.S. Economy Squeezed As Debt Accelerates / Economics / US Debt

By: Dr_Ron_Paul

Senator Jeff Sessions, ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee has pointed out that our per capita government debt is already larger than Greece's. Per person, our government owes over $49,000 compared to $38,937 per Greek citizen. Our debt has just reached 101% of our Gross Domestic Product. Our creditors see this and have quietly slowed down or stopped their lending to us. As a result, the Federal Reserve has been outright monetizing debt as a way to patch things together and keep the economy on life support a little longer. There is rapidly shrinking demand for our debt, and confidence in the dollar is falling. This phenomenon is hidden only by the fact that confidence in all other fiat currencies is falling faster.

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Interest-Rates

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Our Depraved Future of Debt Slavery (Part II) / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Ashvin_Pandurangi

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article"Debt" has been used as a means of slavery throughout human history, in ancient societies dating as far back as thousands of years ago, such as those in Mesopotamia, Egypt, North/South America, etc. Debtors in these societies would be forced to relinquish their crops, land, freedom and even their wives and children to satisfy unpaid debts. Such extravagant periods of debt creation often culminated in the necessity for systemic debt forgiveness (or "Jubilee") by the decree of chiefs, emperors and kings to simply maintain some sense of social order [see Debt: The First 5000 years].

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Politics

Friday, February 24, 2012

Fatally Flawed Approaches to the U.S. Budget Deficit and Taxes... / Politics / US Debt

By: Mike_Shedlock

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis Article... Debt Will Swell Under 3 of 4 Republican Hopefuls' Tax Plans

A number of proposals on taxes and the budget have come out recently, one by President Obama, one by Mitt Romney, and one by a friend, John Mauldin.

Every one of the proposals are fatally flawed, most of the for multiple reasons. Before one can fix a problem one must understand it.

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Politics

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Our Depraved Future of Debt Slavery (Part I) / Politics / US Debt

By: Ashvin_Pandurangi

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIt is almost surprising that the concept of slavery is very foreign to those living in the developed world, especially the U.S., since it was extensively practiced as recently as 70 years ago. What’s more disturbing about this ignorance is the fact that the system of post-Civil War slavery in the U.S. was not so different than the systems of slavery many Americans and Europeans will be experiencing in upcoming years. Indeed, I’m sure many people will probably take offense to such a comparison even being made, as they feel it demeans the atrocious acts committed in the past.

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Interest-Rates

Sunday, February 19, 2012

The Cancer of Debt and Deficits / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: John_Mauldin

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWe are coming to the point in the United States when even the US government will no longer be able to borrow at very low long-term rates. That point is a few years off, and we have time to change paths; but as I have shown in previous letters, the longer we wait to get the deficit under control, the fewer choices we have and the more painful they are. NO country can run deficits the size we are currently running, along with unfunded deficits over four times the size of the economy and a growing overall debt burden, without consequences. At some point, investors in bonds will start wondering exactly what the process is by which they will be repaid. And what will the value of those future payments be?

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

US Debt Will Explode Without Changes / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Bloomberg

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJohn Taylor, economics professor at Stanford University, spoke to Bloomberg Television's Trish Regan today and said that the U.S. "could get into a situation like Greece, quite frankly."

Taylor went on to say, "People have to realize it is a precarious situation. The debt is going to explode if we don't make some changes."

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, February 02, 2012

How Far Will Debt Deleveraging Go? How Much LSD Can an Elephant Take? / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Andrew_Butter

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThere is a growing suspicion that the amount debt piled on by both government and the private sector in developed nations over the past few years, is causing distressing symptoms of overdose.

On the subject of overdose, any druggie will tell you, dosage is important. Get that wrong and you can suffer unintended consequences. The other thing, once you popped the pills and the substance is absorbed into your blood, well, you just got to hang on and bear the consequences, until the stuff works its way through your system, if you don’t die first.

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Politics

Monday, January 16, 2012

Why You Should Ignore the Coming Debt Ceiling Debate / Politics / US Debt

By: Money_Morning

David Zeiler writes: Under the guise of yet another debt ceiling debate, Republicans and Democrats will spend much of the week demonizing each other on the Washington stage.

But don't be fooled. This so-called debate will be nothing more than a planned-in-advance sideshow to supply each side with 2012 election campaign fodder.

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Interest-Rates

Saturday, January 14, 2012

The U.S. Government Is Bankrupt / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Casey_Research

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDoug Casey, Casey Research writes: Everyone knows that the US government is bankrupt and has been for many years. But I thought it might be instructive to see what its current cash-flow situation actually is. At least insofar as it's possible to get a clear picture.

As you know, the so-called Super Committee recently tried to come up with a plan to cut the deficit by $1.5 trillion and failed completely. To anyone who understands the nature of the political process, the failure was, of course, as predictable as it was shameful. What's even more shameful, though, is that the sought-after $1.5 trillion cut wasn't meant to apply to the annual budget but to the total budget of the next 10 years – a fact that is rarely mentioned.

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Politics

Thursday, January 12, 2012

United States, the Worlds Biggest Zombie, All Empires End Badly / Politics / US Debt

By: Bill_Bonner

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleNot much action at the end of last week… Gold closed the week over $1,600. Oil remained over $100.

The show goes on!

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Economics

Thursday, January 12, 2012

United States Coming Greek Moment, Collapse, No. Huge Losses, Guaranteed / Economics / US Debt

By: Gary_North

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI did a search on Google for "economic collapse" and "2011." I got over 7 million hits.

I read a short piece on the probability of social collapse. The author argues that complex systems require more energy. At some point, there is not enough energy to sustain the system. Then it collapses.

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Interest-Rates

Monday, January 09, 2012

Paul Krugman is Dead Wrong: Debt Matters / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleShah Gilani writes: Paul Krugman, the Princeton University economics professor, Nobel Prize winner, and regular New York Times op-ed contributor says, "Debt matters, but not that much."

Not only is he off the reservation on this one, but he's completely fallen off his high horse.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, January 06, 2012

Debt, It's a Rollover... or is it? / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: William_Bancroft

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWill Bancroft looks at the debt loads weighing down economies and sees a year of tightrope walking for the authorities and the banking system. The financial markets wait with baited breathe for a resolution to the debt problems, but are there any fixes available?

As we enter 2012 there is one issue that probably sits at the forefront of our minds: can the overly indebted parts of the financial system keep financing themselves?

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Math Vindicates S&P U.S. Debt Downgrade / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Michael_Pento

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleStandard and Poor’s has been greatly vilified for their call to lower the U.S. credit rating to AA+ from AAA.  The evidence, naysayers point to, for their justification of excoriating S&P is the performance of Treasuries since the downgrade occurred.  Indeed, U.S. debt yields have fallen and the dollar has increased in the five months after being stripped of AAA.

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Economics

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Bring on US Debt Default, Otherwise, it's Permanent Deficits and Unemployment / Economics / US Debt

By: Gary_North

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThroughout the West, unemployment remains stubbornly high. Unemployment in these European nations ranges from 8.5% in Italy to over 20% in Spain.

For Europe as a whole, the figure is 10.3%. What is revealing is this: ever since 1995, it has been above 9% most of the time. Only in February 2008 did it fall to 7.3%. For workers under age 25, the figures are much worse. A generation of educated college graduates has become a lost generation.

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

US Public Debt Grows to World War II Level / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Pravda

In early December the ratio of public debt of the United States to GDP has reached 99.5%, which is the highest number since World War II. After placing another portion of the bonds at $160 billion, the U.S. will exceed this significant number. Rating agencies are willing to revise the U.S. credit scores.

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Companies

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Corporate Cash Myth, What About Debt? / Companies / US Debt

By: Neeraj_Chaudhary

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleA central theme that has absolutely permeated the coverage of the Great Recession is that over the past few years US corporations have cautiously hoarded cash and have stubbornly refused to invest in corporate expansion. Some have described this as a nearly irrational timidity on the part of the private sector and has for many justified the currently robust intervention from the public sector in the form of deficit spending, fiscal stimulus and monetary accommodation. The saying goes that if companies won't spend, government must pick up the slack to restart the economy. The story has been repeated so frequently and so often, that its veracity is rarely questioned.

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