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Category: US Debt

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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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Economics

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

U.S. Household Debt - Deleveraging Posts New Record / Economics / US Debt

By: Asha_Bangalore

Household debt soared prior to the onset of the financial crisis to establish a peak at $13.9 trillion in second quarter of 2008 (see Chart 2). During the thirteen quarters since the peak, household debt has declined $688 billion (see Chart 3) to set a new record for the post-war period.

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Interest-Rates

Sunday, December 11, 2011

The U.S Debt Crisis, A Look Beyond the Paradigms / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Andy_Sutton

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleCo-Authored by Gregory Olson, CEO – GRO Enterprises : One of the traps all analysts fall into from time to time is their inability to see the forest through the trees. We are all guilty of this from time to time, and those who would deny this simple reality only set themselves up to miss important changes in the paradigms in which they operate.  Perhaps the most famous example of this happened in the life and times of Christopher Columbus. We’re sure you recall the mental model of that time; that the Earth was flat. Many very wise people in Columbus’ day felt he was going to sail the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria right off the edge of the Earth. And there are many other classic examples as well.

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Interest-Rates

Friday, December 09, 2011

Stop Hyperventilating about Federal Debt: USA Is Heading for Party-Time Again / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Andrew_Butter

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAn interesting component of the current atmosphere of angst in America is collective amnesia. Everyone seems to forget:

1: There was a very expensive war. Whether the war was in fact “necessary” so as to Keep America Safe, is debatable. But putting that to one side, it most certainly did not generate a return on investment in the form of looting and pillaging…which always used to be the main justification for going to war in the old days, and that in the cold light of debt servitude, arguably remains the only fiscally-responsible reason for going to war…ever…so long as you win!

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Interest-Rates

Thursday, December 08, 2011

U.S. Twin Deficits, Phony Money for Worthless Promises / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Gary_North

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThere are two deficits that we hear about most: the federal government's deficit and the balance of payments of the United States. They are linked, but they are very different in their effects.

The federal deficit is seen by Keynesians as mostly a benefit and by Austrians as mostly a liability, and for the same reason: higher government spending.

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Deleveraging is Over — It’s Time to Cut the U.S. Budget Deficit / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Colin_Twiggs

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleUS commercial bank loans and leases bottomed in April 2011, after shrinking more than $1 trillion in the previous two years. The annual rate-of-change has now recovered to positive territory, relieving downward pressure on asset prices, including stocks and real estate. Deleveraging has come to an end and is only likely to resume if the economy suffers further financial shocks.

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Politics

Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Hallmark of the Fed is Duplicity, or, What’s Risky is Safe / Politics / US Debt

By: Rob_Kirby

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleTom Foolery at Its Finest:  The Truman Show Redux : The purpose of this paper is to highlight how hegemonic American economic doctrine has infected global economics in creating a surreal plutocratic corporatocracy, or in other words, what’s black is white, what’s up is down, what’s safe is risky, you get the idea!

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Politics

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

We Are All Keynesians Now - Except Me / Politics / US Debt

By: Paul_L_Kasriel

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIf you want federal debt reduction, you are going to get it Super-Committee "failure" or not. The recent debt-ceiling legislation calls for $1.0 trillion less-than-otherwise federal spending over the next 10 years. The "trigger" calls for $1.2 trillion less-than-otherwise federal spending over the next 10 years. And, with the return to the Clinton-era personal tax rates for all household income groups on January 1, 2013, revenues will increase by $3.5 trillion more-than-otherwise over the next 10 years. So, that is $5.7 trillion of less federal debt issuance than otherwise over the next 10 years. Now, that's what I would call a grand bargain. And don't forget, unless Congress acts before yearend 2011, an extra $168 billion of federal debt that otherwise would have been issued won't be because of an expiring FICA tax "holiday" (just in time for the holidays?) and the expiration of extended unemployment insurance benefits. The U.S. as the next Greece? I beg your pardon. Try Canada, eh?

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Politics

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Super-Committee is Dead, Long Live the Debt! / Politics / US Debt

By: PhilStockWorld

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn case you are voting in the next election – here are 12 people to get rid of.  Much as I may blame one party over another for this failure, they all deserve what’s coming to them for A) Pretending they were going to accomplish something and B) For not now getting up and making very strong statements denouncing the corruption in politics that make it impossible for Congress to do the Nation’s business anymore.  

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

U.S. Debt Reality Check / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Rob_Kirby

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleTic, Tac, Toe, Three Clowns in a Row

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Interest-Rates

Monday, October 31, 2011

Foreign Borrowing Poses An Imminent Threat to the U.S. Dollar and U.S. Financial System / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Janet_Tavakoli

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe United States is the largest debtor nation in the history of the world, and our borrowing is increasing. In 1950 spending for social programs was only one percent of the total Federal Budget. As the economy grew, social programs expanded to include Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Food Stamps, Unemployment Compensation, Supplemental Security for the Disabled, and educational programs. In 1983 as the United States pulled out of an ugly recession and brought inflation under control, social programs consumed 26% of the budget. In fiscal year 2012, they’ll eat up an estimated 57% of the budget.

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