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Category: US Debt

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Stock-Markets

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Toothless Debt Deal Won’t Stop a U.S. Credit-Rating Downgrade / Stock-Markets / US Debt

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJason Simpkins writes: It's often said that the sign of a good compromise is that both parties walk away dissatisfied - but that's not necessarily true of the debt deal Congress is close to passing.

To be sure, both parties are dissatisfied with the outcome of this contentious battle. Progressive Democrats are disappointed that planned cuts to government spending won't be augmented with tax increases, while fiscally conservative Republicans are angry that the cuts to spending haven't gone far enough.

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

U.S. Debt Cut Deal is Just Smoke & Mirrors / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Jeff_Berwick

That's it?  This is the deal?  This is what they've been supposedly fighting over for months?

We'll get to the exact details in a moment but let's start by doing a fantasy comparison of the same "cuts" being made in a format that the regular man on the street can understand.

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

What’s not for the WSJ to Like about the Debt-Ceiling Legislation? / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Paul_L_Kasriel

Milton Friedman taught us that the real economic cost of government is not how it raises its funds – taxes or borrowing -- but how many funds in toto it raises. That is, according to Friedman, the real economic cost of government is how much it spends. The pending legislation on the increase in the U.S. public debt ceiling dictates that federal outlays be reduced in the coming 10 fiscal years. So, the editorial board of the WSJ should be ecstatic about the outcome of this debate about the debt-ceiling increase, right? Federal spending will be decreased. But I suspect that very shortly the op-ed page of the WSJ will be complaining about this pending debt-ceiling legislation.

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Politics

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

U.S. Debt Deal is a Blank Check / Politics / US Debt

By: Peter_Schiff

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBy supposedly compromising to raise the debt ceiling, Congress and the President have now paved the way for ever higher levels of federal spending. Although, the nation was spared the trauma of borrowing restrictions, the actual risk of default existed solely in the minds of Washington politicians. But the real crisis is not, nor has it ever been, the debt ceiling. The crisis is the debt itself. Economic Armageddon would not have resulted from failure to raise the ceiling, but it will come because we succeeded in raising it. This outcome falls along the lines that I had forecast (See my commentary, "Don't Be Fooled by Political Posturing" from July 9th).

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Politics

Monday, August 01, 2011

Obama Our Saviour, the U.S. Debt Ceiling Deal / Politics / US Debt

By: Submissions

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article Jonathan Davis writes:So, Obama and The Democratic leadership and The Republican leadership twisted loads of arms, tightened screws and got a deal. All over the media you hear $2.5Trns of cuts have been agreed. Rubbish!

First, this deal has to be approved by Congress. It will be.

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Politics

Monday, August 01, 2011

Raising the Debt Ceiling Avoids the Spending Addiction / Politics / US Debt

By: BATR

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe latest example of political hyperbole is that the U.S. Treasury is ready to default on its debt. An actual examination of the underlying facts is that the relative purchasing value of the currency has long ago swindled debt holder in U.S. Bonds of their promised returns. A default defined under this definition is part of the equation. Repudiation of the entire debt obligation is the real fear. Contrary to all the public scare tactics that the financial world will stop turning, the Federal Treasury has ample revenue to pay the interests on bonds and notes that come due. The essential issue is whether the new bond lenders are willing to roll over the debt that is coming due and keep the shell game going.

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Politics

Monday, August 01, 2011

President Obama’s Debt Ceiling Deal More Fizz Than Bang / Politics / US Debt

By: Bob_Kirtley

President Barack Obama announced on Sunday that an agreement between Democrat and Republican leaders had been reached which would reduce the U.S. deficit and postpone default, at least for now. The President said that the agreement would cut about $1 trillion over 10 years and therefore would not have an immediate effect on the fragile U.S. economy. There is also another $1.2 trillion to be cut if a joint committee cannot find at least that amount in budget savings.

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Politics

Monday, August 01, 2011

Stock Index Futures Surge on Pathetic U.S. Debt Ceiling Deal / Politics / US Debt

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAfter spending a day in the garden weeding and transplanting I arrive at my computer to see S&P futures up 20 points, 1.5% on news a compromise was reached. Quite frankly this is ludicrous given that anyone not brain dead knew a deal would be reached.

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Politics

Monday, August 01, 2011

The Reality of the Debt Ceiling Drama / Politics / US Debt

By: Mike_Stathis

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOver the past several weeks, the media has had a field day covering the debt ceiling talks between both political parties. It’s been dominates news headlines for more than a month. Prior to the latest distraction by the media, the focus was Casey Anthony, followed by Congressman Weiner, then Casey Anthony again. 

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Politics

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Bipartisan "Russian Roulette", The Debt Ceiling Is Unconstitutional / Politics / US Debt

By: Ellen_Brown

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe debt ceiling crisis can be averted by enforcing the Fourteenth Amendment, which mandates the government to pay its debts already incurred, including pensions.  That means Social Security, which IS an “entitlement,” in the original sense of the word.  We’re entitled to it because we’ve paid for it with taxes.   

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Politics

Sunday, July 31, 2011

After U.S. Debt Ceiling Agreement - What's Next? / Politics / US Debt

By: George_Maniere

           Before I begin I want to say to my readers that I believe our founding fathers believed that serving in the government was a privilege not a profession. Sadly, when I look at our government I see people in elected office that by any measure have no practical experiences in life. I look and see people that have groomed themselves for a life in the political arena and for the most part their careers have been carefully orchestrated to lead them down that path. As with any generalizations there are exceptions. I am sure that there are members of Congress that had a life in business before they ran for political office. I will use a random example of Speaker of the House John Boehner.

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Politics

Sunday, July 31, 2011

U.S. Debt Ceiling Politics of Default Hype, Fear Mongering and Idle Threats / Politics / US Debt

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn a nearly useless face-saving maneuver, House Speaker John Boehner managed to twist enough arms to narrowly pass his bill that was instantly rejected in the Senate.

Questions abound.

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Politics

Saturday, July 30, 2011

While Washington Fiddled The U.S. Economy Burned! / Politics / US Debt

By: Sy_Harding

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhile media focus has been almost entirely on the short-term debt ceiling foolishness in Washington, not much attention has been paid to the more serious worsening of the six-month recessionary trend in the economy.

Yet that information and how you handle it will almost surely have more influence on your well-being going forward than Washington’s short-term political game-playing.

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Interest-Rates

Saturday, July 30, 2011

United States Defaulted Long Ago, Approaching Final Collapse of our Credit Expansion Boom / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: James_Quinn

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article“There is no means of avoiding a final collapse of a boom brought about by credit expansion. The alternative is only whether the crisis should come sooner as a result of a voluntary abandonment of further credit expansion or later as a final and total catastrophe of the currency system involved.” – Ludwig von Mises

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Politics

Friday, July 29, 2011

USA AAA Credit Rating in Label Only / Politics / US Debt

By: Janet_Tavakoli

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSovereigns that bailed out banks are saddled with much greater government debt than before the crisis. In the spring of 2007, the Fed and the U.K.'s FSA reported that the degree of leverage in the global financial system was less than at the time of Long Term Capital Management, but in reality it was much greater. Global regulators are now repeating their mistakes. The risks in the interconnected global banking system have moved to currency trading and currency derivatives (remember the contribution of knock-in options to the 1995 currency crisis), leveraged loans, credit derivatives, market-linked derivatives, speculation in commodities, and both foreign and domestic government debt. Winston Churchill said we must alert somnolent authority to novel dangers; but our regulators are complacent, and the dangers are not novel.

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