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Category: US Debt

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Economics

Thursday, February 25, 2010

As Greece Goes, So Goes the U.S.? / Economics / US Debt

By: Paul_L_Kasriel

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleGreece hasn't gotten so much press since 146 B.C. when the Romans took over. Of late, Greece sneezes and investors think the U.S. is going to catch the swine flu. Of course, it is not just Greece. Greece is part of the EU and the EMU. So, it is thought that as goes Greece, so goes Europe. And then, the next step is that as goes Europe, so goes the U.S. But is Europe really where the action is with regard to U.S. economic growth?

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Politics

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

I Am Worried about the Government Debt My Descendants Will Inherit / Politics / US Debt

By: Paul_L_Kasriel

This is a common concern I hear from seniors and even some enlightened baby boomers. (Yes, Virginia, there actually are some enlightened baby boomers!) Is this a legitimate concern? You betcha. The chart below shows actual per-capita gross federal debt through 2009 and the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office's (CBO) projected per-capita federal debt thereafter through 2020. In 2009, each of us was responsible for $38, 651 dollars of gross federal debt.  By 2020, CBO projects each of us will be on the hook for $62, 808 of gross federal debt.

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Interest-Rates

Monday, February 22, 2010

U.S. Government Debt Crisis is Financial Armageddon / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Martin_D_Weiss

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIf you thought Wall Street’s debt crisis was traumatic, wait till you the see the consequences of Washington’s debt crisis!

Never before in history has a world power like the U.S. been so utterly buried in debt! And never before has that debt been financed so massively by foreign investors!

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Politics

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Miami's Municipal Woes (Again): Exiting Before the Tide Goes Out / Politics / US Debt

By: Fred_Sheehan

Miami's tradition of unruly official behavior is finally bringing painful consequences. After years of reckless financial management and a bribery scandal that produced federal charges against three top city officials, South Florida's largest city stands on the edge of bankruptcy."-Time, December 16, 1996, "Gloom Over Miami"

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Interest-Rates

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Niall Ferguson: A Greek Debt Crisis is Coming to America / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Trader_Mark

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOh that Niall!  Always stirring up trouble... Today might be the most entertaining set of posts I've ever put together - what a smorgasbord. Today we have an editorial in the Financial Times raising many of the same issues we speak out weekly in these virtual pages.  Don't forget your own homeland Mr. Ferguson; it's a mini US but without the reserve currency - this "grand experiment" of fighting debt with more debt should show up on your shores before ours.  The only thing that separates our 2 nations from the Greeks on a fiscal basis, is the printing press.  [Feb 5, 2010: Sovereign Risk Chart - Where Would the US Fit in, on Europe's Scale?]

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Politics

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Refuse to Pay Odious Government Debt Incurred to Finance Illegal Wars / Politics / US Debt

By: Washingtons_Blog

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIt Is the Personal Debt of Those Who Ordered It

There is an established legal principle that people should not have to repay their government's debt to the extent that it is incurred to launch aggressive wars or to oppress the people.

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Politics

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Solution to the Washington Debt Crisis Threat / Politics / US Debt

By: Ron_Holland

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFrédéric Bastiat must have been looking toward the future of the United States today when he said, "When plunder has become a way of life for a group of people living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it, and a moral code that glorifies it."

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

California Debt Crisis, Muni Bonds At Real Risk of Default / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Richard_Shaw

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleCalifornia’s finances are a mess.  Credit default swap rates put California among the top ten most likely to default among major governments worldwide.

If you are a California resident and think California can solve it’s own budget problems, or if you think the US government will bail them out, then you might want to own California municipal bonds for the best fit tax shelter and the higher nominal yield.  However, if you doubt either of those, you may be better off owning a national or non-California muni fund, and accept a less tax efficient holding with a somewhat lower nominal yield, but with superior credit quality.

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Stock-Markets

Sunday, February 07, 2010

U.S. Federal Deficit is the Biggest Threat to Investor Wealth! EVER! / Stock-Markets / US Debt

By: Martin_D_Weiss

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhile our federal deficit explodes and U.S. stocks sink, I’ve been actively meeting our readers on my personal blog to share ideas on how to build the optimal growth portfolio in trying times like these.

We’ve examined all five of the major asset classes — stocks, bonds, currencies, precious metals and commodities — to sort out which ones we believe will sink and which will surge going forward.

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Economics

Friday, February 05, 2010

No Easy Way Out From America's Debt Crisis / Economics / US Debt

By: Mike_Larson

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI just got back from my first lengthy vacation in years — to New York, London, and Paris. I enjoyed many fine meals and fun nights out with friends. I got to see everything from the Rosetta Stone and St. Paul’s Cathedral to the Mona Lisa and the Eiffel Tower.

The only real downside? The lousy January weather!

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Economics

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

U.S. on the Brink of Bankruptcy? / Economics / US Debt

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMartin Hutchinson writes: U.S. President Barack Obama's budget for 2011, presented on Monday, shows a deficit of $1.3 trillion for the fiscal year that ends that September. That shortfall is actually $287 billion more than the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) had projected less than a week earlier, when it had released a budget forecast of its own for that same fiscal year.

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Economics

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Global Insolvency, How will the U.S. Service its Debt? / Economics / US Debt

By: Bob_Chapman

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe recent election in Massachusetts of Republican Scott Brown to the Senate was a seminal event. It ended the Democratic administration’s ability to ram through legislation. It changed the game. The locomotive hit the bunter.

China saw the error of its ways in overstimulating its economy and halted bank lending. The Senate majority refusing to seat the new Senator Brown passed a tremendous increase in short-term government debt. Goldman Sachs and others thumbed their noses at the rest of America and distributed giant bonuses as the country wallowed in depression and 22.5% unemployment. Finally we have Paul Volcker proclaiming the end of too big to fail and stopping banks from trading their own accounts.

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Economics

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

U.S. Deepening Debt Crisis, Be Afraid of Bernanke Reappointment / Economics / US Debt

By: Michael_Hudson

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIf the economy deteriorates in the L-shaped “hockey-stick” rut that many economists forecast, what political price will President Obama and the Democrats pay for having returned the financial keys to the Bush Republican appointees who gave away the store in the first place? Reappointing Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke may end up injuring not only the economy but also the Democratic Party for years to come. Recognizing this, Republicans made populist points by opposing his reappointment during the Senate confirmation hearings last Thursday, January 27 – the day after Mr. Obama’s State of the Union address.

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Economics

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Marc Faber on Sovereign Debt Default Risks and the Real Value of Gold / Economics / US Debt

By: Submissions

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAlex talks with contrarian investment analyst and entrepreneur Marc Faber. Faber publishes the monthly investment newsletter The Gloom Boom & Doom Report. Marc Discusses Debt monetization to boost gold and emerging markets. Some economic recovery for next 3 months, but outlook beyond looks poor due to the large deficit which means higher interest rates.

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Politics

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Is a U.S. Debt Default Inevitable? / Politics / US Debt

By: Submissions

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticlePatrick J. Buchanan write: We were blindsided. We never saw it coming.

So said Goldman Sachs CEO Lloyd Blankfein of the financial crisis of 2008. He likened its probability to four hurricanes hitting the East Coast in a single season.

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Politics

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Municipal Meltdown: Teacher Pensions, Bondholder Coupons, Go to Court / Politics / US Debt

By: Submissions

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhile the Illinois Constitution protects vested pension benefits, that promise, like all the state's obligations, is only as good as its ability to pay." -Crain's Chicago Business

"Illinois Enters a State of Insolvency" cried a January 18, 2010 headline from Crain's Chicago Business: "As Illinois' fiscal crisis deepens, the word 'bankruptcy' is creeping more and more into the public discourse."

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Economics

Monday, January 25, 2010

U.S. Government On Its Way to Bankruptcy Part1 / Economics / US Debt

By: Michael_Pollaro

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe U.S. government is quite literally out of control.

I’m not talking about a government which shows an almost total disregard for the U.S. Constitution.  I’m not talking about elitist politicians in Congress who think they know what’s best for you, who think it’s their job to take care of you from cradle to grave, whether you like it or not.  I’m not even talking about an administration whose policies sometimes appear to have more in common with the command and control societies of Benito Mussolini or Karl Marx than they do with the freedom loving societies of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.

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Economics

Friday, January 22, 2010

Los Angeles Heading for Bankruptcy, Mayor Tries to Prevent Bond Market Panic / Economics / US Debt

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhen a politician says something is "not an option" that generally means it is (or soon will be). Sometimes it means it is all but certain. With that in mind, please consider Mayor Villaraigosa says no bankruptcy for the city.

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Economics

Friday, January 15, 2010

US Debt: Look At It This Way / Economics / US Debt

By: Adrian_Ash

Seven ways to put the United States' national debt into perspective...

The SHEER SIZE of the US government's debt hasn't put off new bond buyers so far in 2010.

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Economics

Friday, January 15, 2010

Ballooning U.S. Treasury Deficits, It Takes both Outlays and Receipts to Tango / Economics / US Debt

By: Paul_L_Kasriel

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOn Wednesday, the U.S. Treasury reported a record cumulative deficit over the 12 months ended December 2009 of $1.472 trillion (see Chart 1). Although the editorial board of the WSJ surely will rail against exploding federal spending, it will probably fail to mention another key driver of ballooning federal deficits - collapsing federal receipts.

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