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Category: US Debt

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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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Interest-Rates

Thursday, December 31, 2009

U.S. Dollar and Treasury Bonds At Risk Following Fannie and Freddie Debt Monetization / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Jim_Willie_CB

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe background noise has been considerable. The US Congress, the august body that often passes legislation without reading it, evaluates a new initiative to reinstitute the Glass Steagall Act. Pass it, don't read it! Great idea! In the wisdom from post-Depression seven decades ago, the same Congress imposed firewall separation among the commercial banks, the brokerage houses, and the insurance firms in order to prevent systemic financial sector failure. That is precisely what happened in the last two years, without proper recognition or diagnosis, except by this and some analysts. Insolvent systems do not spring back to life with grandiose infusions of phony money and complete covers for fraud. They remain insolvent.

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Economics

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

United States Debt Ridden Road to Perdition / Economics / US Debt

By: James_Quinn

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleChristmas is a time when kids tell Santa what they want and adults pay for it. Deficits are when adults tell the government what they want - and their kids pay for it. - Richard Lamm

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Interest-Rates

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Bank of England Quantitative Easing Gilts Market Smoke and Mirrors Dangerous Game / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Bank of England's actions throughout 2008 and 2009 have shown that it's primary objective is to massage the UK Government Bond market. The evidence for this is in the fact that the vast majority of the £200 billion of Q,E, has been utilised for the purpose of monetizing government debt i.e. buying gilts to prevent Gilt auction failures and higher yields.

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Politics

Saturday, December 26, 2009

U.S. Congress Congress Increases Debt Limit To 24 Quadrillion Dollars / Politics / US Debt

By: Mike_Shedlock

Congress did not really increase the debt ceiling to $24 quadrillion but it may as well have. If every increase is a foregone conclusion, then it is a waste of time debating approvals.

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Interest-Rates

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Did the Fed Monetize by Stealth? / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Andrew_Butter

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThis is a chart of the Fed’s balance sheet that I lifted from an article by Tim
 Iacono: http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article15004.html.

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Interest-Rates

Monday, December 21, 2009

U.S. Debt Totals $133 Trillion, China Prime Beneficiary of Fed Money Printing / Interest-Rates / US Debt

By: Larry_Edelson

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLast week I suggested you to take some hefty profits off the table: Specifically, up to a 91.69% gain on the ProShares Ultra Real Estate ETF (URE), recommended in my June 29 column. That’s almost double your money if you acted on it, in a tad under six months. Not bad!

What’s more, it comes on top of six other recommendations I issued in this column — and closed out — since April, five of them with gains as high as 68.31%, and just one loser!

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Economics

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Obama Calls for More Leverage and More Debt On Path Towards Financial Ruin / Economics / US Debt

By: Bob_Chapman

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleCongressional appropriators agreed Tuesday night to give civilian federal employees a 2 percent pay increase -- which includes a locality pay increase President Obama didn't want.

Government workers will get a 1.5 percent nationwide increase in base pay and a 0.5 percent average increase in locality pay. The final agreement goes against the wishes of Obama, who called for a flat 2 percent jump and no locality increase.

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