Debt & Deficits

U.S Likely to Hit the Financial Wall by 2017! Here’s Why (+4K Views)

The deficits aren't going to stop anytime soon. The debt mountain will keep growing...Obviously, the debt can't keep growing faster than the economy forever, but the people in charge do seem determined to find out just how far they can push things....The only way for the politicians to buy time will be through price inflation, to reduce the real burden of the debt, and whether they admit it or not, inflation is what they will be praying for....[and] the Federal Reserve will hear their prayer. When will the economy reach the wall toward which it is headed? Not soon, I believe, but in the meantime there will be plenty of excitement. [Let me explain what I expect to unfold.] Words: 1833

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Graham Summers: Collapse of Europe is Guaranteed! Here's Why

I continue to see articles in the media claiming that Europe's problems are solved. Either the folks writing these articles can't do simple math, or they don't bother actually reading any of the political news coming out of Europe [so let me present 3 data points that guarantee Europe will collapse at some point in the near future]. Words: 722

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Municipal Bankruptcy Crisis in U.S. to Have Dire National Consequences! Here's Why – and How

The plight of municipalities in the U.S., and their struggles under the weight of enormous pension budget deficits, are reaching the critical phase [with] many municipalities [now]contemplating bankruptcy. [That, in turn, is causing]... municipalities [to eliminate jobs (150,000 - 175,000 in 2012) providing significant headwinds to jobs growth nationally [which, in turn, will adversely affect] economic growth...[causing even] more municipalities to declare bankruptcy and [their] states, in turn, run to the Federal government for help. Words: 567

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Ongoing European Crisis to Result in Higher Inflation and Higher Gold Prices – Here’s Why (+2K Views)

On the surface things may appear to be calm, but I don’t think the European crisis is anywhere near its conclusion. Losses still have to be taken from Ireland, Spain, Portugal and possibly even Italy...There are a number of ways out of Europe’s problems. One of them is higher inflation...[which] is going to be very positive for gold... because the central banks will be under pressure to print

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U.S. "Deficit Disorder" Means Broken Promises + Even More QE! Here’s Why (+2K Views)

One of the problems with the debate over the “national debt” is that there’s no generally agreed upon definition of that term. Is it what the federal government owes, or what it owes foreigners, or what the whole country, private and public sector together, owes? Does it include off-balance-sheet items and contingent liabilities? There’s a hundred-trillion dollar gap between lowest and highest on this spectrum, which allows each commentator to confuse the rest of us by picking the measure that best suits their point of view. [Let's try to decipher the true state of the nation.] Words: 1468

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Statistics Canada: Typical Borrower Owes $115,000+, Albertans $158,000+, Home "Owners" $161,000+

StatsCan released a major report Friday that outlines the overall debt situation of Canadians... It only measured what is owed by Canadians who carry any form of debt, not those that are debt free, and according to the report, the typical borrower owed an average of $114,400 as of 2009. That number, however,...is almost certainly higher today due to...[the fact that] low lending rates have been at 1% since early 2008...More worrisome could be that two-thirds of all Canadians who carry debt owe more than the average. Words: 585

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Campbell's Critique of Meredith Whitney's Municipal Default Claims

Meredith Whitney has resurfaced on the subject of U.S. Municipal defaults stating that a "tidal wave" of defaults in the municipal bond market is still building and will eventually hit the United States [although her views are at odds with those of] Moody's Investors Service [who only see] a small but growing number of defaults. [Here is a critique of her latest views.] Words: 385

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Debt and the Santa Claus Principle (+2K Views)

"An essential point in the social philosophy of interventionism is the existence of an inexhaustible fund which can be squeezed forever. The whole system of interventionism collapses when this fountain is drained off: The Santa Claus principle liquidates itself." [This article discusses the reality of the current economic crisis and] what is required to revive the economy. Words: 1666

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