Posts Tagged ‘ government debt ’

The world’s larges subprime debtor: The US government

September 25, 2014
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Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by David Howden  

"At the heart of the crisis of 2008 was a common cause acknowledged by almost all commentators. Borrowers now infamously known as 'subprime' (or more politely, 'non-prime') were the main reason behind the meltdown. As financial institutions extended loans to those with less than stable means to repay their debts, the foundation of the financial world was destabilized. Six years on and these subprime debtors are largely a relic of the past. That fact notwithstanding, there is a new threat lurking in the global financial arena. This one borrower is far larger than all the previous subprime characters combined, and poses a far more dangerous hazard to the financial stability of nearly all (if not all) of the world’s citizens. I am speaking, of course, of the United States government." (09/24/14)

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Government debt: US’s leading export?

September 4, 2014
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Campaign For Liberty Campaign For Liberty
by Norm Singleton  

"According to new figures from the Treasury Department, foreign holdings of US debt now exceed $6 trillion dollars. China is the leading holder of US debt, holding $1,268,400,000,000 at the end of June. ... The large amount of US debt held by China raises the question of what will happen if (when?) China -- and other foreign investors -- decide that US Treasuries are not such good investments after all." (09/02/14)

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Argentina regime bonds steady as investors brace for long fight

August 21, 2014
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Reuters    

"Argentina's latest debt swap proposal may have made resolution of its default mess an even more distant prospect, but the sovereign's bond prices still remain surprisingly robust. Indeed the latest gambit in the long-running Argentine saga -- a complicated swap that risks running afoul of US law and that most believe can't work -- has hardly hit prices at all. Argentina's dollar bonds dropped two points Wednesday when the debt swap plan was announced, but that was a far cry from the freefall that many in the market were expecting." (08/21/14)

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Report: Government accounting hides debt

August 7, 2014
posted by

Competitive Enterprise Institute Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Bill McMorris  

"Your state may not be as fiscally solvent as politicians have led you to believe, according to a new report. The Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI) released a report in July detailing the multi-trillion dollar gap in state pension funding that could soon render many states, including Illinois and California, insolvent. The report paints a dire picture of a relatively obscure political issue that has been decades in the making and could drive entire states into bankruptcy." (08/05/14)

http://cei.org/content/report-government-accounting-hides-debt  

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Vulture funds vs. Argentina

August 5, 2014
posted by

C4SS Center for a Stateless Society
by Alan Furth  

"Whenever vultures succeed in collecting the full value on defaulted government bonds, the ones who end up paying are, obviously, the taxpayers, the general citizenry of a given country. The local politicians who borrowed the money in the name of the people, obtaining enormous personal financial gains in process, won’t contribute to paying those debts any more than the regular Joe who does real work for a living. How can anyone in their right minds think that will discipline the political class into fiscal frugality of any kind?" (08/05/14)

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US politicians expect to borrow $192 billion in third quarter, $187 billion in fourth

August 4, 2014
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Washington Post    

"The U.S. Treasury Department has raised by $22 billion its estimate of what it needs to borrow in the third quarter to keep the government operating. Treasury said Monday that it expects to borrow $192 billion in the July-September period, up from an estimate of $170 billion announced in April. The borrowing increase is mainly due to the government taking in less in revenue than previously expected. Treasury also said it expects to borrow $187 billion in the fourth quarter of the year." (08/04/14)

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Argentina: Another Keynesian success story that wasn’t their fault

August 4, 2014
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Robert P. Murphy Mises Canada
by Robert P. Murphy  

"On July 30 S&P declared Argentina’s government technically in default on $13 billion of its sovereign bonds that were restructured after the government’s previous default back in 2002. Inasmuch as several of the world’s major Keynesian bloggers never tire of pointing out how great their 'model' of the economy has been performing, it’s worth reminding innocent readers of just how awful the Keynesian policy advice has been." (07/21/14)

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Argentina: Politicians default on debt, blame the US

July 31, 2014
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Los Angeles Times    

"Argentina's bonds and stocks fell sharply in trading Thursday as the country['s government] slid into default on its international debt for the second time in 13 years. As eleventh hour negotiations between government negotiators and 'vulture' funds holding bonds foundered Wednesday night, bond rater Standard & Poor's declared the country to be in 'selective default.'" (07/31/14)

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Understanding Argentina’s coming default

July 31, 2014
posted by

Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Nicolas Cachanosky  

"At the time of this writing, Argentina is a few days away from formally defaulting on its debts. How could this happen three times in just twenty-eight years?" (07/30/14)

http://mises.org/daily/6825/Understanding-Argentinas-Coming-Default  

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Argentina: Regime scrambles to avoid default as deadline looms

July 30, 2014
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Modesto Bee    

"Argentina officials met Tuesday with a mediator in New York in a last-ditch move to resolve a dispute with American creditors that has the South American nation on the brink of default, a development that would have dire consequences for the already struggling Argentine economy. Argentina has until midnight Wednesday to avoid default by paying holdout creditors, negotiating a settlement or receiving a stay, lending an air of urgency to the final hours of negotiations." (07/29/14)

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DC forgets about the debt

July 24, 2014
posted by

Michael D. Tanner Cato Institute
by Michael D. Tanner  

"Although it is expected to top $17.6 trillion by August 1, the national debt has dropped out of the headlines recently. Out of sight may indeed mean out of mind, especially in Washington, but that hardly means the problem has gone away -- as a new report from the Congressional Budget Office makes clear." (07/23/14)

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Argentina: Kirchner says government will not default

July 24, 2014
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ABC News    

"Argentina's president said Wednesday that her country will not go into default because it has been paying debts to bondholders on time. The government is in negotiations to resolve a dispute with creditors over $1.5 billion in unpaid debts that could lead Argentina to its second default in 13 years." (07/23/14)

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Let’s not pay our debts because … “I choose Argentina”

July 24, 2014
posted by

The Canal
by Belen Marty  

"I was taught that when someone asks to borrow money, it must be returned. Right? Is there anything different going on if the borrower is the state and not an individual?" [editor's note: Yes, there are two differences. The first difference is that the only way the state can pay back the money is to steal it. The second difference is that the lender knows this. If you want the loans you make repaid, don't knowingly loan to criminals. If you knowingly loan to criminals, don't whine afterward when the criminals act like criminals to your injury rather than to your profit - TLK] (07/23/14)

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CBO budget forecast? Debt, debt and more debt

July 17, 2014
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Bruce McQuain QandO
by Bruce McQuain  

"So much for 'and we'll save every family $2,500 a year on their health care insurance.' Costs aren't going anywhere but up. Of course, you can count on the propagandists to now claim they'll be going up slower than had they let the market work. As with most of the 'facts' these yahoos throw around, it will be a baseless claim meant to excuse their failure. And as the debt piles up even more, so does the amount of money it takes to pay the interest ..." (07/15/14)

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Understanding public pension debt

July 9, 2014
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Competitive Enterprise Institute Competitive Enterprise Institute
by Robert Sarvis  

"State government pension debt burdens labor markets and worsens the business climate. To get a clear picture of the extent of this effect around the nation, this paper amalgamates several estimates of states’ pension debts and ranks them from best to worst. Today, many states face budget crunches due to massive pension debts that have accumulated over the past two decades, often in the billions of dollars. There are several reasons for this." (07/09/14)

http://cei.org/content/understanding-public-pension-debt  

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Default deja vu for Argentina

June 30, 2014
posted by

The Canal
by Daniel Duarte  

"On Monday, June 30, Argentina will probably enter into technical default. Again. A New York judge ruled on Friday that the US$832 million payment to the country’s holders of restructured bonds due on Monday was illegal, since it did not include the $1.5 billion payment to the holdout 'vulture funds.' The future of Argentina’s financial credibility is still uncertain, as Cristina Kirchner’s administration stubbornly refuses to honor its commitments." [editor's note: Anyone who buys government debt is by definition a "vulture," and since repayment of that debt necessarily requires theft, Kirchner is (partially) doing the right thing for the wrong reasons - TLK] (06/30/14)

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Quit crying “vulture”: Argentina, you deserved this ruling

June 22, 2014
posted by

The Canal The Canal
by Nicolas Marquez  

"As if the discredited and dilapidated populist regime of Cristina Kirchner was in need of more bad news -- it is involved in scandals of destabilizing inflation and corruption -- now the US Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Argentina's bondholders. These creditors have been mislabeled 'vulture funds,' a pejorative nickname that the defaulting debtor uses to qualify those who justly and legitimately demand what is rightfully theirs." [editor's note: No sympathy for the Kirchner regime, but if you loan money to a criminal gang which can only repay it through theft, no, repayment is not "rightfully yours;" you're just a co-conspirator who got left holding the bag - TLK] (06/19/14)

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Argentina: Politicians’ default threat rises as regime says payment “impossible”

June 19, 2014
posted by

Latin Finance    

"Argentina advanced toward a new default on Wednesday, when its finance ministry said that US court decisions made it 'impossible' to meet its next interest payment. The US Supreme Court on Monday issued a decision upholding a lower court's ruling that Argentina must pay holdout creditors before servicing restructured debt from the country's 2002 default. The lower court's ruling took effect on Wednesday, when a 'stay' on its implementation -- to allow the higher court to consider accepting a review on the case -- was lifted. ... The sovereign has asked the holders of restructured bonds to swap the New York-law securities into new ones governed locally, to avoid a possible seizure of its funds. It says it does not have the money to comply fully with the order." (06/19/14)

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“Debts make free men slaves” — my two cents on national debt

June 19, 2014
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James Bovard JimBovard.com
by Jim Bovard  

"I was interviewed yesterday by Press TV on the record setting national debt. The old Roman saying in the headline for this blog occurred me to after the interview finished but oh bother. You can hear the early morning monologue by clicking here. And here are some outtakes from the interview ..." (06/18/14)

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Who benefits from deficit spending?

June 18, 2014
posted by

The Libertarian Enterprise
by Jim Carter  

"The government incurs a trillion dollar increase in the National Debt annually to spend money it does not have so congress-critters can fund pork barrel projects back home and get reelected. Is theft from the public by inflation (and perpetual interest paid on a loan that was not made and is impossible to pay off) for the 'freebies' the end of the scam?? Not hardly." (06/15/14)

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Argentina’s debt crisis and the gold clause cases

June 18, 2014
posted by

Bumper Hornberger Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G. Hornberger  

"Like many other governments around the world, including the governments of Greece and the United States, Argentina’s government went on big spending and borrowing sprees. Ultimately, the amount of the debt became so large -- some $95 billion -- that Argentina defaulted on its debt. Argentina offered the bondholders a settlement entailing payment of about 33 cents on the dollar. ... The U.S. courts have held Argentina to the terms of its debt contracts. When the Argentine government borrowed the money, the courts say, it made a promise to repay the amount borrowed plus interest. It should pay what it agreed to pay, the U.S. courts say. Unfortunately, however, the U.S. Supreme Court didn’t take the same position when it came to the U.S. monetary system." (06/17/14)

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SCOTUS rejects Argentina pols’ appeal on debt

June 17, 2014
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Yahoo! News    

"The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned away Argentina's appeal of lower court rulings ordering it to pay more than $1.3 billion to hedge funds that hold some of the country's defaulted bonds. The justices did not comment in leaving in place court rulings that Argentina says could threaten its economy if it has to pay off the old debt. The dispute stems from debt left unpaid when the Argentine economy crashed in 2001. Hedge funds led by billionaire Paul Singer's NML Capital Ltd. bought some of the unpaid debt and refused to accept bonds of lesser value in exchange for regular debt payments." (06/16/14)

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Tax reform is useless without spending reform

May 21, 2014
posted by

Ron Paul Campaign for Liberty
by Ron Paul  

"Recently, Republican leaders in Congress unveiled a 'tax reform' plan that they claimed would provide the American people with a simpler, fairer, and more efficient tax system. While this plan does lower some tax rates and contains some other changes that may make next April a little less painful for Americans, there is little in it to excite supporters of liberty." (05/19/14)

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Lysander Spooner on the national debt

May 7, 2014
posted by

Sheldon Richman Future of Freedom Foundation
by Sheldon Richman  

"When Spooner rips away the veil, we are left with the fact that a group of unknown profit-seeking principals authorized their agents to use the former's money in order to, among other things, extort a larger sum of money from a larger group of people who never consented to the arrangement in the first place. And it is all done, dishonestly, in the name of that larger group with the fraudulent words 'government of the people, by the people, for the people.' It's the greatest swindle ever perpetrated." (05/06/14)

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Greece: Samaras says regime won’t seek more bailout money

May 6, 2014
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New Orleans Times-Picayune    

"Greece's prime minister says the debt-strapped country will not ask for any additional bailout money and hopes to begin abolishing austerity taxes later this year. In an interview with private Antenna television, Antonis Samaras said Tuesday that Greece would not seek additional support beyond the 240 billion euros ($335 billion) already granted in bailout packages from other euro zone countries and the International Monetary Fund." (05/06/14)

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