Archive for the ‘Debt’ Category

“For the first time in decades, neither party is even giving lip-service to balancing the Federal budget anymore. They simply don’t care…. The thing that matters to policymakers is how much the debt costs to maintain, not how much it costs to repay. That’s why you haven’t heard anything about it…. This problem will get exponentially worse as interest rates rise. Meanwhile, the government continues to add insult to injury by borrowing even more.” -Justin Brill

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“You can almost always get a little boost by spending money you don’t have. But unless you’re investing in something that will make a profit, you’re just wasting time and money… and making the situation worse.” -Bill Bonner

“Washington’s $523 billion in debt service costs this year was the highest on record. That’s more than Belgium’s entire economic output (or GDP) this year.” -Chris Lowe

“This number (10-year treasury note) is probably the most important number in modern capitalism. It tells us the ‘risk-free’ price of money… which is to say, it tells us the cost of borrowing money, or more abstractly, the price of the future.

The more you borrow today, the more time you will have to take away from tomorrow to pay it back. Eventually, you run out of time… and out of luck.

To put that in more concrete (or wood and plastic) terms, the higher your mortgage rate… the longer you have to work to pay for your house.” -Bill Bonner

“The U.S. 10-year bond yield rose to a seven-year high of 3.24% – nearly 2% above its bottom in July 2016.

This 2% increase, imposed on $68 trillion of debt, is equal to an extra $1.3 trillion in interest charges….

To look at it another way, the typical working person who works an average of 33 hours per week earns $26 an hour. His percentage of the total debt is about $500,000.

At today’s interest rate, he will have to work 558 hours – or three and a half weeks (not including taxes) – just to keep up with the interest payments. Clearly, this is impossible…” -Bill Bonner

Lethal Debt

Posted: September 13, 2018 in Debt, Thought for the Day
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“Debt is dangerous for everyone, but it’s lethal for the not yet wealthy.” -Mark Ford

“According to data from Experian’s File One and Credit.com, Americans die with an average of $62,000 in debt… mortgage debt, credit card debt, auto loans, and more.

Some people think that when you die, your debt dies with you. But in most cases, that’s not true… That debt will need to be paid….

Creditors for secured debt – like mortgages – get first dibs on your estate. Once all that debt is paid off, anything remaining goes to unsecured debt… things like credit cards and medical bills.

Planning for your own death might be uncomfortable, but proper estate planning is important…. So make sure you’re thinking about everything you’ll leave behind… debts included.”

-Laura Bente