Posts Tagged ‘debts’

“In the United States neither paper currency nor deposits have value as commodities.  Intrinsically, a dollar bill is just a piece of paper….  What, then, makes these instruments…acceptable at face value in payment of all debts and for other monetary uses?  Mainly, it is the confidence people have that they will be able to exchange such money for other financial assets and for real goods and services whenever they choose to do so.  Money, like anything else, derives its value from its scarcity in relation to its usefulness….  Money’s usefulness is its unique ability to command other goods and services and to permit a holder to be constantly ready to do so.” -Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

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“At more than $1.4 trillion in loans outstanding, student loan debt is nearly four times bigger than all the debts of Greece.  And it’s still growing at nearly 20% a year… multiple times faster than the official rate of inflation.  Worse, the government’s own data has showed as much as 30% of this debt – nearly one out of every three loans – isn’t being paid or is already in default….

At more than 1,000 schools – representing about one-quarter of all U.S. colleges and trade schools – more than half of students have already defaulted or failed to pay even one dollar toward these loans within seven years of leaving school.  Across all schools, the data show as many as 40% of borrowers haven’t paid a single dollar toward these loans within seven years.  Looking at just the past three years, this number jumps to more than half – 54% – suggesting this problem is only getting worse, not better.

In other words, according to the government’s own data, at least 40% of this debt – representing more than $500 BILLION that has been packaged up, ‘securitized’, and sold to investors as ‘money good’ – will likely never be paid back at all.” -Porter Stansberry

Debt Chain

Posted: February 12, 2016 in Debt
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“Far, far, far too much money – mind-boggling amounts – has been borrowed by people and countries that are not creditworthy.  These debts are going bad.  The chain reaction is starting.  And nobody knows exactly what will happen next because the world has never seen so much bad debt before.” -Porter Stansberry

The situation in auto loans is dangerous.  But the situation developing in student loans is much worse.  Here, loan totals have grown enormously – with wild abandon – over the past decade.  The total amount of student loans has doubled since 2009, to more than $1.3 trillion.  And why shouldn’t students borrow money like mad?  Much like subprime car buyers, they have no intention to ever pay it back….  The U.S. Department of Education reports that 51% of students are currently not servicing their debts.  That’s from data compiled last year.  Since then, the number of students getting deferments has soared, thanks to aggressive marketing of Obama’s various college-loan programs.  Not surprisingly, students who take deferments are much more likely to eventually default.” -Porter Stansberry

“Americans owe more money, collectively, than ever before in our history – far, far, far more. We owe at every level: $17 trillion at the federal level; $13 trillion in mortgages; another trillion in student loans; nearly $3 trillion in state and local government debt. Put all of these numbers together and you end up with a $60 trillion pile of obligations. That’s nearly four years’ worth of our entire country’s total production….  We have collectively become addicted to living way, way beyond our means.  My favorite example about how absurd our debts have become? The state of New Jersey still owes $110 million for a football stadium (Giants Stadium) that was demolished in 2010. It won’t retire this debt until 2025….  Keeping this lie alive… the lie that we can afford our debts (or even our defunct stadiums)… has become the most important national goal.”  -S & A Digest   June 15, 2013