Posts Tagged ‘federal’

“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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“This paper has investigated the effect of government assistance on bank risk taking. While we do not find a significant effect of government assistance on the aggregate credit supply, our results suggest a considerable effect on the risk of originated loans.

After being approved for federal funds […] participants issue riskier loans and increase capital allocations to riskier, higher-yield securities, as compared to banks that were denied federal funds. [T]he net effect is a significant increase in systemic risk and the probability of distress at approved banks. Overall, our evidence is broadly consistent with the theories that predict an increase in risk taking incentives as a result of government protection.” -Journal of Financial Economics, Professors Ran Duchin and Denis Sosyura

“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