Posts Tagged ‘national debt’

“Who did the most damage: Greenspan, Bernanke, or Yellen?…  When Mr. Greenspan took over at the Fed in August 1987, the government owed about $3 trillion… or about 40% of GDP.  Today, the national debt approaches $21 trillion – more than 100% of GDP.  Household and corporate debt levels have shown similar expansions. Overall, for the last 30 years, total (private and public) debt has grown about twice as fast as the economy that supports it….  And now, hundreds of millions of people depend on the EZ money economy created by Greenspan, Bernanke, and Yellen. Their jobs, their incomes, their investments, their retirements – all depend on keeping the fantasy alive.” -Bill Bonner

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  • Despite the long bull market, more Americans today have more debt than money in the bank than at any point since 1962, according to Deutsche Bank.
  • American household savings levels are at levels last seen in December 2007… right before the economy slipped into a recession that spurred the global financial crisis.
  • And total U.S. consumer debt – credit cards, auto loans, and student loans – just surged by the most in two years to $3.8 trillion.
  • And government debt is creeping toward a $1 trillion deficit per year. The national debt has topped $20 trillion.

 

If these folks can’t save or make their payments in a strong economy… how will they do it when interest rates go up and the next inevitable recession hits?

The answer is that they won’t.

-Steve Longenecker