Federal Reserve holdings of US treasuries now exceed China’s, with the Fed owning $1,108 billion and China owning $896 billion, according to data released last Thursday. Japan holds another $877 billion. By June, according to one analyst, the Fed will have accumulated $1,600 billion in treasury issues, a number likely to match China’s and Japan’s combined holdings. Just how did the Fed come to own all these securities?
A recent Financial Times noted that the proposed overhaul of US financial rules threatens the credit ratings of Bank of America and Citibank. Standard & Poor’s, one of the world’s top two credit rating agencies, says that as proposed, the rules would make it less likely that the banks would be bailed out by taxpayers if the bank ran into trouble again.
In moves that should have surprised no one, last week Zimbabwe defaulted on debt repayments and the United States raised its debt ceiling limit to avoid defaulting. Zimbabwe owed Caledonia Mining a mere $3 million. Because the debt was in US dollars and could not be printed (at least not by the Zimbabwean central bank),
In announcing that Ben Bernanke would be reappointed to a second four-year term as Federal Reserve chairman, the White House admitted that the US debt situation continues to worsen. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says the US debt outlook is worse than what the White House says. The White House projected that over the next
Fed announces another $1 trillion to be printed; prices of gold and silver skyrocket.
Back on July 24, 2008, I penned a post titled The Sad History of Paper Money, in which I noted that money not redeemable in either gold or silver is printed until it is worthless. Now mises.org has posted an article titled The Insolvency of the Fed that starts Since August 15, 1971 the US dollar
As this is written, gold is trading at about $924 and silver $16.60, posting decades-high prices. Meanwhile, the dollar is suffering on the FOREX markets. Much of the blame for the dollar’s woes, and the reason for the metals’ climbs, is laid at the feet of the subprime lenders, the subprime mess having been spread
Most gold and silver investors are drawn to the metals because of concerns about the dollar. But, do most gold and silver investors know just how bad the financial situation really is for the United States government? Probably not, says David Walker, the Comptroller General of the United States and head of the General Accountability
As it is when a country is at war, other important matters go unnoticed. This is certainly true when it comes our federal government’s finances. Congress just passed a $2.9 trillion dollar budget plan for the fiscal year starting October 1, 2007. The bill is a blueprint for Congress to follow this year as it