Monday, November 8, 2010

Global Borrowing Boom Hits Your Wallet

The Wall Street Journal is reporting on the Number of the Week: $10.2 Trillion in Global Borrowing:
As the debts of advanced countries rise to levels not seen since the aftermath of World War II, it’s hard to know how much is too much. But it’s easy to see that the risk of serious financial trouble is growing.


In the U.S., domestic investors could pick up the slack. The Federal Reserve has committed to buy an added $600 billion in U.S. government debt over the next eight months. Demand from households has been very strong as U.S. consumers boost their savings rate. Tighter regulations could push banks to buy more safe assets such as U.S. Treasurys.
Got that? If things get really bad, the government will force banks to buy bonds with your savings. The country is in the very best of hands.

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