The U.S. Deficit/Debt Problem: A Longer-Run Perspective

by Daniel L. Thornton, Research, St. Louis Federal Reserve The U.S. national debt now exceeds 100 percent of gross domestic product. Given that a significant amount of this debt is the result of governmental efforts to mitigate the effects of the financial crisis, the recession, and the anemic recovery, it is tempting to think that …

Why Financial Repression Will Fail

The author – Ron Hera – argues that the financial repression will fail eventually. Financial repression occurs when governments channel funds into their own sovereign bonds in order to reduce debt levels through mechanisms such as directed lending, caps on interest rates, capital controls, debt monetization, or by other means. To establish his points, Mr. Hera catches readers’ attention towards “The Liquidation of Government Debt”, “Crisis and Consequence” and many other facts.

Spain and The Runaway Euro Bailout Train

By EconMatters Spain finally bowed to the rising interest rates and the billions of euros worth of bad loans at Spain’s regional governments to ask for a loan.  After emergency talks between Euro Zone finance ministers on Saturday, Spain will get up to $125 billion from the European Union (EU) to bail out its banking system.

Global Manufacturing Growth Shudders Towards A Halt

by Edward Hugh, Euro Watch This months manufacturing PMI data only confirm what several months of prior surveys (and now the latest US jobs report) have been telling us, namely that growth in the developed economies is getting scarcer and scarcer, and harder and harder to come by. Following a brief brief period of stabilization, …