After normalizing post-COVID, the U.S. budget deficit is starting to turn up again. The 12-month trailing deficit was $1.62 trillion at the end of February, or around 6.14 percent of GDP. Good luck bringing inflation down to 2 percent, given those digits and trend. Moreover, financing the gaps during normal times without the Fed and a flight-to-quality bid for Treasury securities will be a challenge for the markets and will put upward pressure on interest rates.
The U.S. Deficit As the 15th Largest World Economy
For context, the current U.S. budget deficit in nominal dollar terms is larger than the economies (gross domestic products) of 178 of the 192 countries in the IMF WEO database. That is, the difference between what the U.S. government spends and takes in is greater in dollar terms than 93 percent of the world’s economies, or about the size of the Australian economy and more than 3x Ireland’s GDP, folks. Stunning.
Prepare to hear all about it as the debt ceiling debate heats up. Tax hikes or spending cuts to reduce the hole is the political question…or just ignore it and wait for the mother of all crises to wash ashore. Most likely, the latter.
After last September’s budget debacle in the U.K. and the resulting market turmoil, which ultimately forced the prime minister’s resignation, we now know deficits do matter.
Where are the World’s finest minds? They are certainly eschewing Banks and Banking, and are not obvious in our Fed. Reserve! And they are seldom seen in among our politicians. Will they arise in time to save what remains of our financial structures and
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