A debt crisis occurs when a country is unable to repay its loans. Because it is overarching, a debt crisis is indicative of the overall heath of the national economy, international loans, and budgeting. When a country is faced with a debt crisis, it cannot pay off its financial obligations and must seek out assistance.
The United States faced a debt crisis on the heels of the housing market collapse and overall weakening economy. In December 2007, the U.S. entered into the Great Recession—and it lasted for 18 months. Over that time, the economy ground to a halt; businesses and individuals began to default on loans and banks saw their balance sheets shrink. To stave off further economic shock, banks made it more difficult to borrow, as cutting off liquidity means businesses cannot invest in growth and individuals cannot consumer.
To stave off an all-out economic collapse, the Federal Reserve stepped in with its first of three rounds of quantitative easing in November 2008. Since that time, the Federal Reserve has printed over $3.0 trillion and the U.S. national debt has soared from roughly $9.0 trillion to $18.0 trillion. The U.S. continues to run a budget deficit and does not expect to run a surplus until 2024; this means the U.S. debt crisis will not be under control for another decade.
Over the past few years, the U.S. national debt has increased drastically since the financial crisis. To give some perspective, since President Obama has taken office, U.S. public debt has jumped by $7.0 trillion. (Source: Committee Responsible Federal Budget, May 11.2015.)With stocks at an all-time high, people aren’t paying. Read More
With the U.S. government forecast to incur budget deficits year-over-year through to 2025, our rising national debt is turning into a debt crisis that will have long-term negative effects on our economy and currency valuation. In particular, two ticking debt time bombs are lurking nearby.Official National Debt Figures to 2025According. Read More
This past Friday, we got news of Greece’s debt extension. The headline at the Financial Post said it all: “Greece and its EU paymasters reach accord to keep bailout funds flowing for four months.” (Source: Financial Post, February 20, 2014.)With the news, the Dow Jones Industrial Average, which spent most of the day flat, jumped. Read More
I can’t say this often enough: the eurozone debt crisis is here to stay for a long time. The key stock indices might have given investors false hope, but we are still standing at square one of any economic recovery.Greece, which was at the epicenter of the eurozone debt crisis, may be required to issue Treasury bills to stay solvent. The. Read More
On the surface, today’s jobs market report looks good…195,000 jobs were created in the U.S. economy during the month of June, with the “official” unemployment rate for the month sitting at 7.6%, unchanged from May. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, July 5, 2013.)But look a little closer and this jobs market report is a catastrophe…. Read More