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The greatest debt crisis the world has ever seen is coming

U.S. National Debt 2013

The largest mountain of debt in the history of the world just continues to grow even larger, and everyone knows that this colossal debt spiral is not going to end well.  But we all keep playing along because nobody wants the party to end.  Right now, there is an unprecedented …

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Obama to pay US debt with trillion-dollar coins?

Trillion dollar coin debt

With the fiscal cliff averted for now, it’ll be a few weeks until the debt ceiling debate is the next major money issue in Washington. Luckily, some economists say that crisis can be curbed as well, and all it will take is one very valuable coin. By February, the United …

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Global economic collapse for dummies

Forget the complicated flowcharts, scenarios, and government-banking-system reacharounds, the global economic collapse has never been so easy to comprehend… [youtube height=”400″ width=”550″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qoq9jIjpNM[/youtube]

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Why university is a scam: the college bubble

Many young college students, hoping to further their education, are deluded into accepting loans that they believe be can be payed once studies are completed and have received their degrees. This documentary explains how we are molded into an expectation of going through the grades of school, attending college and …

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How Puerto Rico can rebuild and become a powerhouse economy

How Puerto Rico can rebuild economy

After a particularly devastating hurricane season, Puerto Rico has an uncertain future. Already mismanaged and saddled with debt, the island territory now faces the virtually insurmountable task of rebuilding its infrastructure and economy. But amidst the rubble and heartache lies one of the greatest opportunities in the modern era not …

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Australia’s household debt-to-income ratio is at an all-time high

Australia household debt income ratio

The Bank for International Settlements has warned that record household debt levels amassed in the past decade have left Australians among the most vulnerable to a sharp rise in global interest rates. According to the Reserve Bank of Australia, household debt-to-income ratio for Australia is at an all-time high of 189%. …

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Central banks dump U.S. debt at record pace

Central banks dump US debt record pace

Global central banks are unloading America’s debt. In the first six months of this year, foreign central banks sold a net $192 billion of U.S. Treasury bonds, more than double the pace in the same period last year, when they sold $83 billion. China, Japan, France, Brazil and Colombia led …

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Italy’s public debt hits new record high

Italy's Finance Minister Pier Carlo Padoan

The amount of public debt racked up by the eurozone’s third largest economy reached a new record of €2.2 trillion in May, up by €23.4 billion in a month, the Bank of Italy said on Tuesday. The hike was attributed to increased Treasury liquidity, the fall in the euro and …

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Russia reduces US debt holdings by 40% over past year

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Russia held $66.5 billion in US treasury securities in April 2015, down from $116.4 billion in April the previous year. The amount of US government bonds held by Russia reduced by more than 40 percent in one year, according to figures released by the US Treasury on Monday. In April 2015, Russia held $66.5 billion in US government debt, down from …

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Australia joins list of nations selling bonds with negative yield

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Australia has this week joined the illustrious list of governments that have been able to borrow money at negative interest rates. The Australian Office of Financial Management, which manages the government’s debt programme, sold $200 million of inflation-linked bonds maturing in 2018 to 13 investors on Tuesday at a yield of …

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Obama lie #847: ‘There is no debt crisis’

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The United States is roughly $17 trillion in debt, but President Barack Obama says there’s no reason to worry. Speaking with ABC News correspondent George Stephanopoulos this week, Pres. Obama downplayed concerns of an impending financial catastrophe, claiming quite to the contrary that the country is on track to turning …

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This time had better be different: Australian Housing Prices and the Banks

In last week’s post I showed that there is a debt-financed, government-sponsored bubble in Australian house prices (click here and here for earlier installments on the same topic). This week I’ll consider what the bursting of this bubble could mean for the banks that have financed it. Figure 1 Betting the House For two decades after …

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US economy summed up in 9 charts

US economy in 9 charts

Some folks were peddling fiction… for everyone else, there’s this reality! No child (or student, or poor person, or grandchild, or debtholder, or healthy person, or retiree, or African American, or family, or homeowner, or renter) left behind untouched… Now that is a legacy. SOURCE

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Iceland sticks it to international bankers and writes off massive mortgage debt

Iceland

Iceland’s government has announced that it will be writing off up to 24,000 euros ($32,600) of every household’s mortgage, fulfilling its election promise, despite overwhelming criticism from international financial institutions. The measure was introduced by the country’s prime minister, Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson, the leader of the Progressive Party which won …

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UK banks won’t survive another recession

Bank of England London

Former Bank of England governor Mervyn King has warned that British banks are too weak to weather another financial crisis, adding that government officials haven’t “got to the heart” of what went wrong in 2008. Speaking to BBC Radio 4 on Monday, King criticised current measures being taken by the …

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Chilean activist sets fire to $500m worth of student debt documents

Francisco Tapia

Chilean activist and artist Francisco Tapia, also known as ‘Papas Fritas,’ has stolen and burnt $500 million worth of “pagares,” or debt papers. He then uploaded the video onto social media, claiming he had “freed” students by setting the papers alight. The artist made his claim in a video that …

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Why the hell is Belgium buying so much US debt?

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The tiny country of Belgium – my beloved hunting grounds for three years a while back – with a GDP of $484 billion, a country which you can cross by bicycle in a single day if you’re really fit, a country that became famous to the chagrin of some people …

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