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  • Securing America’s Future Requires Political Courage Now

    By Russ Latino

    My son is five. He plays with Legos and digs old-school video games. My daughter is three. She likes dolls and is prone to uncontrollable giggling with no apparent provocation. Neither have much...

  • Deficit Hit $100 Billion in October

    By The Fiscal Times Staff

    The U.S. government spent $353 billion in October while revenues came in at $253 billion, producing a deficit of $100 billion. Receipts were 7 percent higher than a year ago, but spending was up 18...

  • Pelosi leads Democratic members of Congress in a rally at the U.S. Capitol in Washington

    What Should Democrats Do Now That They’ve Won the House?

    By Michael Rainey

    With Democrats winning control of the House Tuesday, political experts are lining up to give advice on what they should do with their new powers. While there’s little chance of enacting significant...

  • Laurence Fink, founder and chief executive officer of BlackRock, Inc. speaks during the Reuters Global Investment Outlook Summit in New York

    Two Wall Street Titans Warn About the Rising Risk of a Debt-Driven Crisis

    By The Fiscal Times Staff

    “[W]hen you have two of the most influential people in finance sounding the alarm over the same scenario, it’s probably time to start paying attention,” says Bloomberg’s Brian Chappatta . The two...

  • Visualizing the ‘Great Decoupling’

    By Michael Rainey

    The Washington Post’s Catherine Rampell asked economist and data visualization specialist Jonathan Schwabish of the Urban Institute to create a chart that shows how unusual the large and growing...

  • FILE PHOTO: Kudlow gives a press briefing at the White House in Washington

    As Deficit Soars, Trump Advisers Focus on Discretionary Spending Cuts

    National Security Adviser John Bolton, speaking Wednesday at an event hosted by the Alexander Hamilton Society in Washington, warned that the national debt is a societal threat with security...

  • Trump speaks upon departure from the White House in Washington

    Trump Says He'll Start Paying Down the Debt. Here’s Why That’s Not Likely

    By Michael Rainey

    In a somewhat surprising statement on fiscal policy, President Trump said Wednesday that the U.S. will start reducing its more than $21 trillion national debt. "We're going to start paying down debt...

  • Who Owns US Debt?

    By The Fiscal Times Staff

    At Bloomberg , bond strategist David Ader suggests that, while there are plenty of threats that could drive interest rates higher, the idea that foreigners are pulling back from U.S. debt isn’t one...

  • U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin in Washington, U.S., May 23, 2017. REUTERS/Jim Bourg

    US Treasury to Borrow More Than $1.3 Trillion in 2018

    By Michael Rainey

    The U.S. Treasury said Monday it expects to issue about $425 billion in debt this quarter, raising its 2018 borrowing to more than $1.3 trillion, a 145 percent increase from the $546 billion issued...

  • US Debt Issuance Headed for a Record High

    By Michael Rainey

    Bond traders expect the U.S. Treasury to announce record-setting debt sales at the end of the month, Bloomberg’s Liz McCormick says : “Many strategists at primary-dealer firms predict that the...

  • FILE PHOTO - Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, U.S., January 26, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

    Are the GOP Tax Cuts Spooking the Stock Market?

    By Michael Rainey

    After a prolonged and unprecedented period of stock market calm, investors are looking for someone or something to blame for the recent sharp drop in equities and Tuesday’s volatile swings. The...

  • The Return of the Bond Vigilante Argument

    By Michael Rainey

    As the fear of inflation rattles Wall Street, Politico asks if we’re seeing the return of the “bond vigilantes” — investors who drive up interest rates by selling bonds when they think inflation is...

  • Numbers of the Day: 665.75 and 2.852

    The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell almost 666 points, or about 2.5 percent, on Friday after the monthly payrolls reports showed employers added 200,000 jobs in January — and annual wage growth was...

  • A monitor shows the general index inside the Athens Stock Exchange February 9, 2015. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis

    New US Debt Could Push Interest Rates Higher

    As budget deficits rise this year and for the next several years thanks in part to the recently passed GOP tax cuts, the U.S. Treasury will have to ramp up its borrowing. A group of private banks...

  • Treasury Will Hit Debt Ceiling Sooner Than Expected

    By Michael Rainey

    Government funding isn’t the only important deadline that’s approaching rapidly. According to a report released by the Congressional Budget Office on Wednesday, the U.S. Treasury could run out of...

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