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POSTED ON July 16, 2019  - POSTED IN Key Gold Headlines

US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said the Trump administration and congressional leaders are getting closer to a deal to raise the debt ceiling.

Meanwhile, the US budget deficit is has increased by 23.1% year-on-year through the first nine months of fiscal 2019.

Mnuchin wants Congress to go ahead and raise the debt ceiling before the August recess because analysts now think the government will hit its borrowing limit earlier than expected.

POSTED ON June 13, 2019  - POSTED IN Key Gold Headlines

If you were thinking federal government spending might slow down a bit after the national debt crossed the $22 trillion mark – well, it didn’t.

Last month, the federal budget deficit came in at $208 billion, according to Treasury Department data. It was the largest May deficit in history.

Uncle Sam spent $440 billion last month, up 21% year-on-year. Receipts increased to $232 billion, up 7% from May 2018.

POSTED ON April 25, 2019  - POSTED IN Key Gold Headlines

Month after month, the Trump administration runs multi-billion dollar deficits. The national debt has ballooned to over $22 trillion. According to the most recent Treasury Report, the US has a net worth of negative $21.5 trillion. And this understates the problem.

As Wolf Richter of WolfStreet puts it, the US government has “debt out the wazoo.”

Is this sustainable?

POSTED ON March 29, 2019  - POSTED IN Friday Gold Wrap

The federal government set an all-time record budget deficit in February. And this is with a Republican in the White House. The GOP is supposed to be the fiscally responsible party. In this episode of the Friday Gold Wrap, host Mike Maharrey offers some interesting analysis that reveals spending money in Washington DC is really a bipartisan sport. He also talks about Thursday’s selloff in gold and silver, explains why dollar strength is something of an illusion and illustrates how the way “the market” thinks is often pretty dumb.

POSTED ON February 13, 2019  - POSTED IN Key Gold Headlines

The national debt has pushed beyond the $22 trillion mark.

According to Treasury Department data released Tuesday, the national debt now stands at $22.01 trillion. When President Trump took office in January 2017, the debt was at $19.95 trillion. That’s a $2.06 trillion increase in the debt in just over two years. 

POSTED ON February 12, 2019  - POSTED IN Key Gold Headlines

As we pointed out in an article last week, the US federal government has added $1.5 trillion to the national debt over the last 12 months. As a result, the US Treasury Department is flooding the market with bonds. Meanwhile, the biggest buyers of US debt – China, Japan and the Federal Reserve – are shrinking their Treasury holdings. For the past several months, we’ve been saying this is a big problem for the US government that most people are overlooking. And we aren’t the only ones sounding warning bells.

Last week, the chair of the Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee (TBAC) sent a letter to Steven Mnuchin containing what the Financial Times called “a bombshell.”

POSTED ON December 27, 2018  - POSTED IN Key Gold Headlines

Between Christmas 2017 and Christmas 2018, the US government added a staggering $1,370,760,684,441.54 to the national debt, according to Treasury Department figures.

If you split that up between all American, your share of Uncle Sam’s 2018 spending spree comes to about $4,178.10.

Merry Christmas!

You’re welcome.

POSTED ON December 20, 2018  - POSTED IN Key Gold Headlines

China and Japan dumped more US Treasuries in October, even as the federal government continued to run up its debt.

Chinese holdings of US Treasuries dropped for the fifth straight month, sinking to the lowest level since May 2017, according to data recently released by the Treasury Department. The total amount of US debt held by China fell from $1.15 trillion to 1.14 trillion. Over the past year, the Chinese have shed $50 billion in US debt.

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