The US is becoming the king of debt. It's a necessary risk (2022)

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New York (CNN Business)President Donald Trump is living up to his self-given nickname "King of Debt." On his watch, the United States has borrowed aggressively -- during the good times, and now the bad times.

Instead of whittling down the federal deficit when the economy was strong, Trump directed the federal government pile on even more debt to pay for massive tax cuts and spending surges.

That meant that the United States entered this crisis in rough financial shape. Debt-to-GDP stood at nearly 80% even before the coronavirus pandemic struck -- a rate more than twice as high as the historical average and double the level before the Great Recession.

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    Now, the national debt is exploding because Washington is being forced to rescue the US economy from its greatest shock ever. The Treasury Department said this week it will borrow $3 trillion this quarter alone. That's nearly six times the previous record, which was set in 2008.

      Still, while the national debt is scary -- it now stands at nearly $25 trillion -- now is not the time to cut back on the borrowing.

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          Economists agree that the United States must continue to rack up debt to prevent a full-blown depression. Otherwise, there won't be much of an economy left to repay the debt once the health crisis is over.

          Even deficit watchdogs are urging Uncle Sam to keep borrowing.

          "We made a huge mistake being so in debt when the economy was strong," Maya MacGuineas, president of the bipartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, told CNN Business. "But just because we were reckless and foolish going into the crisis, [that] doesn't mean we shouldn't borrow during it."

          Of course, there will be long-term consequences for the mountain of debt Washington is racking up. Eventually it will mean higher interest rates, hotter inflation and likely higher taxes.

          'Absolute necessity'

          But for now, the focus is on keeping American businesses and households afloat. In March, Congress passed a $2.3 trillion stimulus package, the largest in US history. Half a trillion dollars of forgivable loans have been handed out to small businesses. Direct payments were made to low- and middle-income families.

          The Congressional Budget Office expects the federal budget deficit will hit $3.7 trillion this year, up from an eye-popping $1 trillion in 2019.

          And more stimulus is likely coming, perhaps another $2 trillion later this year, to help out states and local governments battered by the crisis.

          All of this will add yet more debt to the pile. But there's no other viable option to stave off further crisis.

          "The fiscal stimulus and resulting explosion of the deficit is an absolute necessity to combat the devastating impact from the economic shutdown and to avoid a second depression," said Steven Oh, global head of credit and fixed income at PineBridge, an investment firm that manages $101 billion.

          Spiking deficits are also the result of a dramatic loss of tax revenue caused by the shutdown of businesses and 30 million Americans out of jobs.

          The federal deficit is expected to hit 18.4% of GDP in 2020 and decline only gradually over the next decade, according to Moody's Investors Service.

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          Powell: 'Not the time' to worry about debt

          Jerome Powell, the Federal Reserve chair, recently expressed regret about America's failure to get its debt situation under control years ago.

          "It tells you the importance of getting your fiscal house in order," Powell said during a press conference last week. "Ideally, you would go into an unexpected shock like this with a much stronger fiscal posture."

          Yet Powell urged politicians not to worry about that now. "This is not the time to let that concern, which is a very serious concern, get in the way of us winning this battle," he said.

          Worries about debt forced the United States to rein in spending shortly after the Great Recession a decade ago. Economists say that premature withdrawal of stimulus hobbled the economy.

          "The anemic recovery was a direct result of not enough fiscal stimulus," said Kristina Hooper, chief global market strategist at Invesco.

          The national debt has been on an unsustainable path for decades, in large part because of high entitlement spending on Social Security and Medicare.

          Before the pandemic, Moody's forecast US debt would hit 100% of GDP in 2030. Now, it expects debt to stand at 128% of GDP by then.

          Markets don't seem to mind, at least not yet

          The good news is that Uncle Sam is having no trouble, at least so far, with financing the deficit. The 10-year Treasury rate is near all-time low at just 0.7%. That signals investors don't fear the US debt situation is even near a breaking point.

          Markets aren't freaking out about US debt for a few reasons.

          First, this spending is temporary and emergency in nature.

          Second, the US dollar remains the preeminent international reserve currency and US Treasury market is the deepest and largest in the world. Those are huge advantages that keep demand strong for US debt.

          Third, it's extremely cheap to borrow right now. The Fed slashed interest rates to near-zero --and economists think they may stay there into 2022.

          "It doesn't blow us up -- because interest rates are so low," said David Kelly, chief global strategist at JPMorgan Funds.

          Rate hikes could set off a crisis

          But that equation would change, of course, if rates rose sharply. Given the sheer magnitude of the debt, even a tiny increase in interest is costly. Interest payments were the fastest-growing expense for the federal government even before the crisis.

          One risk is that a surprisingly strong rebound in the US economy forces the Fed to rapidly reverse course.

          "If the economy comes back too hot, then you could have inflation, higher interest rates -- and that could lead to a fiscal crisis," said JPMorgan's Kelly.

          That's exactly why some believe the Fed will be forced to keep rates at rock-bottom levels. "It will be that much harder this time to wean the economy off ultra-low rates because the debt is that much greater," said Invesco's Hooper.

          Higher taxes, less spending

          Still, it's a mystery when and if the bond market will eventually balk at high US debt and demand much higher interest rates.

          "The breaking point is like an invisible dog fence," said MacGuineas, the president of CRFB. "You don't know where it is, but if you actually hit it, it'll be a huge problem."

            To avoid hitting it, politicians will eventually have to make difficult decisions to get the United States back towards a sustainable fiscal path -- most likely less spending and higher taxes -- both of which would translate to slower economic growth.

            "If we live beyond our means today," JPMorgan's Kelly said, "we will have to live within our means in the future."

            FAQs

            Why is the US in so much debt? ›

            One of the main causes of the jump in public debt can be attributed to increased funding of programs and services during the COVID-19 pandemic. Intragovernmental debt has not increased by quite as much since it is primarily composed of debt owed on agencies' excess revenue invested with the Treasury.

            What would happen if US paid off debt? ›

            According to a report published by Moody's Analytics, the US GDP would decline, approximately 6 million jobs would be lost and the unemployment rate would increase dramatically. And, just as significantly, the country's track record, at least as far as paying its debts is concerned, would be irrevocably stained.

            How can we solve the national debt? ›

            Stabilize federal debt below 60 percent of GDP. Raise revenues to 21 percent of GDP by eliminating many deductions, exclusions, preferences, and credits. Reduce spending to 23 percent of GDP. Freeze domestic discretionary and defense spending.

            Is US debt a problem? ›

            High debt levels: Threaten economic vitality: The recent surge in deficit spending has contributed to rapid near-term inflation and over time will result in higher interest rates, slower economic and income growth, and a small but increased risk of fiscal crisis.

            Can the US ever pay off its debt? ›

            Can the U.S. Pay Off its Debt? As budget deficits are one of the factors that contribute to the national debt, the U.S. can take measures to pay off its debt through budget surpluses. The last time that the U.S. held a budget surplus was in 2001.

            Who owns the most U.S. debt? ›

            The public holds over $24 trillion of the national debt1 Foreign governments hold a large portion of the public debt, while the rest is owned by U.S. banks and investors, the Federal Reserve, state and local governments, mutual funds, pensions funds, insurance companies, and holders of savings bonds.

            Which country has the most debt? ›

            Japan, with its population of 127,185,332, has the highest national debt in the world at 234.18% of its GDP, followed by Greece at 181.78%.
            ...
            Debt to GDP Ratio by Country 2022.
            NameNational Debt to GDP RatioPopulation
            Lebanon171.11%5,489,739
            Italy134.14%59,037,474
            Singapore128.20%5,975,689
            Cape Verde124.92%593,149
            151 more rows

            When was the last time America was debt free? ›

            On January 8, 1835, president Andrew Jackson paid off the entire national debt, the only time in U.S. history that has been accomplished. However, this and other factors, such as the government giving surplus money to state banks, soon led to the Panic of 1837, in which the government had to resume borrowing money.

            What happens if a country has too much debt? ›

            High sovereign debt levels are associated with slower economic growth and rising default risk. Government borrowers able to issue bonds in their own country's currency are less likely to default.

            What happens if a country Cannot pay its debt? ›

            Sovereign default is the failure by a country's government to pay its debt. Sovereign default may slow economic growth and is likely to bar further government borrowing from overseas investors for years. Wars and revolutions, mismanagement, and political corruption are among the leading causes of sovereign default.

            Who does us borrow money from? ›

            Foreign governments who have purchased U.S. treasuries include China, Japan, Brazil, Ireland, the U.K. and others. China represents 29 percent of all treasuries issued to other countries, which corresponds to $1.18 trillion. Japan holds the equivalent of $1.03 trillion in treasuries.

            Why should we pay off the national debt? ›

            A nation saddled with debt will have less to invest in its own future. Rising debt means fewer economic opportunities for Americans. Rising debt reduces business investment and slows economic growth. It also increases expectations of higher rates of inflation and erosion of confidence in the U.S. dollar.

            What is expected to happen to the US debt in the future? ›

            Federal debt measured relative to the size of the economy is projected to dip over the next two years and then to rise each year through 2032.

            What is the US debt right now? ›

            What is the current U.S. National Debt amount? The current U.S. debt is $23.3 trillions as of February 2020.

            What percentage of America is debt free? ›

            What percentage of America is debt-free? According to that same Experian study, less than 25% of American households are debt-free. This figure may be small for a variety of reasons, particularly because of the high number of home mortgages and auto loans many Americans have.

            Who is the world in debt to? ›

            Global debt is borrowing by governments, businesses and people, and it's at dangerously high levels. In 2021, global debt reached a record $303 trillion, according to the Institute of International Finance, a global financial industry association.

            What happens if the US goes into default? ›

            The U.S. dollar is also the world's premier reserve currency. A default would send shock waves through global financial markets and would likely cause credit markets worldwide to freeze up and stock markets to plunge. Employers around the world would likely have to begin laying off workers.

            How long has the US been in debt? ›

            The U.S. has had debt since its inception. Our records show that debts incurred during the American Revolutionary War amounted to $75,463,476.52 by January 1, 1791. Over the following 45 years, the debt grew. Notably, the public debt actually shrank to zero by January 1835, under President Andrew Jackson.

            Who owes the United States the most money? ›

            Top Foreign Owners of US National Debt
            • Japan. $1,212.8. 17.01%
            • China. $980.8. 13.76%
            • United Kingdom. $634. 8.89%
            • Switzerland. $294.1. 4.13%
            • Cayman Islands. $293.2. 4.11%

            What country owes us money? ›

            It's not just the amount of money that America owes that has her citizens so concerned, either.
            ...
            Debts and Debtors of the US Government.
            Country NameValue of Holdings (Billions of $)
            Total6,003.9
            All Other (Place this on the United States itself)482.5
            Japan1,090.8
            Mainland China1,058.4
            31 more rows

            Who has more debt US or China? ›

            Get ready for this statistic – China owns 981 billion dollars in U.S debt. That means we owe China nearly a trillion dollars! But wait, let us explain. While this number may seem large, the total amount of U.S Treasuries outstanding is more than 30 trillion dollars.

            What countries are debt free? ›

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            The 20 countries with the lowest national debt in 2021 in relation to gross domestic product (GDP)
            CharacteristicNational debt in relation to GDP
            Hong Kong SAR2.17%
            Tuvalu6.02%
            Kuwait8.71%
            Timor-Leste9.86%
            9 more rows

            Is there any country without debt? ›

            1. Hong Kong —0.1%. Hong Kong's market-driven economy is characterised by a lucrative financial banking sector, well-regulated financial controls, large foreign exchange reserves, and virtually no public debt.

            Which country owes China the most money? ›

            The countries with the biggest debt burdens in relative terms were Djibouti and Angola, where debt to China exceeded 40% of gross national income, an indicator similar to GDP but also including income from overseas sources.

            When did the US pay off the entire national debt? ›

            On January 8, 1835, President Andrew Jackson achieves his goal of entirely paying off the United States' national debt. It was the only time in U.S. history that the national debt stood at zero, and it precipitated one of the worst financial crises in American history.

            Is debt good for the economy? ›

            Debt is good - for both personal finance and U.S. economic growth. Moreover, there is really no such entity as “bad debt.” Esteemed financial expert, Paul Krugman, went on record in The New York Times declaring that what nations need are larger deficits.

            How much debt is good for a country? ›

            This act states that the government should maintain a debt-to-GDP ratio at 60% except in extreme situations.

            What countries does America owe? ›

            Foreign holders of United States treasury debt

            Of the total 7.42 trillion held by foreign countries, Japan and Mainland China held the greatest portions. China held 980.8 billion U.S. dollars in U.S. securities. Japan held 1.21 trillion U.S. dollars worth.

            Is Russia defaulting on debt? ›

            Russia defaulted on part of its foreign currency denominated debt on June 27, 2022 (because the money got stuck in the Euroclear), its first such default since 1918 (in 1998 it was ruble-denominated bonds).

            How do countries get in debt? ›

            A country's gross government debt (also called public debt, or sovereign debt) is the financial liabilities of the government sector. Changes in government debt over time reflect primarily borrowing due to past government deficits. A deficit occurs when a government's expenditures exceed revenues.

            Does the U.S. owe Russia money? ›

            Russia is teetering on the edge of a possible sovereign debt default, and the first sign could come as soon as Wednesday. The Russian government owes about $40 billion in debt denominated in U.S. dollars and euros, and half of those bonds are owned by foreign investors.

            How much US debt does Russia own? ›

            The value of U.S. Treasury securities held by residents of Russia amounted to approximately two billion U.S. dollars in June 2022, remaining on nearly the same level as in the previous month.

            How much is US debt to China? ›

            China has steadily accumulated U.S. Treasury securities over the last few decades. As of October 2021, the Asian nation owns $1.065 trillion, or about 3.68%, of the $28.9 trillion U.S. national debt, which is more than any other foreign country except Japan.

            How does national debt affect citizens? ›

            The National Debt Affects Everyone

            This reduces the amount of tax revenue available to spend on other governmental services because more tax revenue will have to be paid out as interest on the national debt.

            What does America being in debt mean? ›

            The national debt is the sum of a nation's annual budget deficits, offset by any surpluses. A deficit occurs when the government spends more than it raises in revenue. To finance the deficit, the government borrows money by selling debt obligations to investors.

            What are the consequences of the U.S. being in such extreme debt? ›

            The four main consequences are: Lower national savings and income. Higher interest payments, leading to large tax hikes and spending cuts. Decreased ability to respond to problems.

            What is considered living paycheck to paycheck? ›

            Living paycheck to paycheck isn't easy. It means using up all your paycheck until the next one arrives. This leaves little to no room for surprise expenses, such as accidents, medical emergencies and other surprise fees that can put your bank account in the red.

            How can I live on cash only? ›

            6 Tips for Moving to a Cash-Only Lifestyle
            1. Use the "Envelope System" ...
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            How much is US debt per person? ›

            Basic Info. US Public Debt Per Capita is at a current level of 91.79K, up from 91.35K last month and up from 85.91K one year ago.

            Who does the US owe money to? ›

            States and local governments hold 5 percent of the debt. Foreign governments who have purchased U.S. treasuries include China, Japan, Brazil, Ireland, the U.K. and others.

            What country is in most debt? ›

            Japan, with its population of 127,185,332, has the highest national debt in the world at 234.18% of its GDP, followed by Greece at 181.78%.
            ...
            Debt to GDP Ratio by Country 2022.
            NameNational Debt to GDP RatioPopulation
            Portugal116.61%10,270,865
            Angola113.55%35,588,987
            United States108.80%338,289,857
            Bhutan106.49%782,455
            151 more rows

            Does China have more debt than us? ›

            While this number may seem large, the total amount of U.S Treasuries outstanding is more than 30 trillion dollars. And, China isn't even the largest foreign holder of American debt.

            What President paid off the national debt? ›

            On January 8, 1835, president Andrew Jackson paid off the entire national debt, the only time in U.S. history that has been accomplished. However, this and other factors, such as the government giving surplus money to state banks, soon led to the Panic of 1837, in which the government had to resume borrowing money.

            What country owes U.S. the most money? ›

            Even though Japan holds the biggest amount of U.S. debt, the U.S. is also owed a lot of money by them too. Debts and investments are reciprocal relationships.
            ...
            Debts and Debtors of the US Government.
            Country NameValue of U.S. Holdings (Billions of $)
            Total9,454.8
            All Other (Place this on the United States itself)612.4
            33 more rows

            Who owes the U.S. the most amount of money? ›

            Top Foreign Owners of US National Debt
            • Japan. $1,212.8. 17.01%
            • China. $980.8. 13.76%
            • United Kingdom. $634. 8.89%
            • Switzerland. $294.1. 4.13%
            • Cayman Islands. $293.2. 4.11%

            What is the U.S. debt right now? ›

            What is the current U.S. National Debt amount? The current U.S. debt is $23.3 trillions as of February 2020.

            Which country have no debt? ›

            There are countries such as Jersey and Guernsey which have no national debt, so the pay no interest. All this started with the Napoleonic wars when the government borrowed money to fund the war.

            Is there any country without debt? ›

            1. Hong Kong —0.1%. Hong Kong's market-driven economy is characterised by a lucrative financial banking sector, well-regulated financial controls, large foreign exchange reserves, and virtually no public debt.

            Who owns US debt by country? ›

            Major foreign holders of U.S. treasury securities as of May 2022 (in billion U.S. dollars)
            CharacteristicSecurities in billion U.S. dollars
            China, Mainland980.8
            United Kingdom634
            Switzerland294.1
            Cayman Islands293.2
            9 more rows
            2 Aug 2022

            What if China dumps US debt? ›

            For the US, if foreign investors continue dumping US Treasury debt, it will increase the cost of borrowing for the US government, push up the financing cost of US consumers and enterprises, and weaken the prospects of an economic recovery, Zhou said.

            Which country owes China the most money? ›

            The countries with the biggest debt burdens in relative terms were Djibouti and Angola, where debt to China exceeded 40% of gross national income, an indicator similar to GDP but also including income from overseas sources.

            How much of U.S. does China own? ›

            China has steadily accumulated U.S. Treasury securities over the last few decades. As of October 2021, the Asian nation owns $1.065 trillion, or about 3.68%, of the $28.9 trillion U.S. national debt, which is more than any other foreign country except Japan.

            When was the last year the US had no debt? ›

            As a result, the U.S. actually did become debt free, for the first and only time, at the beginning of 1835 and stayed that way until 1837. It remains the only time that a major country was without debt.

            When was the last time the United States did not have a deficit? ›

            U.S. Deficit by Year

            Since 2001, the federal government's budget has run a deficit each year. Starting in 2016, increases in spending on Social Security, health care, and interest on federal debt have outpaced the growth of federal revenue.

            Why is national debt a problem? ›

            A nation saddled with debt will have less to invest in its own future. Rising debt means fewer economic opportunities for Americans. Rising debt reduces business investment and slows economic growth. It also increases expectations of higher rates of inflation and erosion of confidence in the U.S. dollar.

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