Total US Government Debt Is $200 Trillion – Debt Clock Ticking To Next Crisis

– Too Many Trillions
– Rapid Maturity
– Leverage Plus Leverage
– Circling Vultures
– Total of U.S. Federal, State & City Debt Exceeds $200 Trillion Dollars

via Mauldin Economics

 

Rather go to bed without dinner than to rise in debt.

—Benjamin Franklin

What can be added to the happiness of a man who is in health, out of debt, and has a clear conscience?

—Adam Smith

There are no shortcuts when it comes to getting out of debt.

—Dave Ramsey

Modern slaves are not in chains, they are in debt.

—Anonymous

Debt isn’t always a form of slavery, but those old sayings didn’t come from nowhere. You can find hundreds of quotes on the Internet discussing the problems of debt. Debt traps borrowers, lenders, and innocent bystanders, too. If debt were a drug, we would demand it be outlawed.

The advantage of debt is it lets you bring the future into the present, buying things you couldn’t afford if you had to pay full price now. This can be good or bad, depending on what you buy. Going into debt for education that will raise your income, or for factory equipment that will increase your output, can be positive. Debt for a tropical vacation, probably not.

And that’s our core economic problem. The entire world went into debt for the equivalent of tropical vacations and, having now enjoyed them, realizes it must pay the bill. The resources to do so do not yet exist. So, in the time-honored tradition of lenders everywhere, we extend and pretend. But with our ability to pretend almost gone, we’re heading to the Great Reset.

I’ve been analogizing our fate to a train wreck you know is coming but are powerless to stop. You look away because watching the disaster hurts, but it happens anyway. That’s where we are, like it or not.

And we don’t even really like to talk about it in polite circles. In a private email conversation this week, which must remain anonymous, this pithy line jumped out at me:

The total of Federal (remember they do not use GAAP) debt, state debt, and city debt [unfunded liabilities included] exceeds $200 trillion dollars. There is no set of math that works to pay this off. Let me be sure it’s heard by repeating it: There is no set of math that works to pay this off. Therefore, there has to be some form of remediation. This conversation is uncomfortable, so it is avoided.

This is an excerpt. Full article is a must read and can be read on  Mauldin Economics

 

News and Commentary

Live Blog: Donald Trump-Kim Jong Un Summit in Singapore (Bloomberg)

Gold continues to struggle with $1,300 as key barrier holds action in place (FX Times)

Stocks creep higher, dollar retreats after U.S.- North Korea summit (Reuters)

Gold eases on firmer dollar; US-N.Korea summit, Fed meeting in focus (Economic Times)

Gold coins worth $155,000 discovered in abandoned house(News.com)

 

Will 2018 Be A Repeat of 2002 Tariffs? (First Macro Capital)

Debt Clock Ticking (Maldin Economics)

CNBC Poll: Gold amid rising geopolitical tensions. Buy or sell gold? (CNBC)

When Will Gold’s “Summer Doldrums” End? History Says Pretty Soon (Dollar Collapse)

Be Your Own Central Banker (Goldseek)

 

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Gold Prices (LBMA AM)

11 Jun: USD 1,296.05, GBP 969.32 & EUR 1,099.57 per ounce
08 Jun: USD 1,299.20, GBP 968.68 & EUR 1,103.93 per ounce
07 Jun: USD 1,298.30, GBP 963.86 & EUR 1,097.97 per ounce
06 Jun: USD 1,295.25, GBP 964.57 & EUR 1,101.48 per ounce
05 Jun: USD 1,292.25, GBP 966.73 & EUR 1,105.13 per ounce
04 Jun: USD 1,294.65, GBP 966.46 & EUR 1,103.82 per ounce
01 Jun: USD 1,299.15, GBP 976.83 & EUR 1,111.42 per ounce

Silver Prices (LBMA)

11 Jun: USD 16.76, GBP 12.55 & EUR 14.23 per ounce
08 Jun: USD 16.72, GBP 12.49 & EUR 14.25 per ounce
07 Jun: USD 16.74, GBP 12.44 & EUR 14.15 per ounce
06 Jun: USD 16.55, GBP 12.33 & EUR 14.06 per ounce
05 Jun: USD 16.39, GBP 12.26 & EUR 14.03 per ounce
04 Jun: USD 16.44, GBP 12.29 & EUR 14.03 per ounce
01 Jun: USD 16.42, GBP 12.32 & EUR 14.02 per ounce


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