Friday, June 18, 2010

Complacency Regarding the U.S. Debt

Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan argues in today's Wall Street Journal that low interest rates and low inflation are fostering complacency with regard to the massive U.S. debt. We should not take comfort in the fact that global investors have flocked to the U.S. dollar as a safe haven in the wake of the debt problems in Europe. After all, U.S. debt levels as a percentage of GDP rival those in many European nations. Moreover, as Greenspan points out, the U.S. may face a sudden rise in interest rates if our debt levels persist, or worse yet, continue to grow unchecked. Greenspan reminds us that, "Long-term rate increases [in interest rates] can emerge with unexpected suddenness. Between early October 1979 and late February 1980, for example, the yield on the 10-year note rose almost four percentage points."

4 comments:

Mark said...

I agree with Greenspan(on this point only)

Krugman is just wrong on this

http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/2010/06/krugman-vs-greenspan-on-that-30s.html

krugman and his perversion of Keynesian economics has been a total FAIL-
When things don't work out we just didn't spend big enough- His writing on the 20 year Deflation in Japan for example.

佳梅 said...

你不能左右天氣,但你可以改變心情.............................................................

Jagadeesh Venugopal said...

The real solution to our debt problems will come when we acknowledge that (a) yes, some taxes have to go up and (b) yes, some entitlements have to be cut. Until then, we are living in a fantasy world of low taxes and high spending. Until the music stops.

麗芬 said...

這麼好的部落格,以後看不到怎麼辦啊!!......................................................................