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Friday, March 15, 2013

Debt Is Piling Up Everywhere

Federal debt held by foreign and international investors as a percentage of GDP has risen above 35%.  This is 137% higher than 2006.  This staggering rise in debt relative to national income can't be a concern since the stock market is near all-time highs and retail sales growth was better than expected in February.

All kidding aside, this upward acceleration of debt means significant economic, financial, and social consequences ahead, and contrary to the headline hype, higher gold prices.

Chart:  Federal Debt Held by Foreign & International Investors As a % of GDP (FDHBFINGDPR) and the London P.M. Fixed Price of Gold (GOLD)


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