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An obligation to pay another party at some point in the future. Examples include national debt, corporate bonds, and household credit.

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How do the Government, Firms and the Foreign sector pay their debts in this circular flow of income?

Here is a circular flow of income that I took from Krugman's macroenomics textbook. Please notice, in this diagram households just give their savings to banks (which are part of the financial sector) ...
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Why does the Loanable Funds Market model use the real interest rate instead of the nominal interest rate?

As far as I understand, the majority of loan contracts specify a nominal interest rate, NOT a real interest rate. So a hypothetical loanable funds markets would have people suggesting potential ...
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Statistics of links between public debt and recessions

When the debt of a country gets above a certain level, is there a bigger chance for an economic crisis, recession or even civil unrest? I know things are different today. But did anyone bother to ...
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Why do banks take deposits if they do not need them to make loans?

I have taken some economics courses in university, where I was introduced to fractional-reserve banking. From my understanding, in fractional-reserve banking, the bank has motivation to encourage ...
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Why don't governments exploit negative interest rates more than they currently do?

At the moment many governments, such as Finland's, are able to borrow money at negative interest rates. My question is: why don't they borrow as much money as possible while interest rates are ...
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Currency Devaluation - As a Means of Paying Off Debt

From https://www.sapling.com/8117368/debt-handled-currency-devaluation: Currency devaluation will not only affect consumer debts, but it will affect how a country pays back its national debt. If a ...
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How can increasing debt boost potential returns?

May 26 2020. Why Even Carl Icahn Couldn't Save Hertz From Chapter 11 - Bloomberg Hertz’s debt binge began when it was acquired by private equity firms from Ford Motor Co. in 2005; the new owners ...
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Why might it make sense to buy bonds in a company facing restructuring?

In this video, Sal Khan states, "If you really thought that Lehman Brothers in the long term was going to come back, what you might want to do is somehow try to become one of its bondholders, and ...
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Biggest foreign owners of China debt?

It is already known that China and Japan are the biggest owners of US debt - about one trillion dollars each. But who are the biggest owners of China debt? I mean the foreign owners.
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Does China issue treasury bonds too?

The USA is issuing a lot of treasury bonds and investors are buying it. But does China issue such bonds too? If yes, then how many such bonds did they issued and who are the largest owners of those ...
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Printing Money vs. Issuing International Bonds

I'm reading Niall Ferguson's The Ascent of Money and I had a question about the economic difference between printing money vs. selling bonds to foreign entities. At one point in the book, the author ...
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Why did Germany use hyperinflation to free itself from an external debt?

Im reading about how Germany used almost any solution To free itself from its WWI debt: hyperinflation, calculating payments on the basis of the economy's potential, rescheduling annuities and finally ...
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Why would non-investment grade debt be issued at the investment-grade debt market?

Newsweek quoted Bentley University Prof. David Gulley Ph.D., Univ of Kentucky-Lexington, 1990 M.A., University of Kentucky, 1989 B.A., Alma College, 1986 A \$10 Trillion Corporate Debt Bomb Is ...
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Contribution by each factor

Must admit it has been many years since I have done advanced calculations or anything remotely like it, so please bear with me. I have problem that I hope to get some help with. Say I have below ...
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What are the uses of overnight loans?

As far as I understand an overnight loan is a loan that is settled the next day. Who are the entities that would find it useful to take a loan just for a day? and, what would they use an overnight ...
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Are government bonds internal or external debt?

I was watching this video and since it's a bit oversimplified I wanted more information. I was curious because internal debt is in the local currency from local lenders, while external debt is in a ...
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What does the Fed do with their profits?

As far as I understand the system the Fed prints money which it then uses to buy bonds. Bonds are basically statements of debt meaning that the Fed receives interest from the parties it has bought the ...
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Which is safer in the long-term, diffuse debt or concentrated debt?

I want to deepen my understanding of risks as posed by debt burdens among actors of an economy. After some literature review, it seems the matter is nuanced; points can be made for both sides. I'll ...
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Does the government ever pay back its debt from the OMO to the Fed? [closed]

I'm getting confused about how exactly does money being created by the Fed. From investopidia.com: ...
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How can people save in a equilibrium economy?

Two people on a desert island: John produces 100kg potatoes and sells them to Paul for \$100. Paul catches 100kg fish and sells it to John for \$100. GDP is \$200\$, right? Next year, they improve ...
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How can we get negative **real** interest rate?

According to Fisher's equation, Real interest rate=Nominal interest rate - expected inflation rate So, how can we get negative real interest rate? I'm in doubts. On one hand, purely from algebraic ...
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How can a sovereign debt ratio be high, but debt-servicing ratio be low?

I'm quoting this May 22 2020 interview with NYU Stern Prof. Nouriel Roubini. In other words, you’re saying that because of structural weaknesses in the economy, even modest inflation would be crisis-...
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What Level of Government Debt to GDP Ratio is Sustainable?

I was reading that Japan has a debt to gdp ratio of 240pc and I cannot understand why this has not left the country "bankrupt"? From looking at this like an ordinary person this level would be ...
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Is there unnecessary duplication for borrowing in this circular flow of income diagram?

Here is a circular flow of income that I took from Krugman's macroenomics textbook. We can see that when firms want to borrow they can go to the financial sector and borrow savings of national and ...
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Is it possible to repay the world debt? If not, why do we care?

Let me apologize if my questions sound stupid to experts. I have no training in economics. I am just curious and puzzled. I couldn't find any answer to the questions below. As far as I have ...
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What happens to a country with lot of debt?

As far as I know, debt is a way to get hands on extra money which will burden the future governments. What if every successive government keeps adding to the national debt? Isn't it like free money? ...
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If I don't pay a debt, then the creditor takes my goods. Why, then, do Greek creditors not take Greece?

Normally, when you don't pay a debt, your creditors take your goods (house, car, etc). If Greece cannot pay its debt, can its creditors take Greek goods (structures, cities, industries, lands, etc)? ...
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Why would China and Russia selling the US' debt ruin the economy?

I was listening to an interview with David Harvey and he mentioned that if Russia and China were to sell the debt owed to them by the US, the US economy would take a serious dive. How would they sell ...
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Are there any states that don't have debt?

I've not been able to find any states that don't have debt to other states. This, to me at least, seems really strange. Are there any nation states that are not in debt to other states, if so which ...
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Why do indebted governments fear deflation?

It's widely accepted among people who follow finance that various governments around the world, including the US government, are doing (or their central banks are doing) everything possible to keep ...
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When a country adopts the Euro, what happens to its debt?

When a country, say Greece, adopted the Euro as its currency, what happened to the debt that was based on the Drachma? Was it converted into Euros?
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What would happen if China called in its debt?

I was talking with a friend of mine the other day about Trump putting the 35% tax on all overseas manufacturing. Couldn't this hurt those countries that have plants where US manufacturing comes from? ...
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Do German Goverment bonds usually include (or included) a condition that the debt will not be serviced in case of trade imbalance?

Today the Spiegel ran an article on a proposal to end the Euro Debt Crisis. That article made the claim given in the title Syriza will eine sogenannte Wachstumsklausel für jene Schulden einführen, ...
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Who owns German debt?

I know that Germany has huge external debt. I don't know how to find out which entities own this and especially which country they belong to.
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What happens on a banks balance sheet when the borrower submits loan payments?

When the banks lends me money my demand deposits end up in his liabilities and my loan is on his assets. Lets say I paid that money to somebody who has an account at another bank. Lets ignore how the ...
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Do states compete with each other when they emit debt?

Let's say that, for some reason (a crisis or similar), many first-world countries' states need to emit public debt to be able to pay the services the normally provide (pensions, health etc.). As I ...
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What would happen if the U.S. “refinanced” its national debt?

Interest rates are at historical lows. I believe they went negative in parts of Europe recently. Since interest on the national debt is one of the biggest, if not the biggest, expense item of the U.S. ...
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How can government mitigate the long-term effects of current shut downs?

I’m not well versed in economics by any stretch of the imagination. But I am confused with certain measures taken thus far by the government. There is currently a temporary shutdown of vast sectors ...
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What happens if you cannot lend more than what you have?

This is hypothetical but what would happen if you cannot lend more money than you have? Say you have £100, the maximum you can lend is £100. But somehow you lend £200 to Joe, and Joe spends all of it ...
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Banks are allowed to print money out of thin air. Black magic or what? [duplicate]

Today it is wide spread notion that the commercial banks cat create a money out of thin air. Simply by typing numbers on computer. Every time a bank gives a load to a borrower, the loan money do not ...
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Stimulus (Rescue) Package [duplicate]

With regard to the recent 2 trillion dollar coronavirus package, is the money just being printed or borrowed? A gentleman from the tax payer union claims the taxpayer will eventually be on the hook.
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Shouldn't the total global debt amount to zero and not $253 trillion?

In Jan 2020, the Institute of International Finance (IIF) came out with a report (read summary here) that the total global debt is expected to climb to a new all-time high of more than $257 trillion ...
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How to reconcile fact that “real interest=nominal interest - inflation” with prediction of the interest rate theory about expensivity of loans?

According to the interest rate theory higher price level will lead to following chain of events in the short run: Marginal propensity to save will decrease(ratio of spending/saving will change, people ...
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Do countries with high taxes end up with low government debt but high private debt?

I'm curious if my observation that some Scandinavian countries (Denmark, Sweden) have high taxes, low government debt, but high private (in particular high household) debt is applicable more generally ...
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National debt question

I have a question regarding the national debt. I understand that foreign governments and/or central banks hold somewhere north of $6 trillion of US Treasury securities. I have found minimal ...
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Why does the United States' national debt matter?

This might sound like a naive question, but I mean it quite honestly (please be aware that I am merely a high school student): Why does the United States' government debt matter? To be sure, based on ...
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Do local taxes help in paying back foreign debts?

I always wonder if increasing local taxes could help countries in paying off the foreign debts? I think taxes generate income in local currency. While foreign debts (from IMF, World Bank etc.) are to ...
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Current Account vs Net Exports

In Mian, Sufi and Verner (2017), the authors look at the impact of an increase in household debt on both net exports and the current account, and find a significant negative coefficient in the ...
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What is the logic behind that one can “grow out of debt” via increase in GDP?

As we all know the US has a big debt and increasing deficits. The head of FED J. Powell commented that the US was on an unsustainable path w.r.t some debt to GDP ratio. A few commentators I listen to ...
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Possible “debt-to-…” ratio indicators for debt-to-economic growth relationship?

Suppose we are interested in the relationship between public or external debt and economic growth. One can look at the debt-to-GDP ratio or debt-to-export ratio. What may be other possible "debt-...