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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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What would the theoretical ramifications of a mass sell-off of United States bonds be?

If a sovereign nation or nations were to sell off large amounts (say 30%) of United States bonds, what effects would it have on the United States' economy and debt situation? I am guessing that a mass ...
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Problem with the definition of external debt

This is how external debt is explained in wikipedia: "In public finance, external debt (or foreign debt) is the component of the total government debt which is owed to foreign creditors; its ...
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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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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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Debt cycle theory of Ray Dalio

I recently started reading Ray Dalio's book regarding BIG DEBT CRISES. He compared there, economy to the monopoly board game. There is something I don't quite follow in this analogy. If you ...
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Is Fiat Money Ultimately Tax Based?

First, I am not an economist, so seeking general "good enough" answers. Since Nixon went off the gold standard the U.S. dollar has been a fiat currency backed by federal debt. While I ...
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A bank approves a loan: where does the money come from?

In the naïve picture of the banking system, banks strike a balance between savings invested in them by savers and the loans requested of them by borrowers. The money loaned to borrowers is the same ...
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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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How is the United States net foreign wealth affected by a depreciation of the US Dollar?

My thought here is that if the dollar were to depreciate, then the value of US liabilities would decrease while the value of their assets would increase. Moreover, the US trade balance would become ...
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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 do we need to borrow?

(I have super limited knowledge with economics/finance/etc so please forgive me for any misunderstandings or misrepresentations.) Why do we need debt? People who make profit by lending to others don't ...
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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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Large National Debt by borrowing money from foreign sources

I have a question about the greater severity of large national debt caused by borrowing from foreign sources. I am reading a book about elementary Economics and am currently on a chapter discussing ...
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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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confusion regarding debt and debit [closed]

According to it's etymology, the term debit comes from the word debt, which means "the state of owing money.". Among other meanings, liability is a contractual obligation to deliver cash ...
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How could DTI(debt-to-income ratio) go well above 1?

IMF Working Paper No. 19/258: Assessing Macro-Financial Risks of Household Debt in China (PDF version) The riskiness of household debt increased as well: between 2010 and 2016, the share of debt held ...
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Are there any Sovereign Debt Guarantees, apart from those issued by the US?

The US has been undertaking an irregular form of foreign aid, Sovereign Bond Guarantees, which entails guaranteeing some of the public debt of their allies, source here: https://www.cgdev.org/blog/...
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Financial manipulation and Inflation as tools for sovereign debt default

In the book This Time Is Different, by Reinhart and Rogoff, in chapter 8, the authors state that Higher minimum level of reserves (?) And/or upper bound/ceiling to interest rates ( will help increase ...
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How come debts is higher than assets?

Investopedia has a definition about Debt ratio, I do not understand how come Debt ratio can be higher than 1. Because it means that equity is negative (because Total Assets=Debt+Equity).
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Why debt/equity ratio is limited to between 0 and 9

Is there any economic reason that debt/equity is limited to between 0 and 9 as in the picture below? This research examines the impact of the law on firms' financial flexibilities.
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Small Open Economy Without Government

Suppose we have an economy with a representative consumer with the following utility function: $$U=\sum_{t=0}^\infty\beta^t\frac{c_t^{1-\sigma}}{1-\sigma} $$ There is no uncertainty and the household ...
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External/Internal debt

https://www.bis.org/publ/work550.pdf page 7 extract "Third, the distinction between external and internal debt is important. External debt, long seen as a key driver of financial crises in EMEs (...
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What are the 'Public Account Liabilities' of the Government of India?

In the Quarterly Report on Public Debt Management for the Quarter Jul - Sep 2020 of the Government of India, an increase in 'Public Debt Liabilities' is declared. What are they?
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What happens to an MBS if all the underlying mortgages are fully paid back by the borrowers much before the maturity date?

What would happen to an MBS (mortgage-backed security) if hypothetically speaking all the underlying mortgages were fully paid back by the mortgagees (borrowers), much before the maturity date? I ...
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Difference between 'Internal Debt' and 'Market Loans' in RBI public debt statistics

While perusing RBI public debt statistics, I am at my wits end in trying to figure out the table headers. I am unable to sum up any combination of them to get any other. Specifically, what is the ...
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Is the debt owed to resourceful producers by resourceless consumers practically irrepayable?

Here is my argument for the debt owned by resourceless consumers to resourceful producers (as currency, bonds, loans, or other means). Is it correct? If not, where am I going wrong? Economic value is ...
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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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Does the US Federal Government keep public records of annual service payments on external (foreign-owned) public debt?

I'm doing some research on international debt policy, and I'd like to be able to compare some statistics I've compiled of external public debt in HIPC (heavily indebted and poor countries) with the ...
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How does QE effect the collaterals?

For instance, the ECB accepts green bonds as collateral. And also they are more likely to include green bonds in a QE program. Does this face make a green bond more valuable? How would it work in a ...
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How to find US total debt?

Sorry i'm not really an economist but I don't know where else to ask. I'm reading Ray Dalio's Big Debt Crises and he has several graphs for total US debt burdens https://imgur.com/a/tPX3LuH where it's ...
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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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Is investment in real estate a real investment?

In the book The Financial Crisis and the Free Market Cure in chapter 3 author said that investment in real estate is not really investment. It is jobs that create ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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? ...