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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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Is a high borrowing rate bad?

I'm not an economist, so this may be a stupid question, but why are high borrowing rates among individuals and corporations bad? Like, I've heard high student and credit card debt mentioned as reasons ...
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Useful models/theory private debt and borrowed constrained households

In macro oriented research papers the role of private debt is discussed and that apparently when there is a lot of private debt in the economy, households tend to be borrowed constrained.. Could ...
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What is the opposite of debt?

In trade, the opposite of trade deficit is trade surplus. In other words, the negative deficit is called surplus. And then, what is the term for negative debt? Say for example Bank A owes 5 million ...
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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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Relation between growth rate of GDP and real interest rate for sustainable debt-to-GDP ratio

Why is the relation between the growth rate of GDP and the real interest rate important for sustaining the government the debt-to-GDP ratio ?
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Can a currency crisis be the proximate cause of a debt crisis?

I'm just curious whether there are any historical examples of a currency crisis in a country (speculative attacks leading causing a sudden devaluation of currency) leading directly to a debt crisis?
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Debt bearing capacity

In times of low yields and the prospect of rising yields, I asked myself if the european countries can ceteris-paribus cope with rising yields. Is there a way to calculate the effect of rising yields (...
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Limitation on what can be borrowed

Is there a framework for determining the limit of what can be borrowed? For example, lets say an institution with 1 trillion USD wanted to hold 5 trillion USD in government bonds, would there be a ...
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Is the American economy on the same path when it had a massive crash in 2007? Is there another bubble coming

I guess I should not be asking for technical answers, because I've learned economists are not to predict things like this. Yet from current data, and this article that reviewed said data: http://www....
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Is the shareholder-creditor conflict the same as debt-equity conflict?

I am having some problems understanding the difference between shareholder-creditor conflict and debt-equity conflict. I understand what the shareholder-creditor conflict is about, but when I try to ...
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What's the difference between public debt, national debt and government debt? [duplicate]

When it comes to non-private debt, I hear these three terms the most, but I am not sure if they're interchangeable or discernible. Also, are they recorded in the balance of payments? I'm guessing if ...
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What is the FRB's Z.1 table L.218

I'm updating a document that cites this: As of December 2011, 67 percent of home mortgage debt was either securitized through agency or non-agency MBS or held on the balance sheets of Fannie ...
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Why might a country with a budget surplus continue issuing bonds - ie borrowing?

Some argue that if a government runs a budgetary deficit, it is a drag on the public finances because taxpayers must fund interest payments to external creditors. If the interest payments were an ...
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The USA debt and the individual investor

There is a lot of hype about the national debt of the USA being incredibly large, and I wonder if this has any implications about an individual investor? I understand that the risk of having a large ...
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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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What's the term for the debt you have to pay today?

Say that a company has a debt of 10 million $US But from that debt, the company has to pay 2 million $US today. The rest of the debt has to be payed next year and later. Is there a term for the debt ...
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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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Does debt include interest owed? [closed]

If I calculate debt to gdp ratios, do I include the interest payment on the debt as part of the debt? Is debt defined as a recursive sequence? Does current debt= interest on debt + previous debt?
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Deficit: can be seen as a return?

Suppose I have a series of debt as % of GDP. By computing returns on this serie e.g. debt as % of GDP in year 1 is 50% in year 2 is 60% I compute $(60\%-50\%)/50\%$ can I interpret this measure as ...
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What analysis has been done to predict the next big financial crash?

There has been a lot of talk about a big pending financial crash due to the slowing global economy, low interest rates, rising debt levels, etc. Now I'm wondering: Has anyone done any analysis to ...
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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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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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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 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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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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Public Debt as Percent of GDP

My question relates to calculation total debt as percent of GDP (quarterly). Since debt is a stock and GDP is a flow, I can understand calculation it on an annual basis but not quarterly.
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«public-sector debt must now also include the central bank’s sharply rising debts». It didn't before?

In this text by Carmen Reinhardt, there's the following sentence: For Greece, Italy, Portugal, and Spain, public-sector debt must now also include the central bank’s sharply rising debts. What ...
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Differences between international and national creditors

When considering a nations debt, how does it affect the nation whether its debt is held by national or international creditors? If there is preference does this translate into different prices for the ...
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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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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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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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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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On a Dalio youtube video

The following video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHe0bXAIuk0 argues that credit is the principal force behind the business cycle. Is this considered to be a established truth within some school ...
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What country has the highest requirements for loans?

I was looking to find countries with the toughest regulations on loans(general loans not any specific ones) By that I mean: I mainly care to know where it is toughest for people to get a loan from a ...
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is there a way in NIPA accounts to see a measure of size/change in private debt stock?

is there a way in NIPA accounts to see a measure of size/change in private debt stock , and how is it measured? if not then how is it measured?
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Syndicated Loans Terminology - Borrower & Sponsor

I am trying to understand what is the difference between the Borrower and the Sponsor entities in a syndicate loan agreement. Namely, it looks like quite often, the Borrower entity will be a Company ...
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Is there a statistic that shows which countries would be owed money if all external public debts were payed immediately?

The media loves to tout big debt figures whenever there is an economic crisis, but unless we know who owes money to who, it seems to me that these figures are useless since debt is all relative. I ...
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Proxy for debt service?

I'm trying to get info on debt service relative to GDP for Morocco. I know these sorts of figures exist for the US, Japan, etc., since a few authors use them, but Trading Economics does not seem to ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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Debt Held By The Public

Following off the back of this question on debt-to-GDP vs. debt held by public-to-GDP - Difference between "Debt Held by the Public" and "Total Public Debt Outstanding"?: So in ...