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A New Debt Milestone

The U.S. Government debt recently topped an astounding $22 trillion reaching a new debt milestone. The debt is composed of two components: debt held by the public and debt held by government agencies. The public debt is continuously marketed to investors all over the world. This debt is used to fund the deficit as well as to pay off maturing debt. Because investors demand a return on their investment, public debt is subject to interest charges, furthering the ongoing deficit. For a government to manage... Continue Reading

The Counterparty Risk Problem

Investopedia defines counterparty risk as “the risk to each party of a contract that the counterparty will not live up to its contractual obligations.” Now think about that for a moment… Whether you realize it or not, you have to confront counterparty risk on a daily basis. Will the power company deliver electricity to your home? Will the city or municipality provide a clean and reliable water supply? Will your health insurer pay up in the event of a claim? While all of these issues... Continue Reading

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