February 8, 2013

Food for thought: “Fed Has Bought More U.S. Gov’t Debt This Year Than Treasury Has Issued”

Something to add into the thought experiment introduced in the previous post. CNS News:

So far this calendar year, the Federal Reserve has bought up more U.S. government debt than the U.S. Treasury has issued.

On Dec. 31, the total debt of the U.S. government was $16.4327 trillion and then-Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner announced that the government had hit what was then the legal debt limit. Last week, however, Congress enacted a law to suspend the federal government debt limit until May 18, 2013, and allow the administration to resume increasing the debt.

By the close of business on Wednesday, Feb. 6, according to the U.S. Treasury, the total federal debt had climbed to $16.4799 trillion—an increase of $47.2 billon for the calendar year.

At the close of business on Jan. 2, the Federal Reserve had owned $1.661 trillion in U.S. Treasury securities. By the close of business on Feb. 6, it owned $1.7172 trillion—an increase of $51.1 billion for the calendar year.

Thus, the Federal Reserve’s purchases of U.S. government debt in this calendar year have exceeded the Treasury’s net debt issues by about $3.9 billion.

Also last week, the Federal Reserve announced that it “will continue purchasing additional … longer-term Treasury securities at a pace of $45 billion per month.”

If the Fed continues to purchase $45 billion in additional federal debt each month in 2013 it will buy up another $540 billion in federal debt this year alone.


As recently as calendar year 2007, the total debt of the United States increased by only about $549 billion, or roughly equal to the amount of debt the Fed plans to buy this year.

Panic and incompetence?  Or a delay tactic — a kind of time-lapse poison pill?

Posted by Jeff G. @ 10:39am

Comments (3)

  1. Panic and incompetence? Or a delay tactic — a kind of time-lapse poison pill?


    It is possible that people are very deliberately and very carefully orchestrating our financial collapse, and that they’re pulling it off according to plan.

    It is also possible that this is part of a natural cycle, that all advanced economies play fast and loose with the currency because they can, at least for awhile, and that as the consequences of all the moral hazards and kited checks and other fantasy economic policies accumulate, the decision-makers make ever more insane decisions to stave off the unthinkable but inevitable.

    It is also possible that both are true, and that the former are taking advantage of the latter to their nefarious ends.

  2. when interest rates go up this piece of shit little country implodes like the poltergeist house is what the deal is

  3. Well then, it’s no wonder the government wants to own all the bullets.