Is the U.S. facing a debt-service cost spiral and a bond crisis?
*Bloomberg, by Daniel Kruger & Liz Capo McCormick, February 13, 2011:
''Geithner Tells Obama Debt Expense to Increase to Record
While some of the lowest borrowing costs on record have helped the economy recover from its worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, bond yields are now rising as growth resumes. Net interest expense will triple to an all-time high of $554 billion in 2015 from $185 billion in 2010, according to the Obama administration's adjusted 2011 budget.
'It's a slow train wreck coming and we all know it's going to happen,'' said Bret Barker, an interest-rate analyst at Los Angeles-based TCW Group Inc., which manages about $115 billion in assets. 'It's just a question of whether we want to deal with it. There are huge structural changes that have to go on with this economy.'
The amount of marketable U.S. government debt outstanding has risen to $8.96 trillion from $5.8 trillion at the end of 2008, according to the Treasury Department. Debt-service costs will climb to 82 percent of the $757 billion shortfall projected for 2016 from about 12 percent in last year's deficit, according to the budget projections.
That compares with 69 percent for Portugal, whose bonds have plummeted on speculation it may need to be bailed out by the European Union and International Monetary Fund.''
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