Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Looming Crisis Over U.S. Debt Ceiling

MarketPulse FX submits:

By Scott Boyd

It may be too much for most people to fully comprehend the size of the government?s $14.3 trillion debt, so let?s put this in terms each of us can understand ? yesterday the United States maxed out all its credit cards.

By law, the government is restricted to a debt ceiling of $14.294 trillion. This limit came into play on Monday and means the government is effectively prevented from selling bonds and taking on any further debt. The Treasury Department released a somber statement noting that by raiding the nation?s pension funds it could manage to meet the nation?s debt obligations until mid-summer, but unless new funds are available by then, the Treasury would have no choice but to default on some of the country?s debt obligations.

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