national debt

Greenspan: Deficit Fears Could Trigger Bond Market Crisis

The U.S. must act to rein in its massive budget deficits or face the risk of a bond market crisis, former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan said Sunday. If deficits begin to frighten the bond market, interest rates will rise, undermining the recovery, and possibly causing a double-dip recession.

Budget Deficit Unexpectedly Narrowed in October

The U.S. government started the new fiscal year on the right foot, posting $140.4 billion deficit in October, the first month of the new fiscal year. That was substantially lower than the $148 billion deficit that had been forecast.

Main Street Doesn't Buy Wall Street's 'Recovery'

If stocks are rising, many Wall Street gurus take it as evidence that the economy is improving. Yet even though the S&P 500 has soared 80% from its March 2009 lows, 70% of Americans don't believe the recession is over. Is Main Street's grasp on reality firmer than Wall Street's? Let's look at the data:

The High Price of Extending the Bush Tax Cuts

Before the GOP power surge on Tuesday, President Obama had steadfastly refused to consider extending the Bush tax cuts -- due to expire at the end of the year -- for America's wealthiest taxpayers. Now, he says he's willing to compromise.

As the Dollar Weakens, Commodities Shine

Market watchers lately have loudly proclaimed the end of the dollar, which has left investors looking to stay ahead with a choice of betting on stocks, which have 17% fallen in the last decade, or staying "safe" in very low-yield money market funds. But there is an alternative: Commodities.

The Price of Aging: Will It Break National Budgets?

Thirty out of 49 major developed countries could see their credit ratings plummet to junk status if they don't make changes soon, says a Standard & Poor's study. The biggest problem is health care spending on the elderly, particularly for long-term care.

2010 U.S. Budget Deficit Comes in Below Expectations

Investors received another sign Friday that the U.S. economy is continuing to heal: The 2010 U.S. budget deficit came in at a smaller-than-predicted $1.29 trillion. Though it was still the second-highest deficit on record, the numbers reflect growth in tax revenues, and thus in the economy.

Budget Deficit Dips More Than Expected

Investors received another slice of good news Monday about the U.S. economy: The federal budget deficit for August totaled a smaller than expected $90.5 billion, thanks to rising government revenues due to higher tax receipts from stronger corporate profits.

Could Congress Eliminate the Federal Budget Deficit?

The annual U.S. budget deficit is well over a trillion dollars, and in the long term, that's unsustainable. But a closer look at the sources of most of that gap shows that balancing the budget wouldn't be nearly as hard as it might at first appear.

Is this the Era of an Economically Irrelevant America?

There are people around the world rubbing their hands with glee at America's supposed collapse, pundits who say this nation is so bankrupt that it has become irrelevant. But author, venture capitalist and DailyFinance columnist Peter Cohan says don't write America's obituary just yet.

U.S. Shouldn't Let Europe's Debt Crisis Go to Waste

The bond vigilantes have made their presence known in Greece, Spain, Portugal, Italy and Ireland, forcing up their borrowing costs and making slash budgets. The U.S. needs to act now to ensure it's not next.

Recession Causes Second April U.S. Budget Deficit in 27 Years

The federal government posted an $82.7 billion deficit in April, only the second April deficit in the past 27 years. Normally, the month sees a surplus due to the Apr. 15 tax-filing deadline. But the financial crisis has squeezed tax revenue.

Will More Stimulus Hurt or Help the U.S. Economy?

Nobel Prize-winner economist Paul Krugman says cutting off the government's stimulus programs too soon will plunge us back into recession. But some economists fear that the cure he proposes will lead us to the same place.

Can the U.S. repay its debts?

Yesterday, S&P reported that Britain's AAA debt repayment rating was endangered -- lowering it from "stable" to "negative" -- because the U.K.'s...