Fed Buys Treasuries Equal To All Debt Issued In 2013

Discussion in 'Politics' started by pspr, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. pspr


    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.”

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  3. pspr


    That answer is "Turbotax!" :D
  4. :eek:

    How dare you insinuate that Ben Bernanke's entire purpose for QE^n is to finance the profligate spending of the Federal Government!
  5. Tsing Tao

    Tsing Tao

    Cue Fed apologists arriving in the thread any minute now.