We've Been ZIRPed by the Fed

It isn't easy to earn interest income these days.  Interest rates on government T-bills, banks' savings accounts, and certificates of deposit are microscopic.  You can blame our government and central bank.  They have "ZIRPed" millions of American savers.  Here are the details: According to the U.S. Treasury Department, the average interest rate paid on federal debt, as of July, was just under 2.4 percent, implying an annual interest expense on $14.5 trillion of debt of nearly $350 billion.  (Net debt, subtracting intra-governmental debt is lower; actual debt, including off-budget items, is higher.)  If the average interest rate rose to 5 percent, the annual debt burden would rise correspondingly to well over $700 billion and consume approximately one-third of total federal revenues. At some point, higher interest rates would consume such a large portion of federal revenues that only massive dollar-creation by the Federal Reserve could provide funding for...(Read Full Article)

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