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The Road to Default: The Other Side of the Story

July 19, 2011
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The Road to Default: The Other Side of the Story

Okay so I was gliding through the articles of CNBC.com and stumbled upon one titled, "A Downgrade of U.S. Debt Won't Matter as Much as You Think." The argument laid down in this piece is that insurance companies and pension funds are required to hold h...

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The Road to Default: Puppy Power!

July 18, 2011
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The Road to Default: Puppy Power!

Although Congress can technically dilly dally until August 2nd to come up with an agreement and raise the debt ceiling- markets have anticipated the inevitable. They haven't sat back and decided to wait till August 2nd to panic- they are already in "oh...

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The Road to Default: Deep DooDoo

July 16, 2011
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The Road to Default: Deep DooDoo

Okay so what is the situation at hand? Well the inevitable default of the United States of course.  The U.S. will default regardless of whether Congress raises the debt ceiling. You may be thinking the following: But how can he say such a thing? I...

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Sir Sun Drop

July 11, 2011
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Sir Sun Drop

Okay so one of my best friends Sir Kris "Wespro" Wesslen has started a new blog and i think it's so hilariously decked out with pompous amounts of hilarity that even a blind and brainless mouse would chuckle out of amusement. Please check it out here. ...

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The Road to Default: Debt Ratio Comparison’s With Previous Episodes

July 11, 2011
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The Road to Default: Debt Ratio Comparison’s With Previous Episodes

In 2009, Carmen M. Reinhart and Kenneth S. Rogoff wrote a book titled ,"This Time Is Different" about debt and financial crisis. One of their charts will provide a benchmark for us in our analysis.  This chart can be found on page 121 of the book ...

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The Road to Default: Who’s getting the most screwed?

July 10, 2011
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The Road to Default: Who’s getting the most screwed?

Let's take a look at who gets the most screwed (who loses the most money) when bond prices collapse and the United States defaults.Well until recently only about 55% of treasury's were held domestically. The rest was externally held by places like Japa...

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The Road to Default: We Crumble Like A Cookie

July 9, 2011
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The Road to Default: We Crumble Like A Cookie

What should we be expecting when the United States defaults and how will this unsavory process unfold? Well for one thing anticipate the downfall with a downgrade in the credit rating.  According to recent Bloomberg article in the event of a U.S. ...

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The Road to Default: Let’s Look at the Damage with a Rant.

July 8, 2011
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The Road to Default: Let’s Look at the Damage with a Rant.

The following graph shows Real GDP as a percentage of the Gross Federal Debt.  FRED is the resource I frequently use for United States financial data and it serves us well here.  What is Gross Federal Debt? Well, its total government debt out...

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The Rebirth

July 8, 2011
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The Rebirth

Hey guys, I know that I have been gone for awhile now.  I just came back from a month long euro adventure so have no fear, I have plenty of time to devote to blogging now.  From this day forward, X.U. Economics will be known as The Dancing Ec...

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Job Search Part 5: It’s Policy Time!

April 27, 2011
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Job Search Part 5: It’s Policy Time!

This is the last post of this special mini-series on the job search and matching theory of unemployment. I will probably be extremely distracted for the next few months, including a month-long vacation in Europe to shake the horrors of undergrad off me...

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