Category Archives: US Government deficits

8/7/20: On a Long-Enough Timeline, This Is Not Sustainable

Something will have to give, and on an increasingly more proximate timeline, although we have no idea when that timeline runs its course...

In basic terms, U.S. Bonds yields are only sustainable as long as:

  1. There remains a market-wide faith that the U.S. Government will not deflate itself out of the fiscal mess it has managed to run, virtually un-interrupted, since at least 1980 on; 
  2. There remains a regulatory coercion into the U.S. Government bonds being 'risk-free' capital 'instruments'; and
  3. There remains vast appetite for the U.S. dollar as the store of value instrument for everyone - from migrants and legitimate business people in the politically questionable jurisdictions to drug dealers.
Which puts a serious question mark over how long can the U.S. Treasury afford to escalate weaponization of the dollar.