There’s a clear answer to when your savings account will earn decent interest again…


That may be a slight exaggeration… but it’s not far off from reality.

As you’ll see, there’s an important reason the U.S. central bank (the Federal Reserve) and central banks around the globe have lowered interest rates to 5,000-year lows…


The U.S. government has a near-incomprehensible debt problem.

The national debt now stands just south of $20 trillion (that’s a 20 with 12 zeroes behind it). The Money Project shared some statistics to help put this staggering number into context. Here are some highlights…

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The U.S. national debt ($19.5 trillion) is:

  • Larger than the 500 largest American companies (S&P 500) combined ($19.1 trillion)

  • Larger than the total combined assets of the world’s top seven money managers ($18.9 trillion)

  • 25 times larger than the value of all oil exported globally in a year ($786 billion)

  • 155 times larger than the value of all gold mined in the world in a year ($125 billion)

  • 53% larger than all the world’s physical currency, gold, silver, and “cryptocurrency” bitcoin combined ($12.73 trillion).


It gets worse.

The $19.5 trillion is only the existing debt. And that doesn’t account for unfunded government liabilities like Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Boston University professor Laurence Kottlikoff estimates the “real” amount owed is $211 trillion. Here’s what he said in a Bloomberg editorial piece on the problem:

We’ve got 78 million baby boomers who are poised to collect, in about 15 to 20 years, about $40,000 per person. Multiply 78 million by $40,000—you’re talking about more than $3 trillion a year just to give to a portion of the population… That’s an enormous bill that’s overhanging our heads, and Congress isn’t focused on it.

Then there’s the problem of debt “acceleration”…

Sovereign Man reports it took the U.S. government 74,984 days (more than 205 years) to accumulate its first trillion in debt. It took an additional five years to rack up the second trillion.

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Now the government accrued its most recent trillion in about 14 months.

[If you want a visceral reminder of how fast the debt is accelerating, you can watch it happen in real time at the U.S. Debt Clock website. Every seven-tenths of a second or so, another $10,000 is added—and growing.]

So it should surprise no one that over 90% of federal tax revenues—which just hit an all-time high in the first half of 2016—go to cover entitlement programs and interest on the national debt. The rest of the federal budget—everything from the military to national public radio (NPR)—gets funded through more borrowing.

Here’s why that matters…

Forbes reports a return of interest rates to their historical average of 4-6% would see almost all of existing tax revenue go to service just the interest on the national debt. The budget deficit would spike by at least $500 billion per year.

So if you were under any illusions that you may soon save your retirement through higher interest rates at the bank… let them go right now. The U.S. government has $19.5 trillion reasons to lean on the Fed to keep rates low.

What to do about it now

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