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The U.S. national debt is rising by $1 trillion about every 100 days

If you're wondering why we have high-interest rates (now that supply chain inflation has subsided) it's because we (being the Federal Gov) have spent more than we collect in taxes. When Obama took over our national debt was approx $9 trillion. It now stands at 34 trillion.

One component that is causing our debt to rise is the interest on what we owe. As rates go up, that figure spikes as well. The interest component on our national debt alone stands at over $1 trillion per year.

The U.S. national debt is rising by $1 trillion about every 100 days


Michelle Fox, CNBC

The nation’s debt now stands at nearly $34.4 trillion, as of Wednesday.

Since June, the last two $1 trillion jumps occurred in about 100 days.

The debt load of the U.S. is growing at a quicker clip in recent months, increasing about $1 trillion nearly every 100 days.

The nation’s debt permanently crossed over to $34 trillion on Jan. 4, after briefly crossing the mark on Dec. 29, according to data from the U.S. Department of the Treasury. It reached $33 trillion on Sept. 15, 2023, and $32 trillion on June 15, 2023, hitting this accelerated pace. Before that, the $1 trillion move higher from $31 trillion took about eight months.

U.S. debt, which is the amount of money the federal government borrows to cover operating expenses, now stands at nearly $34.4 billion, as of Wednesday. Bank of America investment strategist Michael Hartnett believes the 100-day pattern will remain intact with the move from $34 trillion to $35 trillion.

“Little wonder ‘debt debasement’ trades closing in on all-time highs, i.e. gold $2077/oz, bitcoin $67734,” he wrote in a note Thursday.

Spot gold is currently hovering around $2,084 an ounce, while bitcoin was recently around $61,443. The cryptocurrency in February closed out its best month since 2020, briefly trading above $64,000 on Wednesday before pulling back. Inflows into crypto funds are on course for a “blowout year,” with an annualized inflow of $44.7 billion so far this year, Hartnett noted.

Moody’s Investors Service lowered its ratings outlook on the U.S. government to negative from stable in November due to the rising risks of the country’s fiscal strength.

“In the context of higher interest rates, without effective fiscal policy measures to reduce government spending or increase revenues,” the agency said. “Moody’s expects that the US’ fiscal deficits will remain very large, significantly weakening debt affordability.”

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