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Old 02-04-2011, 06:33 PM   #1
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Fed passes China in Treasury holdings

“By June [the Fed] will have accumulated some $1,600bn of Treasury securities, likely to be in the vicinity of China and Japan’s combined holdings” -FT.com

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Old 02-04-2011, 07:26 PM   #2
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Not such a big deal. Social Security owns more than all international holders combined as of the Sept 2010 accounting, at around 5,350 billion. Private holders (us retirees, pension plans, Scrooge McDuck, etc) hold more than all the foreign holders combined, at 8,211 billion.

http://fms.treas.gov/bulletin/b2010_4ofs.doc
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Private holders (us retirees, pension plans, Scrooge McDuck, etc) hold more than all the foreign holders combined, at 8,211 billion.
Boy, I wish I found that reassuring or comforting. I got a feeling that 8T is just a number. But even if I accept all this...China, Japan, and the Fed are fast approaching 1/3 of total holdings. I'm gonna have to spend some time under the Bodhi Tree and see if I can figure what this means.
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Well at least America owns more of America than the Chinese Government.
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Well at least America owns more of America than the Chinese Government.
OK. That sounds reassuring.

But wait! Someone still has to work to pay the interest on those obligations.

Which means I own my children's asses.

And since many of you do not have children, you also have a piece of my children asses!

PS. Nah! No need for my children to worry. I forgot that, just as Otar pointed out in his eBook, the future generations can easily solve the problem by printing more money. This is not a problem that a bit of inflation won't fix.
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