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[97% Financing] National Debt In Perspective

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I came across this amazing table (hat tip: Robert Paterson’s Weblog [1]) that lays out the percentage of each European country’s national debt to GDP compared to the US. The author applies a 5% debt repayment rate to estimate how long it would take to pay it off (assuming no more additional debt).

While the US is far better than the 19 other countries listed, I am more concerned about the continued growth US debt – it appears to be growing unabated.

Irish eyes are NOT smiling. It’s hard to imagine an influx of foreign investors providing meaningful real estate demand from Europe anytime soon, in addition to the restraint caused by the rising dollar relative to the euro.

Reality check – At 97% financing for 19 years, the US is beginning to feel like an FHA mortgage. Hey, isn’t FHA losing money?