vrijdag 14 september 2012

Large Portion of QE3 Goes to Interest Payments on U.S. Debt

On 13 September 2012, Ben Bernanke announced a third round of quantitative easing also known as QE3. What the federal reserve will do is buy $40 billion in MBS and $45 billion in 10-30 year bonds per month. So a year from now, the federal reserve will have bought $480 billion in MBS and $540 billion in 10-30 year bonds.

So basically, the federal reserve will try to spur growth by helping the mortgage market and the bond market. But there is a catch in the deal. What investors need to pay attention to is the yearly interest payment on the U.S. government debt.

As you can see, the interest payments on total U.S. debt (blue dots) follow the total U.S. public debt outstanding (red dots). The higher the U.S. debt, the higher the interest payments on this debt.

What will this mean for investors? Read it here.

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