Treasury Expects To Hit Debt Ceiling By End Of May, Discloses Plans For "Century" Bonds

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Wed, 02/02/2011 - 16:51 | 928593 Gubbmint Cheese
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so buy a bond and a parrot and see which one gets called in first..



Wed, 02/02/2011 - 17:13 | 928652 centerline
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At least you could eat the parrot.

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 17:17 | 928667 Misean
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You could teach the parrot to say "Buy the f**king dip!" "Green Shoots!" "It's all contained!" "You can't eat gold!".

Bonds can't do that.

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 18:07 | 928880 asdasmos
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Wed, 02/02/2011 - 17:19 | 928675 Confused
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Excellent! Thanks for the laugh. 

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 18:19 | 928924 jus_lite_reading
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I've managed to keep my vulgar language contained and off the internet for the most part, but after reading TD's ZH, I have to say to the idea of perpetual bonds- FUCK THIS!


Wed, 02/02/2011 - 16:51 | 928595 slow_roast
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Early Christmas gifts bitchez.

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 16:52 | 928596 TheGreatPonzi
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"The Treasury also disclosed that it had discussed with big bond dealers the possibility of an "ultra-long" bond with a maturity of 40, 50, or 100 years"

RobotTrader was right. Don't fight the PigMen. But who will be dumb enough to lend money at 100 years, still?

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 16:58 | 928617 lemonobrien
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the FED

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 17:04 | 928623 redpill
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The term doesn't matter much when the Fed buys them back the next week

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 17:17 | 928666 Dr. Gonzo
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If I bought one I could cash it when I'm a 139 years old. Something to look forward too for my old age fund.

Sun, 06/26/2011 - 10:29 | 1402790 malikai
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So lets see here. $1000 bill at 2.5% for 100 years.. That's a whole $137.60 in interest for the duration. I don't see what the problem here is. That sounds like a fantastic deal. Who wouldn't want that?!

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 18:54 | 929055 jkruffin
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Easy answer, the taxpayer....and also they will force every single 401k/IRA plan into this scam like they planned all along.  Remember the open comment period they had last year regarding this Geithner swindle?

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 16:52 | 928597 DaveyJones
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century bonds, by the time you count to a hundred...

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 16:54 | 928606 lunaticfringe
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My math sucks. I had us hitting the debt ceiling at the end of the month. Deferring here and trying to sort out the pieces from this read.

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 22:40 | 929721 tekhneek
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How were you calculating it? I was off too.

The numbers perhaps, or a link?

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 16:56 | 928611 Comrade de Chaos
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Century bonds?!?

All right !!!, why enslave only one future generation, when you can enslave a few or more. 

And one would think given the spread of riots "someone" would take a notice. 

Uncertainty, must be "good" for the business.. coming to the theater near you. 

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 16:59 | 928620 Tense INDIAN
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India has also HIT a CEILING ....the BIG COUNT::

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 17:04 | 928625 SilverIsKing
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Why stop at Century?  How about Millenium Bonds for those of us who eat right and exercise daily?

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 17:07 | 928635 Wynn
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Which sacrificial lambs will be offered to the bond gods to get this deal done?

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 17:07 | 928638 Guy Fawkes Mulder
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Step 1: Force, bribe, and-or trick the politicians into not raising the debt ceiling.

Step 2: The Ultimate Dollar Crisis and Ultimate Banking Crisis in world history occur.

Step 3: The media and experts start talking about how only a bank of the world that everyone in the world has to pay interest and debt to can possibly bailout the world economy and fight the Greatest Depression. BIS and IMF are considered to be the new "Fed" that are capable to save the world economy by being the ones to issue its debt.

Step 4: Meet the new boss... Your plan for the old New World Order is back on the fast track, having been stalled a bit over the past two years.

Step 5: Answer CAPTCHA question: "38 plus ___ equals 38".

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 17:19 | 928676 Max Hunter
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I wonder who will own this only world bank.. I'll bet not one owner will be Jewish..

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 17:15 | 928658 Misean
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Century bonds?!?!?! They need big biger biggerest thinking. A thousand year Reich...erm...Dumbocracy of pr0n freedom and football needs millenial bonds!

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 17:19 | 928674 WestVillageIdiot
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This reminds me a lot of all of the stories of octegenarians taking out 30-year mortgages to buy houses.  Good luck collecting from a dead man.


Embalm this, bitchez.

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 17:17 | 928665 jus_lite_reading
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Century Bonds are Perpetual Bonds. When a nation resorts to that, it's unofficially declaring insolvency.

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 18:08 | 928887 A Man without Q...
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The UK government issued perpetual bonds in 1917, paying a 3.5% coupon.  The amount borrowed was £1.9 billion, which was a hell of a lot back them, but they are still going strong.  In some ways, you are right, the UK was on the brink of insolvency back in 1917....

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 18:24 | 928942 jus_lite_reading
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It's a running joke that a century bond is one that is the bond of last resort. It means an empire has run out of options to sustain the house of cards. There is a reason for that.

I'm sure that the Fed's bean counters have concluded that there is a very high probability the end of the world will occur within the next few decades. Either way, those bond holders will never be paid back.


Wed, 02/02/2011 - 17:17 | 928668 Dr. Porkchop
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If they never fail to raise the debt ceiling, it means there effectively is no ceiling. What a fucking joke.

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 17:21 | 928682 WestVillageIdiot
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They don't even offer up a budget.  Why the freak do they need to pretend that there is a debt ceiling?  I expect this little dog and pony show to be put to rest in the next few years.  It will be for our own good. 

At the moment the bullet entered Winston's brain he learned to love Big Brother. 

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 17:18 | 928670 tmosley
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I'm surprised people trust these guys with even an attosecond bond, much less a femptosecond bond.


Wed, 02/02/2011 - 17:23 | 928695 WestVillageIdiot
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You are right tmosley.  These same people I wouldn't trust minding my goldfish for a weekend but here they are responsible for a country with a $14 trillion GDP (supposedly) and the largest nuclear weapons arsenal on the planet.

I'm glad I didn't pick today to quit sniffing glue.

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 19:31 | 929166 Sudden Debt
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what's your goldfish name?

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 17:19 | 928672 6 String
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If, as Goldman believes, congress waffles, how do the PM's respond? This is a pivotal time that will go down in American history books....if anyone is left to write about it.



Wed, 02/02/2011 - 17:22 | 928681 Zedge Hero
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   How far can they kick this can down the damn road?  Instead of kicking it they want to pick it up and throw it.  "Give me a 250 year bond please sir, I want to invest in my great great great great great great granchildren's future, for they will surely be FUCKED!!"

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 17:26 | 928704 countryboy42
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"That will be $45mil. Please drive to the first window."

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 17:32 | 928731 Zedge Hero
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" Can I have some Unfunded Liabilities on the side with that too please?"

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 22:50 | 929742 tekhneek
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"No, but if you purchase five-500 year bonds you get a 1,000 year bond ABSOLUTELY FREE!"

(with nominal inheritance taxes, of course.)

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 17:33 | 928737 Misean
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By that time the scrap value of the bond certificate itself will be worth more than the redemtion amount.

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 22:51 | 929747 tekhneek
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At the rate cotton's going it almost makes sense to accumulate, compress and store the raw materials then exchange them for PM's later.

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 17:23 | 928685 Bob
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Century bonds are crazy genius.  Soak up liquidity with further fraudulant balance sheet support to allow continuing bonuses.  Them white shoe boyz is good.  As criminals at least.

Extend and pretend like donkey kong.

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 17:27 | 928708 Dr. Porkchop
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I know.

I'm telling ya, the supposed real crooks, the mafia, can only sit in awe and wonder at what the banksters get away with.

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 17:54 | 928722 Bob
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That's what Lucky Luciano grieved after spending time at the NYSE: "I picked the wrong mob." 

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 17:22 | 928686 koaj
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why dont we just go Iceland on these fuckers and start over? 2 years of pain vs 100 years of debt slavery. i'll take the 2

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 17:23 | 928691 Trader Joe
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Just issue prepetual callable bonds in both floating and fixed rate flavors

In fact, if I remember some of my ENRON accounting studies, because it would not have a maturity date, it would then qualify as equity, and thus would be a nice way to get around the debt ceiling



Tue, 02/08/2011 - 20:07 | 944697 jonytk
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Wed, 02/02/2011 - 17:23 | 928692 Dr. Gonzo
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Who would buy this shit?  

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 18:27 | 928956 jus_lite_reading
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Perhaps the purple octopus looking aliens NASA is searching for so desparately... "Bring cash, and lots of it," is the signal they have been sending to outer space. Thus the reason we've had no response. Muthafuckers.


Wed, 02/02/2011 - 18:29 | 928964 A_MacLaren
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Primary Dealers.

Question is who are they gonna flip 'em off to.

PD: Hello Ben? ...  Yeah, Timmah foisted some shit on us.  Send over your garbage truck.

Ben: You have to hold it a week so we can repeat the lie to the Chinese that we're not monetizing the debt.

PD:  &$#!*@  I gotta hold 'em a week?  These things are even stinkier than those 2007 Neg-Am ARMs and NINJA mortgages!

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 17:23 | 928694 JasperNewtonDaniel
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The desperation is setting in.  What would your price a 100 year bond at for a country that has the largest debt and deficit in the history of humanity and a Central Bank that can inject figures into the money supply larger than the number of atoms in the universe?  Anything above ZERO would clearly be overpriced.


Wed, 02/02/2011 - 18:28 | 928960 jus_lite_reading
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One can only imagine the yield on that

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