Bank Of America Sees Material Deterioration In Budget Deficit Estimates, Worried About Fiscal Tightening Post Mid-TermsSubmitted by Tyler Durden on 05/02/2010 08:41 -0500
A few days after the economists have had some time to digest the latest GDP numbers, the results are coming in, and they aren't pretty... And to Obama's chagrin they aren't going to get any better. The end of the stimulus "sugar high" is approaching, and most likely will culminate with the mid-term elections: the attached piece by BofA only solidifies this observation. Bank of America, after Goldman, is now the latest major bailed out bank to join the bandwagon decrying US fiscal insanity (oddly enough, few have much to say about the lunatics in charge of monetary matters). And that's just for the medium-term. Speaking of lunatics, for those curious about the long-term, who can summarize it better than the Oracle of Constitution Avenue himself: "Unfortunately, we cannot grow our way out of this problem. No credible forecast suggests that future rates of growth of the US economy will be sufficient to close these deficits without significant changes to our fiscal policies." - none other than B.S. Bernanke. Furthermore, this is the real problem, forget all about G-Pap reelection chances (none to negative): Greece is just a pleasant distraction compared to what would happen if the US can't roll $700 billion in short-term debt each month.
Goldman Sees A $10.8 Trillion Budget Deficit In Next Decade, Focuses On Subpar Tax Receipts Net Of RefundsSubmitted by Tyler Durden on 04/26/2010 21:42 -0500
Yesterday Goldman was saying that the quadrillions in soon to be issued Federal debt is nothing to worry about. Today the firm's rapidly self-discrediting economic team shifts its eyes to the deficit, which for the Projected 2010 is now estimated to be a blowout improvement: "$1.575bn (10.7% of GDP) from $1.64bn (11.2%) previously." Well, that's a great comfort. Oh wait, it isn't. "We have not made a formal change to our projection that the deficit will total $10.8 trillion (trn) over the next ten fiscal years given the comparatively small size of the change for FY 2010 and the considerable uncertainty inherent in the longer-term view." $11 trillion deficit. But at least somehow the national debt is nothing to worry about...While we reproduce the full note in its entirety below for those who feel like laughing, we point out Goldman's observations not only on tax receipts, but on tax receipts net of withholdings, a concept which according to some of our colleagues makes no sense. We'll be sure to let Jan Hatzius know asap. "Personal income tax revenues appear to be on the verge of noticeable improvement. Over the first six months of the fiscal year, personal income tax receipts net of refunds are actually down significantly – 8.4% versus our assumption of nearly a 10% decline. Reflecting last year’s sharp drop in personal income, final tax settlements on 2009 returns are running about 11% below year-earlier levels, and refunds (as reported in the Daily Treasury Statement) have been up about 5%. However, withholdings of personal income taxes have improved noticeably in the past two months. [uhm, March yes, April no. see here] While some of this is due to calendar effects (March 2010 had one more business day than March 2009), the underlying trend appears to have moved from deeply negative through January to mildly positive since then [again, no - true for March, false for April]. As the economic recovery continues, we project that this trend will remain positive – between +5% and +10% – over the balance of the fiscal year. This assumption adds $56bn to our estimate for personal income tax receipts, trimming the expected year-to-year setback by nearly two-thirds, to about 3.5%." Ah yes, and just as UBS wishes 2011 will be the new "new revenue story" so do 10 million drunk Irishmen see a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Goldman - meet Unicorn ranch.
All hell is breaking loose in Europe on the just released EuroStat report which presents an "objective" look at various countries' realistic debt and budget deficit pictures sans governmental propaganda and lies. And while Greece is getting pounded for good reason, another country where the discrepancy between estimates and reality was even worse is Portgual, whose deficit EuroStat disclosed at -9.4%, on expectations of a -8% number. In the meantime Goldman is reaping a veritable bonanza trading 1 Year Greek CDS (which is at 900 bps) which now has a 200 bps bid/ask spread! Other entities getting bushwhacked as a result include Ireland, which is 23 wider at 173 bps (nothing flattering about the Irish in the EuroStat report either), and Banco Comercial Portugues SA which is 38 bps wider to 297. PIIGS are officially in freefall after the truth has finally set them free.
What is wrong with this picture: the MTS just announced that the February budget deficit was $220.9 billion, after receipts of just $107.5 billion with vastly surpassed by outlays of $328.4 billion. This is a record. Yet the interest on the public debt was a mere $16.9 billion (page 13 of the MTS report). The reason for this is because as TreasuryDirect points out, in February the interest on public marketable debt (actual cash outlays), which as of Monday stood at $8.061 trillion, hit an all time low of 2.548%. How is it possible that unprecedented debt accumulation can result in ever declining interest rates, and Treasury auctions, such as today's 10 Year reopening, in which the Bid To Cover hit an all time high? One answer: The Federal Reserve, which through complete domination of the entire capital market courtesy of ZIRP and QE has now turned market logic upside down by 180 degrees. In a normal world, the more money you borrow, the greater the associated risk, and the greater the interest payments on this debt. Not in America though. So can we assume that the Fed can forever keep rates on debt at record low levels? No. Which begs the question: what happens when interest rates do finally start going up?
Paging Ken Rogoff: CBO Revises Budget Deficit Higher By $1.2 Trillion, Says In 2020 Debt Will Be Over $20 Trillion, Debt-To-GDP At 90%Submitted by Tyler Durden on 03/05/2010 16:24 -0500
It's Friday after the close - time for the government to sneak one past traders, who are already on their fifth moqito. And sure enough, the bomb today comes from the Congressional Budget Office: The CBO, in an annual analysis of the White House budget proposal, said today that under Obama’s plan deficits would never shrink below 4 percent of the economy between now and 2020. The cumulative deficits would total $9.76 trillion, and debt held by the public would amount to 90 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product by 2020, the CBO said. In other words, the CBO has just confirmed that America has, at best, 10 years before it is officially bankrupt. That's about 9 years of multi-trillion bonuses for Goldman Sachs. Congratulations fellas.
As expected, following earlier protestation by the Greek finance ministry, Erik Nielsen recants (but not entirely). After all, who knows what else the Greek FinMin can disclose about GS swaps and other "financial innovation" exports, should this devolve to a full blown mudslinging competition.
Goldman is not making any friends today (to be expected - Greece likely does not need Goldman's creative swap accounting anymore - after all, they (Greece, not Goldman) are bankrupt right? Why else would they need a bailout). Earlier we first reported about Goldman's novel read of the "revised" Greek budget. It appears Greece is not too happy with this and is already blaming Goldman for data misinterpretation. We await Erik Nielsen's mea culpa.
Goldman's Erik Nielsen lands the bombshell that the Greek deficit mysteriously increased from €29.4 billion to a shopping €37.9 (keep in mind, this is not Bernanke notation where only quad- prefixes impress people at this point). This increases the (running) 2009 budget deficit from 12.2% to 16%! While certainly not the last time we hear of "prior revisions", the question of just how patient Germany will be, should this number approach, oh say, 50% once the artificial support of various Goldman swaps expires (and at 50% the BSDs like Goldman will surely round up to 100%), is very much open.
A terrific chart out of the New York Times, demonstrating succinctly the endless abyss that the actual US budget is becoming (ignore the rosy expectations for a surplus - the likelihood that the US can claw its way back out of the hole at this point are slime to none). The attached article by David Leonhardt, America's Sea of Red Ink Was Years In The Making, is also a good read, and shows just how deep the sovereign debt rabbit hole goes.
Time For Obama To Ban Budget Deficit Next: $118 Billion In Coupons On Deck, $166 Billion Including BillsSubmitted by Tyler Durden on 01/21/2010 12:29 -0500
If only it were as easy to ban the budget deficit. We have $118 billion in coupons on deck to be auctioned off on February 1. Out of curiosity, does the prop trading ban also make quantitative trading, aka the Fed's prop trading operation, also illegal?
The December budget numbers are out and they are ugly. December was the record 15th straight budget deficit in a row with -$91.9 billion more in outflows than inflows, compared to a $51.8 billion deficit in December of 2008. Fiscal 2010 budget deficit so far is -$388.5 billion, and $1.47 trillion for the trailing twelve months.
Two days ago the market ripped a few hundred points after yapping heads couldn't shut up about how next year's budget deficit was going to be revised down by $260 billion, after a stellar financial system managed to ramp up 100% ever since State Street refused to lend any stocks for shorting... ever... and after the FDIC has somehow managed to maintain the bank failure rate at a stellar +/- 10 banks per week. Well, as is usually the case with CNBC, they jumped the shark early in keeping with the overall propaganda directive. The full report that will be released on August 25 will demonstrate that the budget deficit for the next ten years will be worse... by $2 trillion dollars.
Archive this one for the funny pages. It has been leaked by administration officials (and sponged up by Bloomberg), that on August 25, when the CBO releases its updated budget estimate, the 2009 deficit is expected to decline from $1.825 trillion to $1.58 trillion. And, get this, one of the reasons for the reduction is the FDIC spending $78 billion less, presumably due to "fewer bank failures than the administration anticipated." Pardon us, but last time we checked, not only did the FDIC have no cash left in the FDIC, and was effectively in a debtor position vis-a-vis the administration, but of the top 4 banks pending for blow up, Colonial was under (granted with some arbitrarily optimistic loss expectations), Guaranty was about to be hawked over to a few siesta loving left midfielders, and Corus was about to... well, we are not quite sure what the hell Corus is doing these days.
The Congressional Budget Office released its preliminary July 2009 budget numbers - the budget deficit is now expected to be $181 billion, an 80% increase compared to the July 2008 deficit of $101 billion.
The U.S. reported the first April budget deficit in over 25 years, specifically $21 billion on a significant drop in individual and corporate tax receipts. April, which is traditionally the strongest budget revenue month due to the peak in individual tax revenue collection was unable to buck the trend in second derivatives and green shoots and is likely an indication of just how much worse the economy will get with traditional Treasury revenue sources rapidly disappearing. The Congressional Budget Office, which forecasts a $1.75 trillion budget shortfall for the Sept.