Government debt

The buildings of the banking district are seen in Frankfurt, Germany, at dawn on early Sunday, May 31, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
June 04, 2020 - 8:48 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The economy of the 19-country eurozone is forecast to shrink by 8.7% this year as it suffers from the shutdown of business during the pandemic lockdown, the European Central Bank said Thursday. The central bank said it expects a rebound of 5.2% in 2021 and 3.3% in 2022...
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May 27, 2020 - 12:06 am
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A federal control board that oversees Puerto Rico’s finances prepared to vote Wednesday on a revised fiscal plan as it warned the island’s surplus could plunge by 65% and that the government is unable to pay current debt obligations. The plan will serve as a blueprint...
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May 26, 2020 - 9:59 pm
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A federal control board that oversees Puerto Rico’s finances said Tuesday that the island could be hit with a deficit earlier than expected and see its surplus plunge by 65% in upcoming years, warning the government cannot afford to pay current debt obligations. The...
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a press conference following a joint video conference with French President Macron in Berlin, Germany, Monday, May 18, 2020. One topic was the Corona Pandemic and its consequences. (Kay Nietfeld/dpa via AP)
May 19, 2020 - 10:15 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Germany’s agreement to share debt with other EU countries to finance an economic recovery plan is being greeted as an overdue sign of unity in the face of the worst downturn the bloc has ever seen. Chancellor Angela Merkel broke with her country’s longstanding opposition...
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This Sept. 18, 2019 photo shows the U.S. Treasury Department building viewed from the Washington Monument in Washington. The Treasury Department says it will need to borrow a record $2.99 trillion during the current April-June quarter to cover the cost of various rescue efforts dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. Treasury said Monday, May 4, 2020 that the $2.99 trillion it plans to borrow this quarter will far surpass the $530 billion quarterly borrowing it did in the July-September 2008 quarter as it dealt with the 2008 financial crisis. The extraordinary sum of $2.99 trillion of borrowing in a single quarter dwarfs the $1.28 trillion the government borrowed in the bond market for all of 2019. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
May 04, 2020 - 5:49 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The economic paralysis triggered by the coronavirus pandemic is forcing the U.S. Treasury to borrow far more than it ever has before — $2.99 trillion in the current quarter alone. The amount is more than five times the government’s previous record borrowing for a quarter, $569...
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In this Wednesday, April 29, 2020 photo a man walks in front of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany. The European economy shrank by 3.8% in the first quarter, the most since records began, as business activity was frozen by shutdowns aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus. It was the biggest drop since statistics started in 1995 and bigger than the plunge in the midst of the global financial crisis in the first quarter of 2009 after the bankruptcy of U.S. investment bank Lehman Brothers. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
April 30, 2020 - 8:29 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The European Central Bank is stepping up its measures to cushion the economy against a record downturn caused by the lockdowns on business due to the virus outbreak, offering large helpings of cheap credit to banks in hopes it will be passed on to struggling businesses...
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FILE - In this March 3, 2020 file photo, Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell speaks during a news conference to discuss an announcement from the Federal Open Market Committee, in Washington. The Federal Reserve said Friday, April 24, it had $85.8 billion in loans outstanding last week in three of the programs it rolled out last month to protect the economy during the coronavirus pandemic.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
April 29, 2020 - 6:05 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve signaled Wednesday that it will keep its key short-term interest rate near zero for the foreseeable future as part of its extraordinary efforts to bolster an economy that is sinking into its worst crisis since the 1930s. Chairman Jerome Powell noted the gravity...
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A worker disinfects the roof terrace of the Atlantic hotel, in Rome, Wednesday, April 29, 2020. After seven weeks in lockdown to contain one of the world’s worst outbreaks of COVID-19, Italians are regaining some freedoms, starting on May 4, public parks and gardens will re-open and people will be able to visit relatives who live in the same region. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
April 29, 2020 - 2:19 pm
The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Wednesday related to the global economy, the work place and the spread of the virus. ________________________ CENTRAL GOVERNMENTS & BANKS: Countries are slowly trying to...
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FILE - In this March 16, 2020, filer photo, Bank of Japan Gov. Haruhiko Kuroda speaks during a news conference in Tokyo. Japan’s central bank on Monday, April 27, 2020, announced it is making it easier for cash-strapped companies to get funding in response to the growing economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, File)
April 27, 2020 - 12:19 am
BEIJING (AP) — Asian stock markets gained Monday after Japan's central bank promised more asset purchases to shore up financial markets as investors look to central bankers to support the struggling global economy. Tokyo's benchmark surged 2.4% and Shanghai, Hong Kong and Sydney also gained...
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President Donald Trump signs a coronavirus aid package to direct funds to small businesses, hospitals, and testing, in the Oval Office of the White House, Friday, April 24, 2020, in Washington. Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., left, and Jovita Carranza, administrator of the Small Business Administration look on. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
April 24, 2020 - 5:09 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Spend what it takes, Washington said as it confronted the coronavirus. Well over $2 trillion later, it’s unclear where that spending will end. One of the lasting legacies of the coronavirus pandemic will be staggering debts and deficits on the U.S. balance sheet, with shortfalls...
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