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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

National Debt to Exceed $10 Trillion Tomorrow

by Calculated Risk on 9/30/2008 07:54:00 PM

It now looks like the National Debt will be over $10 Trillion tomorrow.

As of Sept 29th, the debt was $9,945,578,231,981.59

The surge in the National Debt over the last two weeks has been because of the Supplementary Financing Program (SFP) with the Treasury raising cash for the Fed's liquidity initiatives (announced a couple of weeks ago).

Today the Treasury sold $45 billion in 15 day Cash Management Bills that are all for the Fed. Tomorrow the Treasury will sell $50 billion in 42 day bills also for the Fed. And that Wednesday auction should put the National Debt over the $10 Trillion mark (we will know on Thursday).

For good measure, the Treasury is also selling another $45 billion for the Fed on Thursday.

The good news is the borrowing rates are pretty low!

Even though this rapid increase in the debt is being driven by the Fed's liquidity initiatives (and should be paid back), crossing $10 trillion will still be quite a milestone ...