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  • Mark Sanford speaks at the LPAC conference in Chantilly, Virginia

    Trump Gets a Fiscally Focused Challenger

    By Michael Rainey

    Mark Sanford announced Sunday that he is running for president, becoming the third Republican to challenge President Trump for the nomination in 2020. The former South Carolina congressman said he...

  • As Debt Costs Rise, Governments Turn to Health Care for Savings

    By Michael Rainey

    High levels of government debt spur governments to rein in health care costs, according to a new report from economists at Goldman Sachs. And efforts to reduce health care inflation may help explain...

  • A photo illustration shows U.S. Dollar and euro banknotes in Vienna March 16, 2015.     REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader

    Chart of the Day: Comparing Debt Costs

    By The Fiscal Times Staff

    The U.S. stands out from other developed countries when it comes to the cost of its government debt. Bloomberg’s Justin Fox says that the interest burden of government debt is both larger in the U.S...

  • A sign marks the U.S Treasury Department in Washington

    Should the US Issue 100-Year Bonds?

    By Michael Rainey

    Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Wednesday that the U.S. is considering issuing ultra-long U.S. bonds – debt in 50- or 100-year durations. “If the conditions are right, then I would anticipate...

  • Is a Big Jump in Federal Spending Now Inevitable?

    By Michael Rainey

    A group of influential investors and policy wonks says that a major expansion of government spending appears all but inevitable in the next few years. Barry Ritholtz, a Bloomberg columnist who runs...

  • White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow speaks during a meeting of the Economic Club of New York in New York

    Larry Kudlow Again Says That US Debt Isn’t a Problem

    By Michael Rainey

    Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council, said Tuesday that in his view the $22.5 trillion national debt is not a pressing issue. "I don't see this as a huge problem at all right now...

  • Senator Kamala Harris speaks during the second night of the first U.S. 2020 presidential election Democratic candidates debate in Miami, Florida, U.S.

    Kamala Harris Smacked Down a Question on How to Pay for Progressive Agenda

    Sen. Kamala Harris shook up the Democratic presidential primaries with her debate performance Thursday night. She’s widely seen as the clear winner from the second night of the debates, having...

  • <strong>The biggest risk is losing money in the market.</strong><br/><br/>Over time, it's almost impossible to avoid losing money in the market, even for the best stock picker. But the greater risk is outliving your savings. Unless you expect to die in th

    Zero Interest Rates Ahead?

    By Michael Rainey

    Reflecting on the latest budget projections from the Congressional Budget Office, which show relentlessly rising debt and interest costs over the next 30 years, Bloomberg’s Noah Smith says that one...

  • A cyclist passes the U.S. Capitol in Washington

    Growth of US Debt Slows, but Record Levels Still Ahead

    By Michael Rainey

    The national debt will reach “unprecedented levels” over the next 30 years, according to the new long-term budget outlook released Tuesday by the Congressional Budget Office. Federal outlays will...

  • Is Big Government Making a Comeback?

    By Michael Rainey

    Recognizing a growing hostility toward major social welfare programs, President Bill Clinton famously announced that “the era of big government is over” back in 1996. Twenty years later, Democratic...

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