Government debt

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, left, leaves a meeting with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky. as negotiations continue on a coronavirus relief package on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
August 05, 2020 - 9:28 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department will ramp up the size of the bonds and other securities it auctions across-the-board in the face of the unprecedented borrowing needs of the the U.S. government as cases of COVID-19 surge in parts of the country. Treasury officials said Wednesday that the...
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File-This Thursday, June 6, 2019, photo shows the U.S. Treasury Department building at dusk, in Washington. The Treasury Department is projecting government borrowing of $947 billion in the current July-September period, which would be a record for the quarter but down from the all-time high of $2.75 trillion in this year's second quarter. Treasury officials announced Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, that the government also plans to borrow $1.22 trillion in the October-December period. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
August 03, 2020 - 3:49 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Treasury Department is projecting government borrowing of $947 billion in the current July-September period, which would be a record for the quarter but down from the all-time high of $2.75 trillion in this year's second quarter. Treasury officials also announced Monday that...
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July 31, 2020 - 7:18 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fitch has lowered the outlook for its U.S. government credit rating to “negative” from “stable” due to soaring budget deficits, but the agency is keeping its overall rating at the highest AAA level. Fitch said Friday that the downgraded outlook reflects the surge in government...
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FILE - In this April 16, 2020, file photo, a customer puts gold bars on basket for sell to a gold shop in Bangkok, Thailand. The price of gold surged more than $30 on Monday, July 27, 2020 to over $1,926 per ounce as investors step up buying of the precious metal often sought in times of uncertainty. Gold was trading at $1,926.20 by early afternoon in Asia, up 1.5%, after surging over the weekend. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit, File)
July 27, 2020 - 5:16 pm
Wall Street is in the throes of a gold rush, as investors drive the price of the precious metal to new heights. Gold has been the best investment of the year so far. The price of the precious metal has climbed nearly 27% this year, more than triple the return of the largest U.S. bond funds and...
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FILE - In this May 14, 2015 file photo, construction workers chat in front of a billboard for state investment fund 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) at the fund's flagship Tun Razak Exchange development in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Goldman Sachs reaches $3.9 billion settlement with Malaysia over scandal-plagued 1MDB sovereign wealth fund. (AP Photo/Joshua Paul, File)
July 24, 2020 - 9:05 am
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s government said Friday it has reached a $3.9 billion settlement with Goldman Sachs in exchange for dropping criminal charges against the bank over bond sales that raised money for the 1MDB sovereign wealth fund, which was looted of billions of dollars in a...
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FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2020 file photo, President Donald Trump's nominee to the Federal Reserve, Judy Shelton, appears before the Senate Banking Committee for a confirmation hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington. In a shift, the Senate Banking Committee is likely to back President Donald Trump's unconventional nomination of Shelton for the Federal Reserve's Board of Governors in a party-line vote Tuesday, July 21. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
July 21, 2020 - 3:59 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Banking Committee on Tuesday approved President Donald Trump's choice of Judy Shelton for the Federal Reserve board of governors on a party-line vote, overcoming widespread questions about her qualifications for the Fed. Committee Chairman Sen. Mike Crapo, Republican of...
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel, left, and French President Emmanuel Macron walk onto the podium prior to a media conference at the end of an EU summit in Brussels, Tuesday, July 21, 2020. Weary European Union leaders finally clinched an unprecedented budget and coronavirus recovery fund early Tuesday, finding unity after four days and as many nights of fighting and wrangling over money and power in one of their longest summits ever. (John Thys, Pool Photo via AP)
July 21, 2020 - 11:00 am
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — European leaders took a historic step towards sharing financial burdens among the EU's 27 countries by agreeing to borrow and spend together to pull the economy out of the deep recession caused by the virus outbreak. Pushed by Germany's Angela Merkel and France's Emmanuel...
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FILE This April 16, 2020 photo shows a real estate company sign marking a home for sale in Harmony, Pa. U.S. homeowners are seizing on historically low mortgage rates to refinance their mortgages. Refinancing is outpacing home purchase loans as job losses and economic uncertainty put off would-be buyers. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
July 16, 2020 - 4:26 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — With the 30-year mortgage rate falling this week below 3% for the first time in a half-century, more U.S. homeowners are likely to seize the chance to refinance their home loans. Americans refinanced nearly 2 million home loans from January through April, more than double the...
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Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is received by Portugal's Prime Minister Antonio Costa, right, at the Sao Bento palace in Lisbon, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. Southern European countries are mounting a show of strength as negotiations over how much money they get from the EU, and in what form, comes to a crunch. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)
July 07, 2020 - 4:22 pm
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — New forecasts predicting the European Union’s economy is headed for a steep decline underscore the need for quick approval of a proposed recovery fund to help its 27 member countries, the leaders of Italy and Portugal said Tuesday. “The figures demonstrate the urgency of...
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Builders work on ascaffolding in London, Wednesday, June 17, 2020. After the easing of lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic, most construction companies have restarted their business but official figures show that the British economy shrank by a colossal 20.4% in April, the first full month that the country was in its lockdown. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)
June 18, 2020 - 10:50 am
LONDON (AP) — The Bank of England unveiled another big stimulus for the U.K. economy as it tries to limit the scale of the coronavirus recession, which it now thinks will be “less severe” than it thought last month. In a statement Thursday, the bank’s policy making panel said it was increasing its...
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