There’s been some buzz in the markets lately, concerning the health of America’s sovereign debt. The nation owes other countries about USD 5,7 trillion, and about 3 trillion is due this year. Investors are worried that the US won’t be able to borrow much more, at least not to the same low price, and that big buyers of US Treasuries, like China and Russia, may start dumping their bonds to put USA in a financial squeeze. Well, I wouldn’t worry too much. You see, most countries who are lending money to the American government are receiving huge loans from US banks. The next victim of the debt crisis is probably not USA, nor the EU.
“Claims on advanced economies contracted by $342 billion between end-December 2012 and end-March 2013, mostly due to reduced claims on banks and related offices. This marked the sixth consecutive quarterly decline in interbank positions on advanced economies and brought the cumulative reduction since end-September 2011 to $1.9 trillion. In contrast, claims on borrowers in emerging economies increased by $265 billion between end-December 2012 and end-March 2013.”
Germany – USD 1,8 trillion.
France – USD 1,6 trillion
Netherlands – USD 1,9 trillion.
- Other EU bank: 1,5 trillion.
- France: 200.200 million.
- Australia: 121.577 million.
- Canada: 102.963 million.
- Other EU banks: 1,1 trillion.
- France: 198.000 million.
- Austria: 37,914 million.
- Canada: 23.838 million.
- Other EU banks: 714,235 million.
- Canada: 24,612 million.
- Belgium: 23,536 million.
- Austria: 13,442 million.
- Other EU banks: 577,427 million.
- France: 156,857 million.
- Belgium: 22,746 million.
- Canada: 13,722 million.
- United Kingdom – USD 2,6 trillion.
- Germany – USD 1,5 trillion.
- France – USD 1,2 trillion.
- Netherlands – USD 0,8 trillion.
“The latest international banking statistics show diverging trends in credit to advanced economies and emerging markets. Claims on advanced economies contracted by $342 billion between end-December 2012 and end-March 2013, mostly due to reduced claims on banks and related offices. This marked the sixth consecutive quarterly decline in interbank positions on advanced economies and brought the cumulative reduction since end-September 2011 to $1.9 trillion. In contrast, claims on borrowers in emerging economies increased by $265 billion between end-December 2012 and end-March 2013. The expansion was driven mostly by credit to emerging economies in Asia, especially China. In recent years, BIS reporting banks’ exposure to Asian credit risk has increased even more rapidly than their lending to Asian borrowers because lending has been accompanied by a reduction in net credit risk transfers out of the region.”
That means we now have a USD 30 trillion (+) debt bubble in transit between different parts of the world! (At the same time the richest people in the world has more than 20 trillion stacked away in places like Claman Island to avoid taxes.).
The Asians now owe other countries – mostly European – close to USD 2 trillion, with China‘s debt closing in on USD 600,000 million.
The rest is as follows:
South Korea: 309,363 million,
India: 304,920 million.
Chinese Taipei: 161,404
Malaysia: 155,500 million
Thailand: 102,299 million
Indonesia: 100,770 million.
Statistics at end-March 2013 are preliminary and subject to change.
Revised data and an analysis of recent trends will be released in conjunction with the forthcoming BIS Quarterly Review, to be published on 16 September 2013. Data at end-June 2013 will be released no later than 23 October 2013.
- UK economy: a miraculous recovery – or a blip in a longer-term decline? (theguardian.com)
- The real state of the world economy is dire (goldswitzerland.com)
- The On-Going Collapse Of The U.S. Treasury Bond Market Is A Disaster In The Making (blacklistednews.com)
- Local government debt in China may trigger a financial crisis (wantchinatimes.com)
- Japan’s debt: 1,000,000,000,000,000 yen (smartplanet.com)