“A coming debt crisis in the US?” warns a Deutsche Bank report* by Quinn Brody and Torsten Slok.
This graph is gorgeous. US deficits have, historically, been driven overwhelmingly by the state of the business cycle, and have very little to do with tax policies and spending decisions that dominate press coverage. In booms, income rises, so tax rate times income rises. In busts, the opposite, plus “automatic stabilizer” spending kicks in.
Until now. Continue reading