Treasury Takes Step 1 in Avoiding the Debt Ceiling

As expected, Treasury has announced that it will allow the $200 billion Supplemental Financing Program to run down to only $5 billion; that will save $195 billion of borrowing authority under the current debt ceiling:

Treasury Issues Debt Management Guidance on the Supplementary Financing Program
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Assistant Secretary for Financial Markets, Mary Miller, today issued the following statement on the Supplementary Financing Program:
“Beginning on February 3, 2011, the balance in the Treasury’s Supplementary Financing Account will gradually decrease to $5 billion, as outstanding Supplementary Financing Program bills mature and are not rolled over. This action is being taken to preserve flexibility in the conduct of debt management policy.”​

Treasury created the SFP in order to help the Fed expand its balance sheet without “printing money” (or, more accurately, “printing reserves”). Under the program, Treasury issues bonds, as usual, but it deposits the proceeds in an account at the Federal Reserve, rather than using them to pay the nation’s bills. The Fed then uses those deposits to purchase assets. Since the money ultimately comes from investors who own the new Treasury bonds, the SFP allows the Fed to expand its balance sheet without creating reserves out of thin air.

With the program winding down — at least until the debt ceiling gets raised — the Fed will have to ask its electronic printing press for another $195 billion if it wants to maintain its targeted portfolio.



3 thoughts on “Treasury Takes Step 1 in Avoiding the Debt Ceiling”

  1. wrend will there be a cost of living increase,
    and a raise in the peoples social security,checks. they need it badly.everything
    going up but wages,the people are hurting
    from this.the poor people are never mention,
    just the middle and the upper class .that
    needs to be address to congress,senators,to the house of represenative,and to the president and vice president,andstaff,not to offend is needed

  2. the poor needs help the most. there not even mention,rareley even if at all.not anything from anyone ealse,but it should be
    looked alot more closely.there more poor in this country than is looked at.and may i do most of the voting ,like i say not to offend anyone.not fare to leave poor to rot,they surrending daily right in this country.the greatest country in the world call home to most.step up to the plate and see to there
    needs.get there please do so thank you.take
    care of the people in country first.

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