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US national debt skyrockets to record $34.4 trillion

The United States is grappling with an unprecedented surge in its national debt, which has reached a staggering $34.4 trillion as of Wednesday. This figure marks a significant milestone, highlighting the alarming rate at which the debt is accumulating. In the past few months alone, the nation’s debt has seen two $1 trillion jumps, occurring at a rate of approximately every 100 days since June. This accelerated pace underscores the growing financial burden faced by the country, with no signs of slowing down.

US national debt skyrockets to record $34.4 trillion

According to Bank of America investment strategist Michael Hartnett, the trend of $1 trillion increases every 100 days is likely to persist. This projection comes as the nation braces itself for further economic strain amid mounting debt obligations. The surge in US debt has reverberated across financial markets, with assets like gold and Bitcoin hitting record highs. Spot gold is currently trading around $2,084 per ounce, while Bitcoin recently reached $61,443. This surge in alternative assets reflects growing investor concern over the stability of traditional currencies.

Moody’s Investors Service has downgraded its ratings outlook on the US government from stable to negative. The decision, made in November, is attributed to escalating risks to the country’s fiscal strength. Moody’s warns that without effective fiscal policy measures to address government spending or revenue, the US’s fiscal deficits will remain alarmingly high, significantly impacting debt affordability. As the nation grapples with its ever-mounting debt burden, policymakers face increasing pressure to implement measures aimed at curbing spending and bolstering revenue. Failure to address these challenges could have far-reaching consequences for the country’s economic stability and global standing.

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