What is the Effect of Debt on the Global Economy?

what to consider for long-term financial planning in Palm Beach

The national debt is a measurement of how much the federal government owes creditors, most commonly depicted as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP). A high debt-to-GDP ratio is considered viable when the economy is expanding because that growth allows the government to generate higher tax revenues to help pay down the debt.  

However, it’s not good when the economy is in decline, which is the current status not only in the U.S. but in many countries throughout the world.1 Although the national debt may not play a major role in your day-to-day finances, it is an important vector to consider for long-term financial planning in Palm Beach.  

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How Much Does the U.S. Owe? 

For context, the stimulus efforts and tax cuts that allowed the U.S. to emerge from the Great Recession significantly increased the national public debt. In 2010, the debt ratio was 52of GDP, but by the end of 2019, it had risen to 79%, the largest increase in any decade since the post-WWII 1940s.2 But now, according to the Congressional Budget Office, the U.S. debt ratio is estimated to reach 98by the end of the year.3 


How Do I Keep My Personal Debt Down While the National Debt Rises?   

Speaking of debt, how has your household fared in the wake of this year’s economic decline? Has your debt-to-income ratio increased substantially, or do you have it under control with plenty of income to cover your expenses  

It can be a challenge to balance your need to pay off debt with your need to invest in the future. It’s a good idea to maintain a balance so you can continue reducing debt while saving for the long-term and financial planning in Palm Beach can help you do that.   

Its also important to regularly evaluate your financial strategy to ensure it reflects your current goals and objectives, so please keep us in mind any time you’re considering making changes to your strategy. 


Should We Expect More Stimulus Packages Despite the National Debt?   

At the recent Bloomberg New Economy Forum, there were calls for more government stimulus support to boost consumer spending and keep the economy running, and not just in the U.S. Christine Lagarde, the president of the European Central Bank, warned that stimulus needs to continue playing a role until the virus is contained. Like many countries across the globeSoutheast Asia took a hit during the second quarter, rebounded in the third, and has braced for increased outbreaks occurring in the final quarter of 2020.4 


How Will Debt Affect Global Markets?   

Wall Street analysts warn that it won’t take much for the U.S.Europe, and Japan economies to contract again in the next two quarters, despite the bounce back last summer.5 Overall, economists expect the global economy to shrink by 5in 2020, in part due to the 20% reduction in world trade.6  

One idea to help rebuild economies is to retrain workers who have lost jobs during the pandemic in fields, such as cybersecurity, software programming, and other technical positions.7 

what to consider for long-term financial planning in Palm Beach

Need Help with Your Financial Planning in Palm Beach? 

Just because the national debt is growing, doesn’t mean your debt has to. Our team at Legacy Financial Partners can give you the tools to keep a balanced budget. Call us today and learn more!  


1 John Letzing. World Economic Forum. Nov. 5, 2020. “Countries are piling on record amounts of debt amid COVID-19. Here’s what that means.” https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/11/covid-19-has-countries-borrowing-money-just-about-as-quickly-as-they-can-print-it/. Accessed Nov. 24, 2020. 

2 Peter G. Peterson Foundation. Dec. 19, 2019. “Nine trillion added to the national debt over the last decade.”; https://www.pgpf.org/blog/2019/12/9-trillion-added-to-the-national-debt-over-the-last-decade. Accessed Nov. 24, 2020. 

3 Investopedia. Sept. 23, 2020. “The National Debt Explained”; https://www.investopedia.com/updates/usa-national-debt/. Accessed Nov. 24, 2020. 

4 Bloomberg. Nov. 23, 2020. “World Leaders Urge Pressing the Pedal on Stimulus.” https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-11-18/tokyo-bolsters-push-to-lure-business-from-hong-kong-nef-update. Accessed Nov. 24, 2020. 

5 Enda Curran and Jeff Black. BloombergQuint. Nov. 17, 2020. “World Economy Teeters Near New Slump, Defying Vaccine Optimism.” https://www.bloombergquint.com/global-economics/world-economy-risks-buckling-into-2021-despite-vaccine-nearing. Accessed Nov. 24, 2020. 

6 Dr. Dan Steinbock. The Street. Nov. 23, 2020. “World’s Largest Free-Trade Pact Inspiration for Global Recovery.” https://www.thestreet.com/economonitor/news/from-rcep-and-brics-to-apec-and-g20-summits-worlds-largest-free-trade-pact-inspiration-for-global-recovery. Accessed Nov. 24, 2020. 

7 Rory Heilakka. World Economic Forum. Nov. 24, 2020. “How upskilling could help cities rebuild after Coronavirus.” https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/11/how-upskilling-could-help-cities-rebuild-after-coronavirus/. Accessed Nov. 24, 2020.  


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