Japan's Finance Ministry will request a record 25.3 trillion yen ($257 billion) in debt-servicing costs under its fiscal 2014/15 budget, up 13.7 percent from the amount set aside for this year, a document obtained by Reuters showed on Tuesday.Watch What Happens Next
The decision, aimed at guarding against any future rise in long-term interest rates, underscores the increasing cost Japan must pay to finance its massive public debt.
The country's debt is double the size of its $5 trillion economy and is the biggest among major industrialized nations.
- If interest rates rise to a mere 3%, it will consume 100% of all revenues
- If Japan monetizes interest payments, the Yen will collapse
So, what's it going to be? Both?
My best guess is #2 happens whether or not #1 does any time soon.
Mike "Mish" Shedlock