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 Post subject: Re: The National Debt
PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 11:47 am 
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Paying down debt Vs. spending on public services.
It's not an either or proposition. You can do both.

Consider the knock on effects.
Pumped up house prices = pumped up public/health services wages. People have to live somewhere. It's a vicious circle.

Right now, we're threading water paying the interest. Meanwhile the principle is still hanging there until the next crash.
It's the effect of this compound interest working in reverse that we should be thinking about.
The borrower is always servant to the lender.


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 Post subject: Re: The National Debt
PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:25 pm 
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snaps wrote:
Paying down debt Vs. spending on public services.
It's not an either or proposition. You can do both.

Consider the knock on effects.
Pumped up house prices = pumped up public/health services wages. People have to live somewhere. It's a vicious circle.

Right now, we're threading water paying the interest. Meanwhile the principle is still hanging there until the next crash.
It's the effect of this compound interest working in reverse that we should be thinking about.
The borrower is always servant to the lender.


Problem is that for our parish pump governments intend on buying votes

Buying Votes (Getting re-elected) >>> Paying off debt (and avoiding the long term consequences)

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 Post subject: Re: The National Debt
PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:50 pm 
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The reason the debt went to 40B was because the government were unsustainably but delightedly taking in 10s of billions a year.....

Nooooooo! The €40bn was the debt from Haughey and Fitzgeralds governments that was incurred in the 1980s and never paid off during the celtic tiger era.

However solvent AAA rated Ireland was paying interest rates of around 4-5% on that small debt in the late 2000s

The Draghi legacy means less solvent and less AAA rated Ireland was issuing 10 year paper at 0.8% interest only last week.

In other words the servicing costs have tanked and we can service €200bn for not vastly more than we spent servicing €40bn 10 years back.

I do agree with Snaps that such low rates will not last forever and putting a proper dinge in that €200bn would be a great idea. But right now our DEBT/GDP ratio is around that of Germany and coming down faster and the premium for Irish debt over bunds is a small one now. Absent a major upheaval around Brexit time, we are finally safe.

However after 2020 (which will be funded in just over a year by the NTMA BTW) we only have around €10bn coming up for refinancing in any given year and higher interest rates will apply to that not to the whole pile of €200bn .

The long term legacy after 2020 is that we will spend €4.7-5bn servicing debt and that we spent €1.7-2bn before the crisis doing that.

€3bn net worse off every year, 1% of current GDP, unless we actually pay some of the debt off now and then.

Coulda been worse, thank fuck for Mario Draghi. :)

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 Post subject: Re: The National Debt
PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 2:59 pm 
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2Pack wrote:
sorehead wrote:
The reason the debt went to 40B was because the government were unsustainably but delightedly taking in 10s of billions a year.....

Nooooooo! The €40bn was the debt from Haughey and Fitzgeralds governments that was incurred in the 1980s and never paid off during the celtic tiger era.


Fact.

http://www.ntma.ie/business-areas/fundi ... ical-debt/


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 Post subject: Re: The National Debt
PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 3:10 pm 
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Braighni wrote:
2Pack wrote:
sorehead wrote:
The reason the debt went to 40B was because the government were unsustainably but delightedly taking in 10s of billions a year.....

Nooooooo! The €40bn was the debt from Haughey and Fitzgeralds governments that was incurred in the 1980s and never paid off during the celtic tiger era.


Fact.

http://www.ntma.ie/business-areas/fundi ... ical-debt/


Look at the LEFT hand column for Gods sake, it was the same €40bn rolling over year to year from 1996 to 2006 incl. :D

It was the infamous 1980s debt which finally stopped going up around 1994 (IIRC), we spend 15 years rolling it over thereafter. We paid nothing off during the celtic tiger era but we borrowed nothing either.

We paid well over 7% interest in 1994 on IR30bn or €36bn of debt and over 8% in 1992

https://www.oireachtas.ie/en/debates/de ... B5%5D=debt

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The estimate as published in the 1994 White Paper of receipts and expenditure for servicing the national debt, including provision for sinking funds and expenses of issuing debt, in 1994 is £2,229 million. The corresponding servicing costs for 1991, 1992 and 1993 were as follows: 1993, £2,390 million; 1992, £2,355 million; 1991, £2,353 million.


Thats €3bn a year back then and will be €5bn from 2021 onwards.

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 Post subject: Re: The National Debt
PostPosted: Mon Jul 16, 2018 3:41 pm 
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I was looking at that NTMA table, as far as I could see the NPRF wasn't included, presumably as it was FF-guaranteed to only be used for pensions. https://www.rte.ie/news/business/2007/0 ... 0-pension/

The NPRF ended up just being cash and other assets for the NTMA.

E.G in 2007 the NPRF was valued at 21B, so net debt would have been (37.6B - 21B) = 16.6B.

FF were simultaneously reducing debt, adding to the NPRF, and increasing spending massively (mainly on salaries). Sadly, as things turned out, the fundamentals weren't sound and it didn't work out well in the end.


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 Post subject: Re: The National Debt
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The NPRF was mainly emptied to buy the zombie banks (rather than nationalise them with IMF debt etc) rather than fund current expenditure. You are correct on the net debt being under €20bn once the NPRF was netted off.

The new NPRF is the ISIF which has around €20bn in assets.

http://isif.ie/portfolio/performance/overview/

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The Directed Portfolio (public policy investments in Allied Irish Banks, Bank of Ireland and the Strategic Banking Corporation of Ireland made at the direction of the Minister for Finance) was valued at €11.2 billion at 30 June 2017.
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 Post subject: Re: The National Debt
PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2018 12:14 pm 
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2Pack wrote:
Braighni wrote:
2Pack wrote:
Nooooooo! The €40bn was the debt from Haughey and Fitzgeralds governments that was incurred in the 1980s and never paid off during the celtic tiger era.

Fact.
http://www.ntma.ie/business-areas/fundi ... ical-debt/

Look at the LEFT hand column for Gods sake, it was the same €40bn rolling over year to year from 1996 to 2006 incl. :D

I wasn't arguing with you. Was backing you up.


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 Post subject: Re: The National Debt
PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2018 2:43 pm 
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Braighni wrote:
2Pack wrote:
Look at the LEFT hand column for Gods sake, it was the same €40bn rolling over year to year from 1996 to 2006 incl. :D

I wasn't arguing with you. Was backing you up.

2Pack wrote:
You are correct on the net debt being under €20bn once the NPRF was netted off.

Though now as we've seen the net debt was in fact reduced to around 16.6B. I remember optimistic projections that we were a year or two away from zero net debt.

Ireland's books were like Anglo's, anyone looking just at the provided figures could have thought everything was rosy.


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 Post subject: Re: The National Debt
PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2018 2:57 pm 
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Two icebergs on the horizon from the crow's nest of the Titanic:

Obviously a movement to a true interest rate. The Fed is already on the up and up.

Massive dependance on the Paye taxpayer, with erosion of that tax base in the next decade through further offshoring, automation and robotics.

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