And so the US Treasury has hit the proverbial paycheck to paycheck sustenance level. After burning $12.8 billion (without a change in gross debt) in cash today alone, and $75 billion in the month of March so far, primarily driven by a back end-loaded tax refund calendar, according to the Daily Treasury Statement, today’s cash balance dropped to the scary level of just $14.2 billion.
Without the benefit of incremental funding, this is the same amount that the Treasury burns on a good day! In other words, we take back what we said about the US Treasury existing paycheck to paycheck – Geithner now has to scramble to find funding on a day to day basis.
If tomorrow operating outflows surpass $14.2 billion (and, again, the amount was $12.8 billion today) the world’s “greatest” country (i.e. banana republic) runs out of cash, period.
And as the following schedule indicates, there are no Long-Term bond issuances until next week (and the Bill issues are merely funding of rolling issues), we have some trouble seeing how the US Treasury will fund itself for the balance of the week…
And the forward issuance calendar: remember, this is where the bulk of money for deficit funding comes from there days.
On the other side of the ledger, total debt was $14.164 trillion, with $50 billion left in the liquidating SFP account. That means there are just two more 56-Day CMB maturities left before the credit ceiling gimmick expires. Once that happens, and in the absence of any clarity on the debt ceiling debacle, America may soon grind to a halt as the incremental debt capacity is hit in just over a month.
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 03/14/2011 16:22 -0400