Links: 2013-01-08

North America
Consumers Take on More Debt - Real Time Economics - WSJ
"U.S. consumers’ overall borrowing expanded in November at a quicker pace than the previous month, led by bank loans and student borrowing.The total outstanding dollar amount of credit card, auto and other loans excluding home loans increased from October by a seasonally adjusted $16.05 billion to $2.768 trillion, a Federal Reserve report showed Tuesday.Consumer credit rose at a 7% annualized rate in November, after expanding 6.17% the previous month. That marks the fourth straight month of gains."
'Joke' Solution to Debt-Ceiling Clash Gets Serious Study -
"What if Washington's next debt clash, widely expected to be as bitter as the "fiscal cliff" fight, could be resolved with the minting of a $1 trillion coin?Th...

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