Saudi Arabia Issues Warning: US Debt Burden Has Reached Same Ratio as Italy

Total US Debt soared to 101.5% of GDP in May under the leadership of Barack Obama. (Zero Hedge)

Saudi Arabia’s National Commercial Bank has issued a warning to investors that the US debt burden has reached the same ratio as Italy.
World Tribune reported:

Saudi Arabia has warned the financial community of a decline of the U.S. dollar.

Saudi Arabia’s National Commercial Bank said the debt burden of the United States has reached the same ratio of Italy, deemed a default risk. In a report, the Jedda-based bank warned that the downgrade of the U.S. credit rating from triple A status would reduce energy demand and prices, a move expected to harm the Saudi kingdom.

“Foreign central banks maintain a large share of their foreign currency reserves in U.S. treasuries because it is the deepest and most liquid bond market,” the report said. “But, international funds that limit their investments to AAA-rated bonds may dump the U.S. holdings, causing the U.S. dollar to depreciate. Yet, mutual fund investment guidelines do retain some flexibility regarding the handling of such matters.”

The report, titled “The Standard and Poor’s Downgrade of U.S. and Its Implications on the Saudi Economy,” however, said the Gulf Cooperation Council state could withstand the decline of the U.S. dollar. NCB said Saudi Arabia wielded a large reserve to ensure government programs over the next few years.

Saudi Arabia is said to hold about $492 billion in U.S. debt. The report said Washington was certain to honor its obligations, and that the United States could print money at any time.

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