Total US Public Debt Surged Nearly $3 Trillion…While The Government Is Paying Less To Service Its Debt | US Issues

By SRSrocco – Re-Blogged From Silver Phoenix

… After the U.S. Government added nearly $3 trillion more debt in just the past eight months (fiscal year), the interest paid on the public debt actually declined versus last year.

According to, the U.S. public debt increased from $22.8 trillion to $25.7 trillion during fiscal 2020 (October to May). Thus, total U.S. federal debt has increased by nearly $3 trillion in eight months compared to $1.2 trillion last year… for the entire year!! So, with $3 trillion more debt on the U.S. Government’s balance sheet, you would think the interest expense would have also increased.

NOPE… the U.S. Government paid $337 billion of interest expense so far this year (Oct-May) compared to $354 billion during the same period last year:

How did the U.S. Government get away with paying less interest expense on $3 trillion more debt?? The U.S. Government was able to lower its interest expense because the interest rate on the debt declined significantly over the past 12 months. The average interest rate on U.S. public debt in May 2019 was 2.50% compared to 1.84% in May 2020, highlighted in (YELLOW).

However, the biggest factor that pulled down the average interest rates was the change in the rate of U.S. Treasury Bills highlighted in BLUE. The Treasury Bill’s interest rate fell from 2.47% in May 2019 to 0.40% in May 2020. That’s a massive decline in the interest expense paid to Treasury Bill holders.

And, if we look at the next chart, we can see that in May 2020, the outstanding U.S. Treasury Bills, which accounted for $4.6 trillion, was 45% of the $10.2 trillion of Treasury Notes. But, the total interest expense paid during Oct-May from these Bills was only $26 billion (18%) compared to $141 billion paid from the outstanding Treasury Notes. Simply put, with total U.S. Treasury Bills being a little less than half of the Treasury Notes, the interest paid on these Bills was only 18% of the Notes.

Of course, the falling interest rate on the Treasury Bills was partly due to the enormous Stock Market sell-off as investors moved out of stocks and into Treasuries for protection. But, the Treasury Bill interest rate should have bottomed in March to coincide with the bottom in the U.S. stock indexes… CORRECT? NOPE.. again. Here are the Treasury Bill’s interest rates for the past five months:

Treasury Bill’s Interest Rate:

Jan 2020 = 1.68%

Feb 2020 = 1.64%

Mar 2020 = 1.22%

Apr 2020 = 0.60%

May 2020 = 0.40%

With the Dow Jones Index ROARING BACK from a low of 18,200 on March 23rd to a high of 25,750 at the end of May, a staggering 41% increase, wouldn’t the Treasury Bill’s interest rate head back higher???