Bernanke – My Goal is to Wreck Social Security
by Bruce Krasting
In June of each year the Social Security Trust Fund (SSTF) reinvests a significant portion of its investment portfolio in newly issued Special Issue Treasury Securities. The interest rates on these bonds is set by a formula that was established in 1960. The formula was designed to insulate the SSTF from transitory changes in interest rates by averaging market based bond yields over a three-year period.
Bernanke’s Fed has set interest rates at zero the past four years. In 2012 the 1960’s formula has finally caught up with the SSTF. It got murdered on this year’s rollover.
The following is from the SSA (link). It shows what has matured this year and what new investments have been made. I will be breaking down sections of this report, so don’t get eye strain looking at this: