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  •  I don't think you are missing anything (2+ / 0-)
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    whaddaya, Oh Mary Oh

    The interest rate on trust fund assets is based on the average of the  rates on all currently issued government bonds with remaining maturity of 4 or more years, I think.

    Raising real interest rates, or more likely raising nominal rates by raising inflation, would only impact the return on newly issued bonds. New issues will occur only to the extent that we are rolling over bonds that mature and to the extent that we are re-investing some interest earnings. Any change on revenue to the trust funds would be quite small.

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