Julie Chinnock is 50 years old and owes about $250,000 in student loans. She was happy to get a new payment plan that lowered her monthly bill, but the holders of two bonds backed by her loans were probably less cheerful.
The two bonds were due in 2043 and 2054, but Ms. Chinnock and other borrowers were paying less each month under a new government plan that tied debt payments to income. Because borrowers were taking longer to pay off their loans, there was a risk the bonds backed by the loans wouldn’t be paid off in time. Bond-rating firms were watching and getting ready to downgrade the highly rated bonds, potentially causing losses for investors.
The issuer of the bonds and the investors who owned them hatched a plan to avoid the downgrades. Their solution: make sure bonds were paid off in time by extending their maturity dates by decades. The bonds that include a big chunk of Ms. Chinnock’s loans now mature in 2083, when she will turn 114.
I’M OF TWO MINDS, HERE. ON THE ONE HAND, THIS IS MY SHOCKED FACE. ON THE OTHER HAND PERHAPS THAT’S A MUCH BETTER ALTERNATIVE THAN THEIR DOING THEIR WORK OF INTERFERING WITH OUR LIVES? Epidemic of Government Employees Watching Porn on Taxpayer Time.
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