Where can I find info on the net debt of the different countries in the world? As an example of how this is a more fair and accurate gauge net debt is over gross debt, let's use an example: Japan has a gross debt of 180% to GDP. However, a *LOT* of this money is from the acquisition of banks. These banks and other industries that the Japanese government bought out has an intrinsic value. Therefore, when we subtract the intrinsic values of these holdings from gross debt, we get the net debt. The net debt of Japan to GDP is more like 85% according to the Economist.
As an analogy for a corporate takeover. The Enterprise Value of a
company is = All Stocks + All Bonds - All Cash.
The Net Debt of Nations
- posted 10 years ago