What does this sentence mean?
The private sector is seeking to run down its debts.
A similar construction is the following one:
The Janets must be prepared to dissave, to run down their assets.
Is "to run down your assets" the same as "to dissave"? Do these expressions more broadly mean "to spend", or is there any subtle difference between them?
For reference, the above quotes were taken from http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/25/death-by-accounting-identity/ and http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/11/25/death-by-hawkery/.