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Investment Risks of a
Debt Ceiling Crisis
By: www.ProfitableInvestingTips.com
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ause the US government routinely runs a
deficit it needs to borrow money to finance its
obligations. It does this by selling securities,
US Treasury bonds, bills, and other securities.
On one hand Congress passes a budget and
the President signs it which defines roughly
what the government plans to spend. Then
there is income from taxes which has not
offset spending since 2001, the last year the
US Government ran at a surplus.
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Because of recurrent budget deficits the US
Treasury (which sells securities) needs
permission to borrow as the debt limit is a
set number. In 2023 that debt limit will
soon be passed and Congress will need to
raise the legal debt ceiling or risk having
the United States of America go into
default on its debts. At Profitable Investing
Tips we are concerned about investment
risks of a debt ceiling crisis which is
currently brewing.
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What Happens if the USA Defaults on
Its Debt Obligations?
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The New York Times writes about potential
debt default and its consequences.
Meanwhile, Treasury Secretary Janet
Yellen testified before Congress that by
January 19, 2023 the US will pass the
debt ceiling and special measures will be
needed to keep paying bills. When these
“special measures” run out it is called the
“x date” which will be somewhere in mid-
summer.
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The effects on the economy and financial
markets of the richest country in the world
defaulting on its debts could be
catastrophic. During the Obama
administration in 2011 the debt limit was
almost reached and the stock market fell
while volatility peaked. Even after an
agreement was reached it took six months
for the stock market to recover.
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That was when Standard and Poor’s
downgraded US debt for the first time
ever saying it was because of the inability
of the two parties to come together and
govern competently. If the US were to
default it would result in significantly
higher interest rates for the US to borrow
going forward.
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How to Invest for a Debt Ceiling Crisis
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Forbes considers how to invest for a debt
ceiling debacle and agrees with the likes
of Kiplinger that a true default is unlikely
because of the dire consequences. The
problem today as we see it is the leverage
that a small group of far right members
have on the Republican majority in the
House of Representatives.
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These folks basically got elected to “burn
everything down” and do not see a
downside to economic catastrophe. When
we look back at the market during the
2011 debt crisis the S&P 500 fell for six
months and defense stocks (dependent on
government spending) fell for six months
but Coca Cola did not budge nor did
Procter & Gamble. Duke Energy went up
while Microsoft pretty much traded
sideways.
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The Congress That Cried Wolf and the
Debt Ceiling Crisis
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The stock market has already been
weakened by inflation and Fed rate hikes.
One could make the argument that there
is not much farther for the market to fall.
We would think this to be a bad bet. When
we scan the various opinions about the
potential default on US debt we see that
Congress has upped the debt ceiling
dozens of times over the years.
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We have had close calls like in 2011 and
during the Clinton administration but
adults in Congress have always, finally,
prevailed and raised the debt ceiling.
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An important part of this to consider is that
about 97% of US debt is money that has
already been spent so this fight has
nothing to do with lowering spending
going forward but simply not paying what
we already owe. We believe that investors
(and all of the pundits) have been lured
into a false sense of security because
those who “cried wolf” about debt default
have always been proven wrong in the
end.
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In the end when staunch fiscal
conservatives with no political downside
(for them) to their actions play the game
of chicken a bit too far and too long credit
markets could freeze up, business grind to
a halt, and the markets fall worse than in
2008.
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At such a time people will still turn on the
electric lights (Duke Energy), drink Coca
Cola, and buy dish soap (Procter &
Gamble) but Raytheon and General
Dynamics and the broader market might
just shut their doors and watch losses
mount for months.
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Years ago we wrote about investing in
beer as folks enjoy their brew in good
times and use it to drown their sorrows
during bad. Now we just have to wait to
see if the adults show up (as they
generally have) and make sure that the
USA pays its debts.
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about investments and investing, visit
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