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Markets have been sanguine regarding a potential debt ceiling crisis. In my view, it seems more likely than not a deal will be done by November 3rd. But what are the possible implications if the debt ceiling debate once again goes down to the wire?
To write the incredibly obvious, equities would become weak, reversing the very narrow and myopic gains of the last two weeks. To remind all, the current advance is predicated upon more global central bank stimulus and data suggesting the FOMC will hold off raising rates until 2016.
What about Treasuries if a debt ceiling agreement is not reached? Some have stated Treasuries would rally, even if there is a short term default. I completely disagree. In my view even suggesting defaulting for political purposes is absolutely reckless.
Borrowing is dependent upon trust and confidence the borrower will be repaid on a timely basis and any such default will forever change the financial system. I believe at minimum treasury investors would now demand a premium.
Many on both the left and right have decried about the lack of meaningful growth. I believe one does not have to look any further than the length of their arm for the reason for such pitiful economic activity. In my view the electorate is demanding bipartisan leadership and to hell with today’s divide and conquer mentality.
As noted yesterday, today is the commencement of a two day FOMC meeting. Will the Committee comment about the debt negotiations, reiterating fiscal policy and reform is required and needed?
What about jobs? Until six weeks ago, monetary policy was mono variable—jobs. While all can argue the implications of a 38 year low in the labor participation rate, the four week moving average jobless claims is now at the lowest level since 1973.
I can strenuously argue a major reason why corporation loathe hiring is regulatory such as health care, family leave and wrongful termination suits. Will the Committee reference such impedances?
There is little I can write about yesterday’s market action. All markets were quiet ahead of a major earnings, data and meeting week, events that commence today.
Last night the foreign markets were down. London was down 0.30%, Paris down 0.49% and Frankfurt down 0.44%. China was up 0.14% Japan down 0.90% and Hang Sang up 0.11%
The Dow should open nominally lower ahead of a deluge of profit reports. Of the companies that have posted earnings, 75% have exceeded profit projections while 58% missed sales estimates. The 10-year is flat a 2.05% yield.

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Ken Engelke

Chief Economic Strategist Managing Director

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