“Markets vastly underestimate the impact on USD funding from the debt ceiling”
The USD debt ceiling is a returning topic and it’s typically not overly important for markets, but this time is likely to be different. The repercussions for USD funding markets may be material!
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We have noted how the overwhelming consensus once again expects the USD to suffer when push comes to shove in the debt ceiling soap opera.
We find many similarities between the current stand-off between Biden and McCarthy and the stand-off between Clinton and Gingrich in 1995/1996 not least due to the timing relative to the upcoming election cycle. A game-theoretical analysis leads to the conclusion that it is in both parties’ interest to allow a partial shutdown, which makes it our base-case.
The interesting thing is that it means the EXACT opposite for markets compared to the current consensus narrative. Let’s dig right into it.
Why this looks like 1995/1996 all over again from a political perspective
Biden and McCarthy postponed the meeting on the debt ceiling until next week and we see more and more similarities to the Clinton vs Gingrich stand-off in 1995/1996 that ultimately concluded in a relatively lengthy partial shutdown of the US Federal Government.
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