Janjuah on the Debt Ceiling

Bob Janjuah on the debt ceiling discussions:

Any surprise will likely come from the US rather than the euro zone and centres on the risk of no deal being reached on the debt ceiling. If that becomes the market consensus over the next few weeks, then my 1250 and maybe also 1220 S&P bear alert levels should come into play. I think USD and USTs would rally if the debt ceiling deal were not to materialise. The knee-jerk reaction may be to sell USTs and USD, but no deal on the debt ceiling would I feel ultimately send a very positive message to the bond vigilantes that the US is serious about getting its fiscal house in order. Risk markets on the other hand would likely see such an outcome as ultimately very negative, as uber loose policies have been and are the main support and driver of risky asset valuations. At this juncture, however, I see a short-term fudge as the more likely outcome.

via Bob Janjuah’s Latest Big Picture Outlook | zero hedge.


  1. Reggie Greene says:

    During the last Presidential election, CSpan2 Book TV aired a program where the author discussed the results of his or her research, which suggested that something like 5-10% of Democrats , and 5-10% of Republicans, essentially debated and defined the ideological constructs of each party. The point was that the vast, vast, vast majority of the citizens of this country have their lives dictated by the most active and vocal members of society, who also happen to be more privileged .

    I strongly suspect that the same thing is occurring with the debt ceiling debate. The debate is not really about the debt ceiling per se, but rather a very deep, long-standing debate about the role and size of government. It’s never been resolved, and never will be resolved in our representative democracy. However, in the mean time, the regular folks in our society run the risk of being irreparably damaged. The elites (the upper and upper middle socio-economic classes) on each side of the fence have theirs, their corporate contributions, decent jobs and income, and will fare just fine economically. It’s the ordinary citizens (lower middle socio-economic class) who will most likely get screwed, no matter which side ultimately prevails in the short term.