29 Sep 2023

There we go again...

The game of chicken is on...The US government is now just 48 hours away from a SHUTDOWN. This comes less than 3 months after the largest debt ceiling crisis since 2011. Meanwhile, the government is borrowing over $14 billion PER DAY and spending $3 billion per day on interest expense alone. According to Goldman, a government-wide shutdown would reduce quarterly annualized growth by around 0.2% for each week it lasted after accounting for modest private sector effects. Goldman's baseline is that a shutdown could last for 2-3 weeks (the Trump government shutdown, the longest in history, lasted 35 days, from Dec 22, 2018 to Jan 25, 2019). - Meanwhile, Bloomberg also speculates that in an extreme tail event, the maximum hit to 4Q GDP would be a drag of 2.8% if the shutdown lasts for the entire quarter. Source cartoon: San Diego Tribune


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