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Bumping its head on the ceiling - the US Treasury and extraordinary measures

The US Government debt ceiling is currently suspended, but will be re-instated on 8 February 2014 (Saturday). When the debt ceiling is reached, the US Treasury will once again face a situation where it has two conflicting objectives – to honour the US Government’s financial commitments, and to not issue new debt. A small number of ‘extraordinary measures’ can be used in the short term, but they aren’t sustainable solutions. The temporary ‘headroom’ they provide below the debt ceiling will likely only last until June at the latest, and possibly much less. Even the potential for default has an impact on borrowing costs, and the US Treasury said ‘... Read more...

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