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Morgan Stanley: The Debt Ceiling Will Get Sorted Out, It’s The Reserve Drain After That Will Hurt

By Seth Carpenter, Morgan Stanley chief global economist

When Worlds Collide

In 2011 and in 2013, the US government approached the statutory debt limit, with Congress raising the limit only at the last minute. The closer we got to the so-called “X-date,” the more markets reflected the tension. The Treasury ran down the amount of Treasury bills outstanding to stay under the limit and, as a result, bills were scarce and went up in price and down in yield…except for those maturing around the X-date, which cheapened as markets avoided them.


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