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  1. Govt. Shutdown: A How-To

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    Thu, 4 Dec 2014

    spending before determining where to disburse the money. This is how to design any solvent budget. Only after settling the debt ceiling , they determine how to divide the limited pie. Vast portions of the budget could be funded without controversy. Portions supported

  2. UPDATE 1-McConnell rules out 2015 U.S. government shutdown, debt default

    Headlines

    Wed, 5 Nov 2014

    (Adds details on debt limit , other Republican initiatives)

  3. From Barron’s, October 27, 2014 (Part 2

    Commentary

    Sat, 25 Oct 2014

    after the midterm elections in November and there may be a post-election rally . The issues facing the new Congress include debt - ceiling , Obamacare, tax reforms, etc. Pg 13: Levisohn – The post-midterm election market bounce may be muted. Reasons include

  4. From Barron’s, October 27, 2014 (Part 1)

    Commentary

    Sat, 25 Oct 2014

    after the midterm elections in November and there may be a post-election rally . The issues facing the new Congress include debt - ceiling , Obamacare, tax reforms, etc. Pg 13: Levisohn – The post-midterm election market bounce may be muted. Reasons include

  5. From Barron’s, October 6, 2014 (Part 2)

    Commentary

    Sat, 4 Oct 2014

    etc], the total debt was $17.823 billion. The budget deficit was $583 billion. The GDP grew at +2.6% . The debt - ceiling resurfaces in March 2015. Sequester has had a positive impact on revenues and spending, but the mandatory/entitlement

  6. Congress Will Go Out With a Whimper, But the Next Could Come In With a Roar

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    Tue, 9 Sep 2014

    uncertainty around issues such as the debt ceiling increase in 2015. Next week, Congress returns ..... expect a more volatile fight over the debt ceiling , which needs to be raised in spring 2015. No drama ..... in exchange for an increase in the debt ceiling , which needs to be addressed by spring

  7. Confronting the Tax Drag

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    Tue, 12 Aug 2014

    but may become necessary at some point. The nation’s massive budget deficit and recurring partisan feuds over the debt ceiling and entitlement programs make it hard to believe otherwise. The consensus is that government spending cuts alone will not be sufficient to address these problems

  8. A Fine Fiscal Balance

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    Tue, 15 Jul 2014

    different points of view—especially on fiscal issues, where controversy has resulted in the government shutdown and the debt - ceiling debate. But among economists who work on fiscal policy, there’s actually quite a lot of consensus on big issues. Of course

  9. Three Market Paradoxes to Ponder

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    Mon, 2 Jun 2014

    first four months of 2014. 2014 1994 rate cycle (full) 1994 rate cycle (day 74) 2013 Taper Tantrum 2012 Europe 2011 debt ceiling S&P 500 –5.8% –8.9% –7.3% –5.8% –8.7% –19.4% % below the S&P 500 average 84% 94% 89% 72% 66% 68% Average decline –13.7% –26.7% –25.1% –10.0% –15.1% –28

  10. Breaking Good

    Headlines

    Fri, 16 May 2014

    levels are trending higher and we are headed into the first summer in years where there is no talk of battles over the U.S. debt ceiling or of a potential federal government shutdown. Finally, several years of buoyant equities markets have boosted the wealth

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