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The debt clock is reading ten minutes to midnight for Congress which seems gridlocked in a game of chicken that could cost the public. Goldman Sachs issued an internal note late last week that there is a material risk that congress fails to reach a consensus on increasing the debt limit. Mitch McConnell is currently reviewing two plans to present Dems that would allow them to reach a consensus on raising the debt ceiling. Treasury Secretary Yellen reiterated that the government will be cash poor to pay the bills if Congress fails to raise the ceiling. Some are calling for the Treasury to mint a $1 trillion coin in order to finance if Congress doesn’t raise the debt ceiling but Goldman says this scenario is unlikely.
FINSUM: Congress always comes around to raise the debt ceiling, but a new wave of Democrats and Republicans pose new risks that a mutual agreement can be met.
Some investors live and die by it, but all should pay attention. The stock-bond ratio is an old investing indicator that can tell you when one asset class may be ready to head higher, and right now it is sending a strong signal. Ned Davis Research says that the ratio tends to bottom before economic recoveries. Therefore, if we have truly hit the bottom of the current economic cycle, then the ratio (S&P 500 divided by the US long-term treasury bond index) should start improving. “Barring an escalation in the trade war, we should see a recovery in early 2020 based on historical lead times”, said Ned Davis Research.
FINSUM: This is a very handy way to think about, and keep track of, risk-on/risk-off.