To see what the market thinks of the economic prospects for the economy look no farther than the 30 Year which just dropped below 4.00% and is trading at 3.99% right now. The market is effectively pricing in a major economic contraction, with long-end deflation now expected. Which means that Bernanke just got yet another carte blanche to proceed with the only thing he know. And validating it is the equity market which at last check not only did not react favorably to the Senate vote, but has been fading all the news all day, and is now trading at the lows, with the S&P, Nasdaq and Dow all down more than 1% now and plunging. Next up, even as Obama prepares to talk, everyone is once again looking at an imploding Europe which will need its second bailout in a month (and third overall) shortly... or else.
The only chart that matters is, what else, gold:
Ok fine, one more chart: USDCHF, which also just took out record lows following today's latest flash crash.