U.S Government would rather default than lose their bullion.
Goldman's Take: "Clear Possibility That Final Resolution Might Not Be Reached Until Shortly After October 17"Submitted by Tyler Durden on 10/10/2013 12:52 -0400
"The debt limit deadline looks increasingly likely to be pushed off with a short-term extension. It looks less likely that the partial federal shutdown will be ended with the extension, but this is still unclear. There is still some uncertainty on the path to resolution over the next week, but the fact that both parties have accepted the notion of a "clean" extension reduces the risk of the Treasury's missing scheduled payments due to the debt limit... In our view, the developments over the last day reduce the probability of "tail risk" scenarios that would result from going far past the deadline, but there is still a good chance that Congress will run up to the deadline before reaching a final resolution and there is a clear possibility that final resolution might not be reached until shortly after October 17. "
Senate Democrats Warn Debt Ceiling Extension May Not Pass Unless Republicans Also Agree To Reopen GovernmentSubmitted by Tyler Durden on 10/10/2013 12:35 -0400
As the White House statement suggested earlier, the GOP gambit for a "clean" 6-week debt limit extension, already accepted as a given by the market, may not be able to pass unless the Republicans fold some more, according to the latest news out of The Hill which reports that "Senate Democrats could reject a House GOP proposal to extend the nation’s debt ceiling by a few weeks, saying any short-term debt-limit increase should also reopen the government." This step was to be expected: the House Republicans are once again in disarray and this is the perfect time to demand even more concessions. However, with their political credibility, and capital, already at record lows, will the republicans agree to not only fold on the debt ceiling, albeit temporarily, but also passing a Continuing Resolution - which as a reminder was the source of contention all along?
"The President has made clear that he will not pay a ransom for Congress doing its job and paying our bills. It is better for economic certainty for Congress to take the threat of default off the table for as long as possible, which is why we support the Senate Democrats’ efforts to raise the debt limit for a year with no extraneous political strings attached. The President also believes that the Republican Leadership in the House should allow for an up or down vote on the clean continuing resolution passed by the Senate that would pass with a bipartisan majority to reopen the government. Once Republicans in Congress act to remove the threat of default and end this harmful government shutdown, the President will be willing to negotiate on a broader budget agreement to create jobs, grow the economy, and put our fiscal house in order. While we are willing to look at any proposal Congress puts forward to end these manufactured crises, we will not allow a faction of the Republicans in the House to hold the economy hostage to its extraneous and extreme political demands. Congress needs to pass a clean debt limit increase and a funding bill to reopen the government."
Here's where we stand...
Snatching failure from the jaws of victory...? 10/17 T-Bills are 9bps off their low yields of the day and the S&P 500 has given back 5 points of its gains as the White House potentially snubs Boehner's offer.
U.S. HOUSE REPUBLICAN LAWMAKERS CONCERNED THAT CLEAN DEBT LIMIT INCREASE WOULD NOT FORCE OBAMA TO NEGOTIATE-SENIOR REPUBLICAN AIDE
OBAMA IS WILLING TO NEGOTIATE ON BROAD BUDGET ISSUES, BUT ONLY AFTER CONGRESS ENDS SHUTDOWN, LIFTS DEBT CEILING-WHITE HOUSE OFFICIAL
Of course, this dip also coincides with the end of POMO.
The Speaker of the House has a plan - apparently - that enables the debt-limit "can" to be kicked 6-weeks down the line to Nov 22nd in a "clean" bill that appears dirtied by the lack of a CR for the government shutdown (though including a broader budget talks process). Democrats are already pushing for an end-2014 debt-ceiling extension that McConnell says "wil not fly." We look forward to hearing from Boehner on how this is not a "fold" and how the rank-and-file will agree to this... see you in six-weeks... (and while stocks are incapable of discounting anything that far out, T-Bills are starting to price in that reality). But. U.S. HOUSE REPUBLICAN LAWMAKERS CONCERNED THAT CLEAN DEBT LIMIT INCREASE WOULD NOT FORCE OBAMA TO NEGOTIATE-SENIOR REPUBLICAN AIDE and HOUSE REPUBLICAN LEADERS PLAN TO PRESENT PROPOSED SHORT-TERM DEBT LIMIT HIKE TO WHITE HOUSE ON THURSDAY; WANT TO SEE WHAT OBAMA OFFERS IN RETURN-SENIOR REPUBLICAN LAWMAKER
As reported previously, the latest meme surrounding the D.C. impasse is that Obama is suddenly willing to compromise on a short-term, supposedly six-week funding and debt ceiling extension, on the verge of his latest talks with republicans at the White House scheduled for this morning, as previously floated by the GOP. Throw some additional headlines such as "Ryan steps up to shape a deal" (in line with what we predicted yesterday) and "The ice breaks; fiscal talks set", by The Hill, and "GOP quietly backing away from Obamacare" from Politico, and one can see why futures are in breakneck soaring mode this morning, driven as usual by the two main JPY cross (USD and AUD), the first of which is less than 100 pips now away from being Stolpered out. So will a compromise deal finally emerge 7 days ahead of the first X-Date, or will a last minute snag once again derail the (non)-negotiations? We will know quite soon.
Stocks Resume Ramp As Old News That Republicans Are Heading To White House, Is Again Regurgitated LateSubmitted by Tyler Durden on 10/09/2013 14:41 -0400
In a second iteration of news not being read hours ago and suddenly surprising the algos in charge of stock market momentum, minutes ago headlines blasted reports that Boehner would go to a White House meeting. This is precisely what Politico, again, said would happen at 7 am this morning but since apparently nobody bothered to read it, and since it is suddenly news again, everyone is grasping on this "revelation" as if it is a new development. It isn't.
It is worth remembering that Goldman, to much fanfare and media attention, “told clients” in November 2007, to sell gold. On November 29, 2007, Goldman recommended that investors sell gold in 2008 and it named the strategy as one of its ‘Top 10 Tips’ for the year.
- Janet Yellen, a Backer of Pushing the Fed's Policy Boundaries (WSJ)
- Jos. A. Bank proposes to buy Men's Wearhouse for $2.3 billion (Reuters)
- J.P. Morgan to Cull Business Clients (WSJ)
- RBS Said to Pass Currency Trader Chats to FCA Amid Probe (BBG)
- Prosecutors give SAC settlement ultimatum (FT)
- U.S. builders hoard mineral rights under new homes (Reuters)
- Bill Comes Due for Brazil's Middle Class (WSJ)
- US expected to slash aid to Egyptian government (AP)
- Samsung launches world's first smartphone with curved screen (Reuters)
- Microsoft’s $7.2 Billion Nokia Bet Not Luring Apps (BBG)
- China raises hurdles for foreign banks (FT)
For all expectations of a big jump in US futures overnight on the largely priced in Janet Yellen nomination announcement which is due at 3 pm today, the move so far has been very much contained, as expected, with a modest 90 minute halflife, as the markets' prevailing concern continues to be whether the debt ceiling negotiation will be concluded by the October 17 deadline or if it would stretch further forcing the government to prioritize payments. There is however some hope with Bloomberg reporting that some possible paths out of the debt impasse are starting to emerge with less than a week before U.S. borrowing authority lapses after Obama said he could accept a short-term debt-limit increase without policy conditions that set the terms for future talks. Whether this materializes or just leads to more empty posturing and televized press conferences is unclear, although as Politico reports, the stakes for republicans are getting increasingly nebulous with some saying they are "losing" the fight, while the core GDP constituency is actually liking the government shutdown.
UPDATE: For the 3rd time tonight 'someone' has ramped AUDJPY in a failed attempt to spark S&P futures higher
When Larry Summers stepped away from the nomination for Fed Chair, S&P 500 futures ramped vertically by over 20 points. The reaction to the nomination of Janet Yellen managed a limp 6 point surge in S&P futures. Worse still, it took 24 hours for the Summers-Out ramp to be cut in half... Yellen's 'ramp' has already given back half of her gains in 90 minutes. It seems The White House needs change of narrative - or just another bargaining chip to piss the Republicans off - and judging by the "sudden" rip higher in AUDJPY, 'someone' is trying desperately to spark some momentum ignition... but for now - it's not working. Timing is everything we guess.
All the histrionics over the next Fed chairman, pardon chairwoman, choice are over. WSJ reports that Obama is set to announce Mr., pardon Mrs Janet Yellen as Bernanke's replacement tomorrow at 3 pm at the White House. "The nomination would conclude a long and unusually public debate about Mr. Obama's choice which started last June when he said that Ben Bernanke wouldn't be staying in the post after his term ends in January. Mr. Obama gave serious consideration to his former economic adviser, Lawrence Summers, who pulled out in September after facing resistance from Democrats in the Senate." However, while a Yellen announcement, largely priced in, in a normal environment would have been good for at least 10-20 S&P points, with the debt ceiling showdown the far more immediate concern, the choice of the Chairwoman may not be the buying catalyst that it would have otherwise been.
Isn’t it wonderful how the US believes (whether that be the citizens or the politicians) that the state will never default on its debt repayments?