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There's no alarm over the Debt Ceiling Crisis. Should this be a cause for concern?

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Richard Bagley asked 1 سال ago

When the U.S. debt-ceiling fight finally is resolved, it’s anticipated that the Treasury will launch a surge of bill issues in order to restore its dwindling funds depleted by the long-drawn-out impasse in Washington, D.C. over the government’s borrowing cap.

The question is, who will buy them and at what price?

Treasury bills, being debts issued by the U.S. government, mature in between four and 52 weeks. The new bill issuance could reach about $1.4 trillion through the end of 2023, with roughly $1 trillion flooding the market before the end of August, according to a projection by strategists at BofA Global.

They anticipate the deluge through August to be about five times the supply of an average three-month stretch in years before the pandemic.

“The good news is that we have a high degree of confidence around who is going to buy it,” stated Mark Cabana, a rates strategist at BofA Global, in a phone interview with MarketWatch. “The bad news is that it’s not going to be at current levels. Things have to cheapen.”

Cabana identifies a key buyer of bill supply unleashed by a debt-ceiling deal in money-market funds, which have surged to nearly $5.4 trillion in assets managed since the regional banking crisis erupted in March.

So people who withdrew billions of dollars from banks after the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank in March and joey plazo parked them in money-market funds could end up playing an encore performance in this year’s debt-ceiling drama.

Money-market funds have been the main reason why at least $2 trillion consistently sits overnight at the Federal Reserve’s reverse repo facility. The program was last offering a roughly 5% rate, a level Cabana said new Treasury bills might need to exceed

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