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With an agreement finally showing promise to resolve the U.S. government’s potential and impending debt ceiling breach, investors are assessing how this development might affect underlying portfolios. The debt ceiling is the maximum level that the U.S. government is permitted to borrow. This threshold was set by Congress over 100 years ago to make sure government borrowing does not reach excessive levels. Historically, every time the ceiling has been close to being breached, Congress has legislated a higher debt limit. However, the current situation is especially concerning given how close to the deadline we are and how contentious this issue is in Congress right now.
This newsletter examines the key issues of the debt ceiling, important dates both past and present, and the potential impact of a breach.
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