The US Debt ceiling could get hit on August 2nd which is 3 business days away. While everyone is struggling to make ends meet, Wall street and Pennsylvania Avenue are business as usual. Wall Street wipes out retirement investments and retail investors while our Elected majesties play games with each other like they are in kindergarten and whoever wins the argument gets a prize.
Wake up because the time to act has passed. Instead of throwing money to bail out banks, and prop the markets for the past 2-3 years (Bubble 2.0) we should have let the “economic collapse” happen and now we’d be either in a hot burning inferno or on a better stage to recovery Worldwide.
Deal of No Deal
A week ago S&P rating agency warned that the USA could lose it’s AAA debt rating if things weren’t solved for a better fiscally sound future, just today S&P said that it will not likely downgrade US debt rating. BULL$h!t we know full and well that with or without a debt resolution in the next few days that our rating will be cut one way or another. If it’s not S&P it will be Moody’s etc, these rating agencies are the ones that allowed things to get here when they rated the Credit Default Swaps & junk bonds safe and apparently it was blamed on a “programming code mistake” of sorts.
If we do not reach an agreement on the debt ceiling the economy will go in a tailspin. Stock market will head to the south pole for the economic ice age, USD $ will be worth less, imported goods (Yes Chinese lead painted toys, middle eastern oil and the goodies in between) would become more expensive, US consumer spending would halt, US workers, contractors, aid for people, road work etc would be at a stand still and no money would be moving much if any at all. Unemployment would rise higher, banks would loan no money as they seek to avoid risk and stay liquid. And with a downgrade in our rating which is a no-brainer that would mean we’d have to pay higher interest on future debt we incur (Look at Greece interest rates on debt spike at downgrades, that will be the same here). Anyways that is the doomsday scenario but right now we can do nothing but stick a fork into each politician and have them for dinner when we can’t afford food.
Whats in it for me?
Lets take a quick look at how the market might be affected by this uncertainty, but the obvious thing is most of the stocks will head down because on the 10-K SEC filing of every company one Risk factor is “Economic Uncertainty”. Two weeks ago I posted the chart of /ES saying that it looked like a head and shoulders formation. This time the chart has the fib retracements that were drawn on a Monthly chart spanning back 20 years and drawn from major peaks to major troughs. The ratios are hard to see but you will immediately notice where a lot converge.
So here we have a market that wants to hit 1250-1268 area in initially but ideally the 1225 in the very near term is last resort for support and thats 70 points below as of this writing. Lets see what our knuckleheads do today, most likely nothing as always.
Possible downside trades would be SPY put options or buy SH shares for a hedge (SPY inverse)