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A $1 Trillion Borrowing Binge Looms After Debt Ceiling Limit Standoff

Debt Ceiling Borrowing Binge

After President Joe Biden signed Legislation on Saturday, the US narrowly avoided the default, allowing the treasury department to borrow more money to pay the nation’s bills. 

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The treasury department has begun building up its reserves, which was previously close to running out of cash after President Biden signed Legislation on Saturday that suspended the $31.4 trillion debt limit until January 2025. 

According to a report, the treasury is expected to borrow around $1 trillion by the end of September to pay the nation’s bills. However, this upcoming borrowing binge could present a lot of complications, rattling the economy. 

It is set to pull some cash from banks and other lenders. However, draining money from the financial system and amplifying the pressure may put some stress on the regional lenders. The treasury department has to face rising interest costs in lending a massive amount to the government. 

It would also result in raising costs for banks, companies, and other borrowers, creating one or two quarter-point rate increases from the federal reserve. One of the interest rate strategists claimed that the cause of the rise in the interest rate would be the whole debt ceiling standoff. 

Break from Raising Interest Rates

Some policymakers opted to take a break from raising the interest rates to assess how policy has impacted the economy. However, the treasury department building up its reserves could undermine the decision as it would increase the borrowing costs.

As a result, it could accelerate worries among investors and depositors. An assistant treasury secretary for financial institutions from 2017 to 2018, Christopher Cambell, made a statement that the potential hit to the economy goes to the market selling that much debt could be extraordinary. 

It would not going to be easy for the treasury to sell what could be $1 trillion of bonds and not have an impact on borrowing costs. Last week, the treasury department’s cash balance fell below $40 billion as the nation’s borrowing cap increased.

According to analysts, restoring investments is simple, but refilling the government’s cash is complicated. That’s why the treasury department hopes to rebuild its cash balance to $425 billion by the end of June.

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