Moody’s: U.S. can forget about Triple-A rating if it violates debt ceiling

The Treasury is running out of time and money. [Moody’s]

 

The U.S. will lose its Triple-A rating if it violates the debt ceiling, even if it quickly acts to meet its obligations, a rating agency said Tuesday.

The U.S. is facing a looming deadline to raise the debt ceiling, and there’s concern that despite the insistence of figures including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and House Speaker Paul Ryan, it won’t get lifted in time. The Treasury has estimated it will reach the debt limit by Sept. 29. Continue reading

Greece could use ‘parallel currency’ as desperation grows

As was said three years ago, this seems like the safest option in a worst-case scenario. If this backdoor method gains traction in Greece, it would no doubt help avoid a Russian and Chinese invasion via Athens and full economic breakup of the single currency bloc. Other embattled countries might string along.

 

European Central Bank board member floats the idea of an “IOU” system to pay civil servants if country runs out of euros

Greece could start using a “parallel currency” to pay its civil servants if it runs out of cash, one of the European Central Bank’s board members has suggested. His comments come as the country scrambles to reach a deal with international creditors and avoid a default.

Highlighting the desperate situation faced by the country, Yves Merch, a member of the ECB’s executive board and governor of Luxembourg’s central bank, told Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia that Greece could resort to using “exceptional tools” to pay its obligations.

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US could start defaulting on debt ‘very soon’ warns Lew

US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew warned Monday that the US is on course to hit its so-called debt ceiling, the limit to which it can legally borrow, by the end of the month.

He called on Congress to raise it immediately to prevent the issue from harming the economic recovery, adding that the government would start defaulting on its debt “very soon” if it failed to act.

“Time is short. Congress needs to act to extend the nation’s borrowing authority, and it needs to act now,” Mr Lew said in a speech on Monday. Continue reading