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Debt Ceiling Debacle Threatening Fireworks in Money Market

  • Suspension from 2019 is set to expire at end of this month
  • Treasury is hoping for a $450 billion cash balance on July 31
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The imminent return of the U.S. debt ceiling is causing angst for money-market traders once again.

While the risk that Uncle Sam might default by missing a payment on a bill or two is minuscule, investors are wondering if and how the Treasury can slash its giant cash pile to the level the department has indicated would be consistent with its policies and the 2019 act that suspended the limit. And they’re concerned about the impact any moves could have on short-term funding markets, which underpin much of the global financial architecture.