Budget
  • A <a href="http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/business/indexes/rasmussen_consumer_index/rasmussen_consumer_index" target="_blank">recent poll</a> taken by Rasmussen found that 68 percent of Americans believe that we are actually in a recession

    Will the US Be Ready for the Next Economic Downturn?

    We told you yesterday about a new study detailing the importance of fiscal space in determining policy responses to economic downturns. To recap: The paper by economists Christina and David Romer...

  • An aerial view shows a neighborhood that was flooded after Hurricane Matthew in Lumberton, North Carolina

    Climate Change Could Raise the Cost of Debt

    By The Fiscal Times Staff

    “Bond rating agencies such as Moody’s Investors Service and S&P Global Ratings are looking at whether they should be including more disaster forecasting in calculating the grades they give to...

  • Bond Dealers Prepare for a Surge in US Debt Sales

    By Michael Rainey

    U.S. budget deficits are expected to grow sharply over the next few years, and bond dealers are preparing for a big increase in debt sales by the Treasury Department as result. Debt issuance is...

  • After the Shutdown: New Deadline, Same Problems

    The short-lived government shutdown may be over, but the long-running battles that led to it are far from resolved. Congress now has until February 8 to negotiate a deal on the budget and immigration...

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    Why Even a Short Shutdown Hurts the Government

    By Michael Rainey

    Most experts say a government shutdown has only modestly negative effects on the broader economy. S&P economists estimated recently that a shutdown would cost the economy about $6 billion a week...