We all have learned it’s much better to make an “objective” rather than “emotional” decision. And with the national debt deadline less than a week away you may be wondering how the U.S. debt decision in Washington may affect you, your investments, etc. To hopefully help keep our thoughts rational and to try to “filter out” all the clutter (Fox News, CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, another Presidential speech, Congressman “political” posturing interviews, etc.), we are assembling questions to consider. Hopefully thinking through these questions will help you in your planning and to possibly help reduce some “hysterical” thoughts and knee-jerk tendencies to “fix it”.
1) Do our politicians and President have the guts and political muster to not compromise and place our Country in default? Would it be political suicide for some?
2) How long could a default last and what might it look like? (One Day, 1 Week, 1 Month, 6 Months, Longer)
3) Which is worse, a default or just a downgrade?
4) When could the markets begin to adjust for a default, what could it look like, and how long might it last?
5) What assets could be affected the least in a default? Which assets the most?
6) How could the S&P 500 Index behave (fluctuate like) in the following scenarios over the 1st day, over a month or more, or over a year or two:
— If a default is avoided…
— If a default and U.S. downgrade is avoided…
— If a default and U.S. downgrade happens, but is cured within a short period of time…
— If just a downgrade happens…
7) What might be the costs or benefits for an investor trying to “time” the outcome?
— If a default was prevented?
— If a default actually happens?
Posted by Randy Mascagni, CFP®
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