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The debt ceiling standoff may cost us $1 trillion
By Rick Newman - Yahoo News - Tue, August 15, 2023
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Excerpt follows:
The 2023 debt ceiling standoff is over. The consequences are not.
It may seem like every debt ceiling showdown follows a standard script, with everything going back to normal once the foolish drama is over.
The basic plot: With the nation’s borrowing limit set by law and federal borrowing going ever higher, Congress has to raise the limit every couple of years. Republicans, if they have the votes, insist on spending cuts as a condition of allowing the government to borrow more. There’s intense bargaining and overheated talk of a possible US default on some of its obligations. That briefly unnerves financial markets.
During the next 10 years, higher interest rates due solely to Congressional budget shenanigans could raise borrowing costs in the United States by nearly $1 trillion, according to new research by David Kotok, chief investment officer of investing firm Cumberland Advisors. While that's a large price tag, the costs are likely to be spread broadly across the economy in ways likely to allow the perpetrators in Congress to escape accountability.
Kotok looks at the cost of credit-default swaps on US Treasuries to assess higher borrowing costs throughout the US economy. A credit-default swap, or CDS, is like an insurance policy on a bond. The holder of a bond sometimes wants to cover the risk that the issuer will default and fail to pay the interest or principal. Other investors offer CDSs that will cover losses at prices the market determines.
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Perspectives, News, and/or Resources from Attendees

Camp Kotok

Stuart G. Hoffman is senior economic advisor for The PNC Financial Services Group & David Berson, Cumberland Advisors' Chief US Economist, converse about the Fitch downgrade of US debt, inflation, and what Stu anticipates the Fed's responses will be in the short-term and the long-term. What if oil spikes? Listen in!
Vance Barse, wealth strategist & founder of Your Dedicated Fiduciary, and David R. Kotok, cofounder & chief investment officer at Cumberland Advisors, discuss advanced planning aspects of wealth management, philanthropy and how to do it correctly, the Fitch downgrade, "transitory" inflation, tax-equivalent yield, and the day fishing.

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Camp Kotok

Please enjoy the following list of resources relating to Camp Kotok and recommended by attendees.


Camp Kotok Articles:



Forward Guidance Podcast by Jack Farley featuring the following Camp Kotok Guests:

We thank Jillian Fornito, executive director at the Global Interdependence Center,
for compiling these lists of Camp Kotok attendee related content.

Cumberland Advisors is an annual sponsor of the Global Interdependence Center.


Global Interdependence Center Events

Friday, September 29, 2023 Montreal, Quebec: How to (and not to) Regulate Crypto Partner: McGill Desmarais Global Finance Research Centre
Montréal in September


This conference brings together thought leaders and decision-makers from academia, public policy circles, and the business world with the goal to promote thought exchange, dialogue, and the exploration of solutions to global challenges in finance and economics. Professor Christine Parlour, Sylvan C. Coleman Chair of Finance and Accounting at Berkeley Haas, is a Keynote speaker. 
Sunday, October 22 - Saturday, October 28, 2023 Warsaw, Rzeszow, and Krakow, Poland: GIC’s Delegation to Poland
Delegation to Poland in October


Poland’s geographic position relative to Ukraine is of growing international interest, making this second visit to the country a natural destination for GIC members and guests. This powerful experience is designed to give delegates exclusive insights into Poland’s dynamic economy, rich cultural history, and growing geopolitical importance. The delegation’s objectives are to explore Poland’s shifting economic landscape, examine the positive and negative interdependencies associated with neighboring Ukraine, and delve into the planning for the reconstruction of Ukraine and its long-term impact.

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