Trichet Warns Not Raising Debt Ceiling Would be Absurd

A failure by the U.S. to raise its debt limit would be “absolutely absurd” and risk the credibility of the most economically important nation in the world, Jean-Claude Trichet, former president of the European Central Bank, told CNBC on Wednesday.

When asked about the federal government shutdown, Trichet said it “signals enormous difficulty for the democracy of the United States.
“I hope very, very much that a solution will be found out. I think it’s essential, crucial, for the U.S. and very, very important for the global economy,” he told “Squawk on the Street.” “What would be totally absurd is that the debt ceiling would not be augmented in two weeks … because there we are playing with the credibility of the United States.”

via CNBC

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Alfonso Esparza

Alfonso Esparza

Senior Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, Alfonso Esparza established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He has been published by The MarketWatch, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Globe and Mail, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Bloomberg and BNN. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto.
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