IMF and OECD Urge US To Solve Shutdown

Shares and oil prices rose strongly on Thursday amid hopes that policymakers in Washington were buckling under the global pressure for them to settle their differences and prevent a US debt default.

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) both issued sharply worded warnings to Republicans and Democrats amid signs that America’s Asian creditors were becoming alarmed at the potential consequences of the impasse.

Reports in Washington that the Republicans would agree to a six-week extension of the debt ceiling from next week’s 17 October deadline led to a 323-point rise in the Dow Jones average. Brent crude was up by $2 a barrel and the FTSE rose by 92 points as the Republican leader in the House of Representatives John Boehner said it was time for meaningful talks with President Barack Obama.

After discussions with Republican leaders on Thursday night, the White House said Obama had held a “good meeting” but that they failed to reach an agreement to end the budget crisis despite earlier hopes that a deal may be in sight. Ninety-minute discussions between Obama and Boehner broke up with little apparent progress or press announcement, although there was a marked change in tone on both sides that suggested a deal may still be close.

via The Guardian

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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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