Debt ceiling negotiations take center stage in Washington today. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen reiterated on Monday that 1 June is the deadline when the Department of the Treasury might face challenges in meeting its financial obligations if the debt ceiling is not raised. President Joe Biden's meeting with Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy is expected to be a crucial moment in these negotiations.
While Biden expressed cautious optimism during the weekend, McCarthy disclosed yesterday that a significant gap remains between the two sides following discussions at the staff level. McCarthy emphasized the urgency of reaching a deal by the end of this week to allow ample time for its approval in both chambers of Congress.
Despite Biden's impending departure for the G7 summit in Japan tomorrow, the White House has affirmed that there are currently no plans to modify the trip due to the impasse over the debt ceiling.
If today's negotiations fail to make progress towards resolving the debt limit issue, it is highly probable that the markets will respond by pricing in a higher likelihood of the United States defaulting on its debt. This potential outcome has substantial negative implications for risk sentiment.
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