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Fiscal Cliffhanger: Approaching the Event Horizon

Related: The President & Congress Play a Game of Chicken

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/26/business/economy/fiscal-cl...

Until late last week, most observers had expected the president and Congressional Republicans to come up with at least a short-term compromise before the year-end deadline. But the failure of Speaker John A. Boehner to win support for tax increases on the wealthiest Americans from fellow House Republicans has forced many economic observers to reconsider what might happen if political leaders remain deadlocked into 2013.

Wall Street is still betting on a quick deal, but that confidence is misplaced, said Julia Coronado, chief North American economist at BNP Paribas. “Markets have been incredibly complacent about this,” she said. If a compromise cannot be found by Jan. 1, she said, “the markets will take that hard.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/26/business/economy/fiscal-cl...

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