Financial Stability Regulators Discuss Debt Limit, Government Shutdown

By | October 10, 2013

U.S. financial regulators discussed the federal debt ceiling and the effect of the government shutdown on market monitoring during a phone conversation on Tuesday, a Treasury Department spokesman said.

The Financial Stability Oversight Council might meet again as Oct. 17 approaches. That is the date on which Treasury expects to exhaust its borrowing authority, spokesman Anthony Coley said in a statement.

The council, a group of regulators led by Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, is charged with overseeing financial system stability.

The U.S. Congress has so far failed to strike a deal to raise the government’s borrowing cap. Treasury officials have said hitting that limit and defaulting on government obligations could cause lasting damage to the United States’ international reputation.

The group also discussed the effect of the week-old federal government shutdown on market monitoring by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Most financial regulators are not funded by Congress and so have not been affected by the shutdown that began on Oct. 1. The CFTC and SEC do get funding from congressional appropriations.

The SEC had enough funds on hand to stay open for a few weeks, the agency said last week.

But the CFTC had to send most of its employees home. That means hundreds of trillions of dollars in derivatives are changing hands on Wall Street without government supervision, a CFTC commissioner said on Tuesday.

“The cops aren’t on the beat looking at the derivatives markets in the United States,” Commissioner Bart Chilton said in a television interview.

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  • October 11, 2013 at 9:49 am
    Roland says:
    Spot-on, Baxtor. There is plenty of money coming in to the federal government to service its debt, even as huge as it is, so talk of "default" is silly. If the politicians wou... read more
  • October 10, 2013 at 6:18 pm
    Baxtor says:
    Blah blah blah. All these articles of people crying woof when the Federal government is still sending millions of dollars if not billions to the local governments to pave tra... read more
  • October 10, 2013 at 2:30 pm
    Agent says:
    PM, basically the deal will just kick the can down the road for 6 weeks and then we will be back at square one. The President said in any negotiation, there is give and take... read more
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