The shutdown of the government has created a double dose of uncertainty. It comes at a time when the economy may be about to shift from second gear into third gear, triggering the beginning of a Fed exit. The longer the shutdown and the longer the games of brinkmanship, the longer the delay in that growth pick up. At the same time, the shutdown means almost no official data releases. In the face of this uncertainty, the Fed’s motto is: when in doubt, do nothing.
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