The head of the World Bank on Monday said a drop in investor confidence was already feeding through to developing nations from a growing debt crisis in advanced economies and urged cooperative action.
Ratings agency Standard & Poor's officials privately met with large bond-investors weeks before the firm's US debt downgrade, leaving some believing the chance of a rating downgrade was higher than they had previously thought, the Wall Street Journal said.
Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan downplayed the risk of a double-dip recession in the United States saying the domestic economy was in better shape compared to its European peers.
The United States gross debt shot up 238 billion dollars to reach 100% of GDP after the government's debt ceiling was lifted, Treasury figures showed. On Tuesday, the Treasury had to add more than 200 billion of commitments immediately after President Barack Obama signed into law an increase in the debt ceiling.
Should the US follow the example of President Dwight Eisenhower back in 1953, asks Alex J Pollok, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute and Anne Canfield president of Canfield & Associates, Washington, D.C. in an article published in The American Journal of the AEI.
US House of Representatives speaker John Boehner is urging Republicans to back his plan to cut the US budget and raise the debt limit. Boehner's appeal to conservative House Republicans came despite a White House veto threat and rejection from Democratic leaders in the Senate.
The International Monetary Fund urged the United States to swiftly raise the debt ceiling to ward off risks of a credit downgrade that could damage the global economy.
US President Barack Obama reiterated on Sunday his opposition to any short-term plan to raise the US debt ceiling, while Republicans insisted on a two-step solution, a White House official said.
Moody's has warned it may downgrade the US debt rating if Congress fails to increase the US debt limit in the coming weeks and risks default. The agency warned of political entrenchment preventing an increase.