• 30 May 2023
  • Jill Nes

  1. The lifting of the USA debt ceiling could potentially have various effects on different types of assets in your portfolio. The impact will depend on several factors such as market conditions, investor sentiment, and specific asset classes.
  2. Impact on gold: The lifting of the debt ceiling will likely lead to increased government spending and potentially higher inflation expectations. Gold is often seen as a hedge against inflation, so it could potentially benefit from such circumstances. However, the actual impact on gold prices will depend on a variety of other factors, including global economic conditions, interest rates, and investor sentiment.
  3. Impact on cryptocurrencies: Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are influenced by a range of factors, including market sentiment, regulatory developments, and macroeconomic conditions. The lifting of the debt ceiling itself may not have a direct impact on cryptocurrencies. However, any associated economic or market developments resulting from the debt ceiling decision could indirectly affect cryptocurrency prices.
  4. Impact on interest rates: The lifting of the debt ceiling could influence interest rates, but the exact impact will depend on a range of factors such as the overall economic environment, monetary policy decisions by the Federal Reserve, and investor sentiment. Higher government debt levels could potentially increase borrowing costs, leading to upward pressure on interest rates.
  5. Impact on equities: The lifting of the debt ceiling can have mixed effects on equities. On one hand, increased government spending resulting from the debt ceiling agreement can stimulate economic growth, which could be positive for corporate earnings and equity markets. On the other hand, concerns about rising debt levels and potential future fiscal challenges may introduce uncertainty and dampen investor confidence, which could negatively affect equity markets.
  6. Impact on commercial property: The consequences for commercial property will depend on various factors such as the state of the real estate market, overall economic conditions, and investor sentiment. Increased government spending resulting from the debt ceiling agreement could potentially stimulate economic activity, benefiting commercial property sectors. However, if concerns about rising debt levels lead to economic instability or decreased business confidence, it could negatively impact commercial property.
  7. Impact on tangible assets: The impact on tangible assets, such as real estate, commodities, or collectibles, will depend on broader economic factors and investor sentiment. Inflationary concerns resulting from increased government spending may drive investors towards tangible assets as a store of value, potentially benefiting these asset classes.
  8. Confidence in the USA government: The lifting of the debt ceiling, by itself, can have varying effects on confidence in the USA government. If the decision is perceived as a responsible and necessary step to maintain financial stability, it may enhance confidence. However, if the decision is seen as a reflection of fiscal mismanagement or if it creates uncertainty about future government finances, it could erode confidence.
  9. Impact on the Federal Reserve: The Federal Reserve’s decisions are primarily guided by economic indicators, monetary policy goals, and market conditions. While the lifting of the debt ceiling can influence economic factors, the Federal Reserve operates independently and considers a broader range of factors when determining monetary policy.
  10. Impact on liquidity: The impact on liquidity will depend on how the debt ceiling is managed and the specific measures taken by the government. If the debt ceiling is lifted smoothly without causing disruptions or delays in government payments, it may not have a significant impact on liquidity. However, if there are concerns or uncertainties surrounding the lifting of the debt ceiling, it could potentially affect market liquidity, particularly with the issuance of more USA government treasuries sucking up liquidity from the markets.
Snapshot from Jun 2nd 2023 8:00am

Snapshot from Jun 2nd 2023 8:00am


It’s important to note that these are general observations, and the actual consequences can be complex and highly dependent on a multitude of factors. It is always advisable to consult with a financial advisor or expert who can provide personalised guidance based on your specific circumstances and the most up-to-date information available.


This publication has been prepared by BMF Asset Management Pty Limited (ACN 092 277 971, AFSL 224035), to provide you with general information only. In preparing it, we did not take into account the investment objectives, financial situation, or particular needs of any person. It is not intended to take the place of professional advice and you should not take action on specific issues in reliance on this information without consulting us or your financial adviser.

Jill Nes

About The Author

Jill Nes

Jill Nes is the CEO of BMF Wealth, a Global Wealth Management firm looking after High Net Wealth clients with a minimum portfolio size of $2,5 million. Jill is one of very few female Global Wealth Management CEOs in Australia, and brings a caring and nurturing approach to managing Clients’ portfolios. She is a Chartered Accountant and has been managing clients‘ global portfolios for over 40 years.

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