Stocks Bounce as Investors Expect Debt Ceiling Deal

The debt ceiling fight finally appears to be impacting markets — just not in the way many have expected. Markets actually gained on Thursday as investors felt bullish on negotiations. In fact, the S&P 500 closed on its highest point since August.

And industry insiders are indeed optimistic. KKM Financial’s CEO Jeff Kilburg told CNBC that investors have been able to “look through” the debt ceiling negotiations drama.

“I have optimism on the market, but also optimism that we’re going to find a way to move forward. The U.S. government’s never truly going to walk away from their default,” Kilburg added.

Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has said that the government could be unable to pay its bills as soon as June 1. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and President Joe Biden have expressed optimism about reaching a deal in time to avoid a default.

Even if the debt ceiling fight is just, as Kilburg characterized, “a lot of noise,” that noise can still impact markets. This is why investors want a steady hand guiding their investments. That’s where active management can help.

See more: “How the Debt Ceiling Fight Could Roil Markets

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