With the news, the equity markets are rallying with a risk on feel to it as they take comfort that the G20 has agreed to address their fiscal mess.
Clearly, the G20 nations realize the Greek experience is not one they want to repeat at home. It is a major victory for Canada and Germany as those countries have been advocating the ensemble embrace putting a fiscal plan in place.
While it may seem counterintuitive to some, the reasons for focusing on deficit reduction is spelled out in a paper by University of Chicago’s John H. Cochraneentitled, "Understanding Policy in the Great Recession: Some Unpleasant Fiscal Arithmetic."
He comes to this startling conclusion:
“Will we get inflation? The scenario leading to inflation starts with poor growth, possibly
reinforced by to larger government distortions, higher tax rates, and policy uncertainty. Lower growth is the single most important negative influence on the Federal budget. Then, the government may have to make good on its many credit guarantees. A wave of sovereign (Greece), semi-sovreign (California) and private (pension funds, mortgages) bailouts may pave the way. A failure to resolve entitlement programs that everyone sees lead to unsustainable deficits will not help.”