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Debt Default Contingency Plans

A pedestrian walks past the U.S. Treasury Building in Washington on a rainy day.

Debt Default Contingency Plans


Warren Buffett likens it to a nuclear attack. Economists warn that government spending on programs like Social Security would plunge. The Treasury says the economy would slide into a recession worse than the last.

Yet you wouldn't know that a U.S. debt default could amount to a nightmare from the way many companies and investors are preparing for it: They aren't. The assumption seems to be that in the end, Washington will find a way to avert a default.


Reporting by the Associated Press.