Local Governments Face Another Headwind – State, Federal Budget Tightening

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Mark Melin
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There has been a significant conversation regarding Federal and state government debt, with the question of “how much debt is too much” not drawing a conclusive response. Japan, with a debt to GDP level of 229%, seems to defy those who argue for balanced budgets. Greece, by comparison, stands at 176% while the US is at 104%. Certain state debt problems, such as New Jersey, have been declared mathematically unsolvable while cities such as Chicago scramble to pay for increasingly difficult to meet pension demands. As governments potentially button up their fiscal houses, the downstream impact could be felt in…

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Mark Melin is an alternative investment practitioner whose specialty is recognizing the impact of beta market environment on a technical trading strategy. A portfolio and industry consultant, wrote or edited three books including High Performance Managed Futures (Wiley 2010) and The Chicago Board of Trade’s Handbook of Futures and Options (McGraw-Hill 2008) and taught a course at Northwestern University's executive education program.

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