BUSINESS
10/30/2010 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Budget Deficit: Bond Market Wants Obama To Spend More

Instead of punishing the Obama administration for running up a budget deficit the Congressional Budget Office said will total $1.34 trillion this year, bond investors are pouring money into fixed-income assets as inflation slows and equity markets stumble. That's a turnaround from 16 years ago, when Bill Clinton was forced to abandon stimulus plans after his advisers said the bond market would punish him with higher borrowing costs if it sensed swelling deficits.

"The deficit concerns are on the back burner," said Andy Richman, who oversees $10 billion as a strategist in Palm Beach, Florida for SunTrust Bank's private wealth management division. "The bigger concerns are on the deflationary mode and seeing growth slowing in the second half of the year."

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