By Pierpaolo Barbieri and Dimitris Valatsas
The United States government openly flirting with a default on its debt is, to the financial system, like a Pope wondering out loud about the existence of God.
Investors at first were baffled by the possibility that Congress would once again push the country to the financial precipice, and the tension on Wall Street and Main Street steadily rose as October 17 approached. And then, at the seeming last minute, a solution finally was reached in Washington. Read more