For weeks traders have talked “tapering”. They were almost sure it would have begun last month, now they were expecting big news this month. Others were saying by the end of the year. But everyone was sure tapering would begin soon. That was until the impossible happened. The US government has shut down. Most speculators figured US politicians were playing theatrics and would come up with a last minute agreement as they do all the time but this time they seem to have out maneuvered themselves. Putting themselves in a bind. The noose is now tightening as the budget crisis becomes ensnared with the debt ceiling negotiations.