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Wake us up when the US defaults, hedge funds say

October 7, 2013: 3:44 PM ET

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Fund managers are barely paying attention to the drama in Washington, because they say it's impossible to make bets ahead of a debt resolution. And nearly every fund manager expects a resolution, even if it goes down to the wire.

"I'm still of the camp that this will get solved at the very last minute, and until then, there's nothing to do," a manager of a $6 billion hedge fund who requested anonymity said Monday morning.

"But, if nothing gets solved by October 17th and the Dow drops 1,000 points, I'm a buyer," he added.

Several other fund managers echoed his sentiments Monday. Few, if any, intend to make any trades with the debt ceiling in mind. That is unless Congress actually lets the U.S. default.

Related: Four debt ceiling scenarios freaking out traders

Should that terrifying prospect play out, most hedge funds managers expect the stock market to fall precipitously. That crash or correction would offer a reason to buy stocks... immediately.

Still not everyone is as calm.

One manager who invests in several hedge funds on behalf of his clients wrote via email: "My managers aren't concerned, but I am."

He worries that everybody is too complacent right now and that the market could get caught off guard. For now, he hasn't found many people in the investment world who share his angst.

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Maureen Farrell is a staff writer at CNNMoney and covers Wall Street, banking, mergers and the stock and bond markets. Prior to joining CNNMoney, she covered venture capital and entrepreneurs for Forbes, and mergers and bankruptcy for Mergermarket and Debtwire, both divisions of the Financial Times.

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