“The fiscal cliff standoff adds another negative to a weak economy, says Pimco CEO Mohamed El-Erian.
A plunge off the cliff “isn’t the end of the world, but it’s not a good thing” he tells CNBC. “Two things anyone comes away with are dysfunction and polarization.”
The fiscal cliff means that unless Congress and the White House reach a deal today, $607 billion of tax hikes and spending cuts begin Jan. 1.
As for the economy, “the new normal is a stagnant economy with an overlay of political polarization and dysfunction,” El-Erian says.
“The new normal is sluggish growth and persistently high unemployment and concerns about debt and deficits.”Twitter