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[video] Quick Take: Re-Opening the Debt Ceiling Debate

NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Market participants have been able to focus on corporate earnings over the past week and a half, rather than macro headwinds.

According to TheStreet's Jill Malandrino, who is with Dan Collins of DanCollinsReport.com, Tuesday's release of the nonfarm payrolls report for September has restarted talks of tapering.

It is now widely expected that the Federal Reserve will hold back from tapering until sometime in 2014.

Collins said that tapering had always been dependent on the labor markets and economy, but that changed when the debt ceiling debate emerged earlier this month, and that it was the second time in three years the U.S. government seemed to play with the idea of defaulting on its obligations.

He even questioned why fund managers owning U.S. Treasuries, wouldn't want to reduce their exposure.

The fact that the S&P 500 has rallied 24% this year would aid the argument that the Fed could start to trim its asset purchases, Collins suggested.

In the end, it all circles back to when the Fed will feel it is time to finally taper. With the labor market only slightly improving and plenty of international and domestic headwinds, it could be tough for that to happen, he concluded.

-- Written by Bret Kenwell in Petoskey, Mich.