This is AAA rated debt. This is supposed to be the best of the best from a debt perspective. As you can see above, the spreads came down sharply on October 10th as the central bankers of the world decided to bailout everything under the sun. This was done to loosen up the credit markets and get the banks to start lending again. Short term it helped as spreads dropped earlier this week. However, as you can see it only lasted a few days and now spreads are actually rising.
Folks, this chart is even worse. Number one, the spreads are already back to the highs when we all thought the world was going to end if the worlds central bankers didn't bailout out Wall St.
Number two, spreads this wide make this debt essentially worthless. I will repeat what I said yesterday. Any debt that isn't government guaranteed is screwed. Its worthless. The Treasury has essentially thrown all non backstopped debt under the bus.
As a result, banks are going to continue to keep their money in government guaranteed debt versus lending it out. Why risk lending to a bunch of companies that are about to get trounced by one of the worst global slowdowns in history?
I am extremely concerned about what I am hearing out there folks.
There are some frightening reports of uprisings in countries all around the world. Poverty stricken countries are much less able to handle a global slowdown than we are. If you can't put food on the table, you rise up and raise hell.
I am afraid its going to start happening here if things don't start turning around.
Watch the credit spreads like a hawk. If spreads continue to rise, head for the hills. I am extremely concerned that you could see the mother of all stock market crashes if these spreads continue to stay elevated or rise from their current levels.
The credit market is what causes stock market crashes. I am officially on crash alert now.
If the economy has no funding it will fall off a cliff. Lets all hope we find a way out of this.
So far, its not looking good.