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  • In the event of a missed payment, the US has three days to cure

    posted to Credit Writedowns on Tue 8th Oct 13

    By Sober LookCredit Suisse recently pointed out an important fact about US sovereign credit default swap (CDS) mechanics. US CDS is based on treasuries (linked to a specific security – the co-called “reference obligation”), which according

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    posted to Credit Writedowns on Fri 4th Oct 13

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  • Becalmed Markets Conceal Rising Anxiety

    posted to Credit Writedowns on Fri 4th Oct 13

    By Marc ChandlerThe US dollar is narrowly mixed against major and emerging market currencies. Comments by House Speaker Boehner that he will form a majority bloc to avoid a default by the Federal government is being understood two ways.On one hand, some take

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  • Household income in the U.S. remains well below pre-recession levels

    posted to Credit Writedowns on Sat 10th Aug 13

    By Sober LookOne of the key reasons for the mediocre economic growth in the US has been the ongoing weakness in household wages. As the chart below shows, US median inflation-adjusted household income (red line) remains well below pre-recession levels (the

  • Eurozone Contagion: S&P Moves Belgium To Negative Outlook

    posted to Credit Writedowns on Tue 14th Dec 10

    by Win ThinHere are some more thoughts on S&P moving its outlook on Belgiums AA+ rating to negative from stable.  S&P noted that it may cut the rating by one notch within the next six months if the major political parties do not form a government

  • Britains illusory housing recovery

    posted to Credit Writedowns on Thu 15th Aug 13

    By Frances CoppolaApparently there is life in the UK housing market. According to ONS, UK house prices increased by 3.1% in the 12 months to June 2013, up from a 2.9% increase in the 12 months to May 2013. Predictably, vested interests like estate agents, surveyors

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