Wednesday, September 16, 2009

No Panic, Just Bad Debt

Great comment:

As of last week, the ABX index of sub-prime mortgage debt showed that AAA-rated securities from early 2007 were trading at 28 cents on the dollar – AA was at 4 cents, near all-time lows. No one can say that $2 trillion (£1.2 trillion) of sub-prime and Alt-A debt is still trading at panic levels, exaggerating losses. The dust has settled. What we can see is that creditors will never recoup their money.
I said in January 2008 there was no panic:
I think there is currently no panic in the market and there never has been since the bubble started unwinding, in the sense that nothing has become systematically undervalued yet.

What have looked like "panics" in February, August, and last week have been prices beginning to approach reasonable levels only to have bull market conditioning cause people to buy the dips.
People crying "panic" were just crooks looking for a taxpayer bailout.

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