From Doug Kass at thestreet.com comes this article on what's going on in the credit markets. Yes, 99% of people in America don't know, don't care and don't want to be bothered with all this financial mumbo jumbo CDO credit risk subprime blather...
Consider what has occurred and is now occurring in subprime. The prices of mortgages are rising as the originations become less profitable for the financial intermediaries that serve the market. In turn, housing affordability worsens, delinquencies and foreclosures rise, housing inventories build further, and home prices drop in the second leg down for residential real estate.
This is the vicious cycle and contagion in credit markets.
Now I am hearing stories of plunging demand for CDO tranches and sponsors taking large fee-haircuts before deals can be sold. It is in the mixed asset class of CDOs where the contagion of subprime might soon spread as buyers recoil from sharper-than-anticipated losses in the mortgage market.
Credit spreads are flying open and the vicious cycle of credit has begun as the evaluation of risk is reassessed.
Given the sheer size and significance of the unregulated credit derivative markets, this is the kind of stuff that capital market crashes are made of.