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Category Archives: Credit Default Swaps

Who’s Next? Venezuela’s Collapse Puts These Nations At Risk

"It's a wake-up call for a lot of people who will say ‘Look, the stuff I own is actually very risky'…" warns Ray Jian, who oversees about $6 billion at Pioneer Investment Management Ltd. in London. "People have been ignoring risks in places like Lebanon for a long time," and the official default of Venezuela […]

Bitcoin Surges Near $8000 Record Highs After Venezuela Default

We have already discussed the hyperbitcoinization of the Venezuelan economy and it appears, judging by the most recent surge, that tonight's 'official' default events for the sovereign (and PDVSA) have triggered a further rush to the 'safety' of a decentralized store of wealth… As we noted previously, Venezuela’s worsening economic collapse has created something of […]

Venezuela Signs $3.2 Billion Debt Restructuring Deal With Russia

As Venezuela teeters right on the brink of complete financial collapse, Bloomberg reports that Russia has agreed to restructure roughly $3.2 billion in outstanding obligations.  While details of the restructuring agreement are scarce, both sides reported that the deal spreads payments out over 10 years with minimal cash service required over the next six years. […]

“They’re Ba-ack!” – Citi Says Synthetic CDOs May Reach $100 Billion In 2017, 5x Increase In 2 Years

35-year-old Jia Chen of Citibank probably has no idea where that title quote above came from.  That’s because she was roughly 4 years old when Poltergeist II hit theaters back in 1986… …that said, Citibank, as we noted a few weeks back, has every confidence that Jia is the perfect person to put in charge […]

Are Cryptocurrencies Inflationary?

Are Cryptocurrencies Inflationary? Posted with permission and written by John Rubino, Dollar Collapse      There’s a debate raging over what, exactly, bitcoin and the thousand or so other cryptocurrencies actually are. Some heavy-hitters are weighing in with strong, if not always coherent opinions:   Jamie Dimon calls bitcoin a ‘fraud’   JPMorgan Chase CEO […]

US Debt Ceiling, The Wall, Runaway Spending, & The Lack Of Evidence Of Concern… So Far

Via Snake Hole Lounge blog, The US Statutory Debt Limit, a failed tool to halt the endless growth of Federal debt issuance, is once again in play at nearly $20 trillion. It was only at $6 trillion in 2002. The problem, of course, is runaway Fed spending which is currently at around twice that of […]

Yellen Warns Of “Algo Presence” In Markets, Fears “Risks Of Excessive Optimism”

While we will not see her speech or Q&A, the much anticipated speech on financial stability from Janet Yellen has just dropped. While expectations were for a 'snoozefest' speech, market volatility heading in suggested more than a little anxiety. While the core of her speech pushed back against easing financial reforms, she fears "risks of […]

Sanctions, What Sanctions? Russian Credit Risk Collapses To 4-Year Lows

After more than three years of US sanctions (and almost a year of constant attacks from the western media) Russian credit risk has collapsed to its lowest level since September 2013. As Bloomberg notes, high demand for Russia’s dollar-denominated assets is driving the cost of the country’s credit-default swaps back near record lows… Investors with […]

Breslow Turns Bullish: “Don’t Assume Each Event Will End Badly”

After a period of several weeks in which Bloomberg’s macro/FX commentator Richard Breslow took a tentative gamble on the skeptical, if not outright bearish, side in this morning’s note the former FX trader has shifted his outlook to a modestly more bullish one, cautioning that in light of recent events, “too many commentators have fallen […]

“Paper Money Disappears” Among Nomura’s 10 Grey Swan Events For 2017

From "the end of cash" to "Trump muzzling The Fed" to "Russia going on the warpath", Nomura unveils its unlikely-but-impactful grey swan scenarios for 2017… As Nomura writes, while we would like to be able to predict black swans, by definition they are unpredictable. However, its close cousin, the grey swan, can be envisaged. These […]