Friday, June 03, 2016

The $6 TRILLION Corporate Debt Implosion 
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"The corporate bond market is a $6 trillion time bomb waiting to go off .. It took the U.S. half a century to grow its corporate bond market to $3 trillion. Thanks to the Fed implementing ZIRP and holding rates there for seven years, we’ve doubled the corporate bond market, adding another $3 trillion in corporate debt… since the financial crisis .. These bonds are junk… literally. The average credit rating is junk. All told, since 2012, 75% of companies accessing the bond market have had a credit rating of single-B .. So… if the corporate bond market is now TWICE as large as it was in 2008. And the quality of the bonds is lower than it was at the PEAK of the previous bubble… what does that tell us about the state of affairs for the markets in 2016? And look… delinquencies are spiking on corporate loans from commercial banks… indicating that businesses (the same businesses that are issuing record amounts of garbage debt) are not paying banks back for corporate loans .. More and more this environment feels like just before the financial crisis: when the economy was in collapse but stocks held up on hopes that the Fed could maintain the bubble. The time to prepare for this bubble to burst is now."
- Graham Summers
link here to the commentary

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