Chart of the Day: Spreads Relative to Historical Highs

Monday, April 14, 2008 | 11:45 AM

Interesting chart via a recent IMF report:


The chart above comes from Gary E., who also sends along this commentary: 

Angel Gurria,  Mexico's external debt negotiator in the 1980's and -90's and later Finance and Foreign Minister, (now Secretary-General of the OECD) used to take a beating from the arrogant bankers he was forced to sit across the table with. Wow, the tide turned! Now the banks are begging the governments they once called "deadbeats" for capital. Beware, my emerging market friends, once (or maybe if) the G7 christens their 'inflation fighting aircraft carrier', the tide will turn.

Not unlike the 1970's, EM is almost purely an inflation trade. And have you seen Eastern Europe's current account deficits? Bulgaria's 21 percent of GDP CA deficit financed by foreign real estate speculators?   Nevertheless,  look at how the trade of buying historical highs and selling historical lows has paid.

Angel Gurria must be laughing now - about "20-year old traders in tennis shoes."


Spreads relative to historical highs
January 2008

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What does this mean for the markets? Credit spreads have never really made sense to me. Are you saying that the size of the spread has to come down and that the financial markets will rally?

Posted by: Bob Harnett | Apr 14, 2008 2:41:03 PM

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