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Monday, December 17, 2007

Moody's Warnings on Monoline Guarantors Impacts $1.2 Trillion Debt

by Calculated Risk on 12/17/2007 10:05:00 AM

From Bloomberg: Moody's Warnings on FGIC, MBIA Cast Doubt on $1.2 Trillion Debt

Moody's Investors Service's warning that the top credit ratings of FGIC Corp. and three other bond insurers may be cut casts doubt on $1.2 trillion of municipal, corporate and asset-backed securities.
``Everyone understands the systemic risk if even one of these companies is downgraded,'' said Peter Plaut, an analyst at hedge fund manager Sanno Point Capital Management in New York.
Does everyone understand the systemic risk? I'm not so sure. This warning puts 89,709 public finance issues on negative watch and probably impacts most communities in the U.S..