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Friday, October 10, 2008

Credit Spreads: Still Getting Worse

by Calculated Risk on 10/10/2008 02:28:00 PM

The TED spread (the difference between the LIBOR interest rate and the three month T-bill) has increased to a record 4.65 today. Completely off the recent charts! Here is the TED Spread from Bloomberg.

A2P2 Spread Long TermHere is a graph via Macroblog that shows a long term view of the TED spread (doesn't include the recent spike to 4.65).

There are a few earlier periods when the TED spread was higher than today (like during the '73-'75 recession).

But 4.65 is pretty close to the all time high.

And the following graph is the A2/P2 spread from the Fed's commercial paper report. The A2/P2 Spread hit 459 bp yesterday.

When the A2/P2 spread spiked to 160 last year that was considered shocking; now that spike looks minor.

A2P2 Spread Click on graph for larger image in new window.

This is the spread between high and low quality 30 day nonfinancial commercial paper.

These is still no relief in the credit markets.