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Monday, November 28, 2011

NY Times: "Crisis in Europe Tightens Credit Across the Globe"

by Calculated Risk on 11/28/2011 11:04:00 PM

From the NY Times: Crisis in Europe Tightens Credit Across the Globe

Europe’s worsening sovereign debt crisis has spread beyond its banks and the spillover now threatens businesses on the Continent and around the world.

From global airlines and shipping giants to small manufacturers, all kinds of companies are feeling the strain as European banks pull back on lending in an effort to hoard capital and shore up their balance sheets.

The result is a credit squeeze for companies from Berlin to Beijing ...
I've been watching some of the credit indicators we tracked several years ago - like the TED spread and the two year U.S. dollar swap spread - both are rising, but are well below the levels during the financial crisis. Probably the most significant channel of contagion from the European financial crisis would be tightening of U.S. credit conditions - and so far the tightening in the U.S. appears to be minimal. However, as the NY Times story points out, tighter credit could be impacting U.S. trading partners "from Berlin to Beijing".

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