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Over 60% are interest swaps. The other questions then are the value of the collateral and the counterparty netting.  There is a lot not to like in they system, but Bloomberg is providing misdirection.
by rootless2 on Sun Dec 11th, 2011 at 09:41:58 AM EST
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But it does not take so much to do great damage. Morgan Stanley has written about $40 billion in CDS for French banks and that is several times the value of their equity. How many US banks could withstand HAVING to write off 80% of a $40 billion debt? And how likely is it that only two or three banks would be affected?

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun Dec 11th, 2011 at 11:13:27 AM EST
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Is that based on the Zero Hedge article? Because I don't really see that as persuasive. What's the counterparty net? Without that and some understanding of the collaterals it's impossible to have even an approximate sense of the exposure.

http://articles.businessinsider.com/2011-10-19/wall_street/30296727_1_morgan-stanley-exposure-french -banks

by rootless2 on Sun Dec 11th, 2011 at 11:26:01 AM EST
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