Category Archives: corporate rates

8/3/20: Global Economy’s Titanic: Meet Your Iceberg


Here's that iceberg that is drifting toward our economy's Titanic... and no, it ain't a virus, but it is our choice:

Via: @Schuldensuehner

Years of easy credit, easy money. The pile of debt from Baa to lower ratings is the real threat here, for its sustainability is heavily contingent on two highly correlated factors: cost of debt (interest rates) and availability of liquidity. The two factors are closely correlated, but are also somewhat distinct. And both are linked to the state of the global economy.

There are additional problems hidden within A and even Aa rated debt, since these ratings are vulnerable to downgrades, and current Aa rating shifting to Baa or Ba will entail a discrete jump in the cost of debt refinancing and carry.

24/2/19: Eurozone’s Corporate Yields are not quite in a crisis territory… yet…


Euro area high yield corporate credit rates are under pressure to continue moving:


But they are far from being dramatic, even though banking sector margins have now surpassed ex-crises averages:


The problem, however, is what awaits on the horizon. So far, the ECB is planning on hiking rates in the second half of 2019. If it does, with one 25 bps hikes to the end of 2019, we are looking at high yield rates jumping close to a 7 percent mark:


That is a bit more testing than the current above-the-average yields.

24/2/19: Eurozone’s Corporate Yields are not quite in a crisis territory… yet…


Euro area high yield corporate credit rates are under pressure to continue moving:


But they are far from being dramatic, even though banking sector margins have now surpassed ex-crises averages:


The problem, however, is what awaits on the horizon. So far, the ECB is planning on hiking rates in the second half of 2019. If it does, with one 25 bps hikes to the end of 2019, we are looking at high yield rates jumping close to a 7 percent mark:


That is a bit more testing than the current above-the-average yields.