Krugman Equates CDO Market To ‘90s Stock Bubble

  • 03 Jul 2007
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In a recent column in The New York Times’ opinion section, economist Paul Krugman parallels the current state of the collateralized debt obligation market with Enron-style accounting practices of the 1990’s stock bubble. Krugman argues that the ratings agencies, Standard & Poor’s, Moody’s Investors Service and Fitch Ratings have been approving risky CDOs with high ratings even when the bonds don’t deserve such ratings.

Krugman says that the price of a basket of loans within the $800 billion subprime mortgage market has lost about 40% of its value since January. He also estimates that losses in the CDO market may range between $125-250 billion and cites some analysts as believing that a wave of problems in the CDO market will further dampen housing prices.

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  • 03 Jul 2007

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1 Bank of America Merrill Lynch (BAML) 4,755 19 11.75
2 Citi 4,288 14 10.60
3 Rabobank 2,633 4 6.51
4 Goldman Sachs 2,615 4 6.46
5 Barclays 2,603 8 6.43

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4 JPMorgan 33,301.70 114 7.10%
5 Credit Suisse 25,010.27 80 5.33%