The European "Subprime" Contagion Arrives: Portuguese, Belgian And Spanish Bank CDS Rout
Forget Greece: the European "subprime" contagion is spreading. The biggest daily movers in CDS land are now not some irrelevant Greek banks which the world has now given up on, but Portuguese Caixa Geral de Depositos, S.A. (+32 bps, 12%), Belgian Fortis NV (+8 bps, 11%) and Spanish Banco de Sabadell SA (+20 bps, 8%) and Banco Pastor SA (+23 bps, 7%). But. But. GDP is only 2% of GDP? (more like -5% when EuroStat is done with them). But it's all good - the IMF's Strauss-Kahn, who is always on top of stuff, sees no threat of contagion. Buy the pre-bankruptcy dips. Or is that DIPs?