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It is odd that over the past 5 days the headlines have been dominated by computer-related events: from program trading fiascoes at Goldman over the weekend, to what seems to be a full scale assault against US governmental and market infrastructure. I have relished in the amusement of Sky Net derived jokes, but this is starting to get all too real. From #810081;">Yahoo Finance: 

The powerful attack that overwhelmed computers at U.S. and South Korean government agencies for days was even broader than realized, also targeting the White House, the Pentagon and the New York Stock Exchange.

An early analysis of the malicious software used in the attack found its targets also included the National Security Agency, Homeland Security Department, State Department, the Nasdaq stock market and The Washington Post. Many of the organizations appeared to successfully blunt the sustained attacks.

The Associated Press obtained the target list from security experts analyzing the attack. It was not immediately clear who might be responsible or what their motives were.

The attack was remarkably successful. Some of the affected government Web sites -- such as the Treasury Department, Federal Trade Commission and Secret Service -- were still reporting problems days after it started during the July 4 holiday.

Obviously, especially as pertains to the capital markets, the greater the reliance on computer models and algos in our daily lives, the greater the risk that sooner or later someone will find a big gaping hole that the countermeasure experts haven't caught yet, and one can only imagine the possible abuse that would result. Visions of the Mac guy attempting to prevent a huge Firesale, however without Agent McLane at his side, emerge.
In other news, Morgan Stanley is hoping to take advantage of the short bus and irrational exuberance yet again, by repackaging a bunch of crappy loans into what will certainly be a doomed attempt at restarting the securitization bubble. From #810081;">Bloomberg:

Morgan Stanley plans to repackage a downgraded collateralized debt obligation backed by leveraged loans into new securities with AAA ratings in the first transaction of its kind, said two people familiar with the sale.

Morgan Stanley is selling $87.1 million of securities that it expects to receive top AAA ratings and $42.9 million of notes graded Baa2, the second-lowest investment grade by Moody’s Investors Service, according to marketing documents obtained by Bloomberg News. The bonds were created from Greywolf CLO I Ltd., a CDO arranged in January 2007 by Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and managed by Greywolf apital Management LP, an investment firm based in Purchase, New York.

Not really much to say there: if investors into this "AAA" security are willing and eager to throw away their money, so be it. MS' persistence is impressive: if the offering is successful, expect the firm and other investment banks to take CDO^2 and repackage their "riskless" tranches into yet another conduit. While the paperwork is already likely in progress in the bowels of 1585 Broadway, the only question is what will this Frankensteinian aberration be named: CDO Quadratic sounds just a little better than CDO Square Squared. McKinsey is likely already providing its extensive appelation consulting skills... in exchange for a handsome fee. Probably the true name "Yet More Soon To Be Phenomenally Uber-Toxic Crap" has not surfaced quite yet.
Let's see what else - Meriwether has blown up his Nth hedge fund....the IMF keeps drinking the Kool Aid... and the market keeps going down. We now have a good 10% retracement from the highs. If Bob Pisani is right, this should be just the opportunity for all the quadrillions in cash on the sidelines to jump in. Many are not holding their breaths.
Lastly, and somewhat most peculiarly, Jean-Pierre Aguillard (together with his co-pilot), died in a freak glider accident #810081;">over the weekend. Many have not heard of Aguilard: it may be surprising for people to learn that he is the French equivalent of Jim Simons, as his firm Capital Fund Management, with $2.7 billion in assets, is one of the largest French hedge funds and at the forefront of electronic and program trading. Curiously, CFM was in the news as recently as on April 22, 2009, CFM replaced its legacy market data distribution system with NYSE Technologies' Market Data Platform at its New York and Paris operations. In fact #810081;">Automated Trader has quite an in depth article on what happened a mere two months ago in an article titled "Capital Fund Management selects NYSE Technologies for new electronic trading platform."

NYSE Technologies has announced that Capital Fund Management (CFM), the French private hedge fund, has licensed its high-speed real-time market data distribution and integration software.
CFM has replaced its legacy market data distribution system with NYSE Technologies' Market Data Platform at its New York and Paris operations. NYSE Technologies’ sub-millisecond feed handlers and high performance Middleware Agnostic Messaging API (MAMA) deliver data to CFM’s trading systems, which handle 100% of the firm’s order flow electronically.

Jacques Sauliere, Chief Operating Officer at CFM, commented, “Since we connect to all major US, European and Asian markets, NYSE Technologies was the clear choice considering the breadth of coverage available through its extensive range of feed handlers, its cutting-edge market data distribution platform and comprehensive value-added services.”
NYSE Technologie will provides CFM with connectivity to a mix of direct market data feeds including NYSE OpenBook, NYSE ARCA Options, NASDAQ ITCH and CME Multicast. This is complemented with connectivity to a vendor consolidated data feed. Sauliere explains, “The consolidated datafeed serves as a back-up, providing the optimal mix of resilience and coverage needed for CFM’s global trading operations.”
Sauliere adds, “During the implementation phase, NYSE Technologies provided us with the ability to work alongside our existing middleware vendor while we transitioned to our new low-latency platform. We were able to consolidate our use of APIs by using its middleware API and write all of our applications to MAMA with the ability to upgrade our middleware in line with technology advances.”
In addition, CFM also uses NYSE Technologies’ Data Access and Reporting Tools (DART) Entitlements to control user and application access to the market data feeds and report on unused or underused market data services. Other value-added services include performance monitoring and a real-time tick capture adapter that consumes data from any industry standard or ODBC database for post-processing of internal data.“CFM is a pioneer in the adoption of pure electronic trading systems generating value for their investors. Being trusted with their business in New York and Paris is something we’re extremely proud of and validates our strategy in serving the buy-side,” said Stanley Young, CEO of NYSE Technologies and Co-Global CIO of NYSE Euronext.

“CFM’s enterprise deployment firmly secures NYSE Technologies as the partner of choice for connectivity, transaction solutions and data management services at the world’s largest and most active trading firms and leading markets.” (highlights mine)

Zero Hedge extends its condolences to Aguilard's family. We, of course, hope that the fund's recent close entanglement with the NYSE for program trading facilitation and the loss of the fund's CEO are purely coincidental, especially in these difficult times for the integrity of program trading courtesy of Goldman Sachs' recently disclosed scandals.
hat tip Jeffrey and ewing2001

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Wed, 07/08/2009 - 15:24 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Wed, 07/08/2009 - 15:32 | Link to Comment thinkinghardwil...
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That remix by MS made me wonder. OK. They can reshuffle the layers of this junk, back it up with some bs monte carlo and produce a better rated most senior bucket. But who is going to hold the rest of this beauty? Perhaps, send it to fed as collateral?

Wed, 07/08/2009 - 15:36 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Wed, 07/08/2009 - 15:48 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Wed, 07/08/2009 - 16:00 | Link to Comment RobotTrader2 (not verified)
Wed, 07/08/2009 - 16:57 | Link to Comment Steak
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Wouldn't the strength in the 10yr be related to the unwind of steepener trades (so lotsa people now going long-10yr short-2yr)?

Wed, 07/08/2009 - 17:03 | Link to Comment deadhead
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The rahmster and company will bash through some sort of stimulus at the precise moment where assistance is needed for the mid term CONgressional elections.


He'll be like Ahminajed (sp?) handing out oil money to rural villagers 2 months ago.

Wed, 07/08/2009 - 20:12 | Link to Comment ghostfaceinvestah
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SPX 7/8: 879.56; SPX 5/1 877.52

CL1 7/8: 60.14; CL1 5/1: 53.20

GT10 7/8: 3.310; GT10 5/1: 3.155

A little slippage in Oil, but besides that, it looks like they have the markets geared exactly how they want them.

Anyone long equities should be worried about where SPX needs to go if they want 2.5% on the 10 yr (<800).


Wed, 07/08/2009 - 20:18 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Wed, 07/08/2009 - 16:03 | Link to Comment Comrade de Chaos
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So WTF is all of the noise surrounding yet another stimulus package? Push it, real good, in several minutes, a bit more higher and higher baby....vacancy rates are ~ 9% therefore housing is on rebound..

Wed, 07/08/2009 - 16:10 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Wed, 07/08/2009 - 17:38 | Link to Comment Ned Zeppelin
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Kind Sir:

Can you elaborate?

Wed, 07/08/2009 - 18:00 | Link to Comment Veteran
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I heard that.  What's the dealyo?  Inquiring minds want to know

Wed, 07/08/2009 - 21:48 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Wed, 07/08/2009 - 16:14 | Link to Comment Comrade de Chaos
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So oil is below 60, someone must be in a rush to reverse their contango positions. : ) First there was a deflationary report by GS and soon after this spectacular drop, is this me or the scheme sounds familiar? Got to give them a credit, to make "the smart money"  believe in oil @ 100 in the deflationary environment , ROFL....

Wed, 07/08/2009 - 16:14 | Link to Comment mikeyv1970
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Well looks like computer kicked in hard at 3:40pm and blasted the DOW and other indices positive in just a few dozen seconds.  Looks like GS and JPM have their puters back up...


Wed, 07/08/2009 - 16:44 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Wed, 07/08/2009 - 16:21 | Link to Comment Bubby BankenStein
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I found it amusing that the MSM credited those guys in funny looking suits on the NYSE floor (Specialists) for manually settling / reconciling their books in the extended session on July 2.  Quite heroic!

Wed, 07/08/2009 - 16:22 | Link to Comment Comrade de Chaos
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now, what was the % drop in gas prices that caused the spectacular "hedgy" 07 explosion? love is in the air.

(damn, i hope to be wrong, because there is such a thing as too much of excitement...)

Wed, 07/08/2009 - 16:28 | Link to Comment spekulatn
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Great stuff on the poor french fella. This movie gets better by the minute.




Wed, 07/08/2009 - 16:38 | Link to Comment Bubby BankenStein
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No worries guys, Blackwater is all over this.

Wed, 07/08/2009 - 16:44 | Link to Comment economessed
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T.D. -- how have you managed to keep Michael Jackson out of this discourse on financial inexplicability, market gamesmanship, and technological mischief?  You have outperformed the MSM for days now.  I have no idea how you are capable of doing this.

Wed, 07/08/2009 - 17:27 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Wed, 07/08/2009 - 17:43 | Link to Comment Ned Zeppelin
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I heard on Bloomberg Surveillance on the way in this morning (having distanced myself from this for a few days to save my sanity) that there was a $19 billion sale of ten years, heard the tick up in price in 10 years and said the same thing about T3, Helicopter Ben and Larry Summers.  Gotta hand it to them - North Korea runs out of  4th of July fireworks and lights off a few ICBMs instead,  cyber-attacks, GS code stolen (gosh!), stock market drops - hell yes I would like to suck up some of that flight to safety paper sir. Damn, Robo Trader  - is it that simple? And the question then is, is this sustainable indefinitely?  

Wed, 07/08/2009 - 17:52 | Link to Comment wiskeyrunner
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Laying the ground work for the government to take over and regulate the intranet. Big brother will be watching. This will be done to prevent any sort of uprising by the masses.

Wed, 07/08/2009 - 18:15 | Link to Comment Veteran
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I was curious about that too.  Last I checked an attack of this purported magnitude constituted an act of war.  Evidently not as newsworthy as an ex football star getting zapped by his breezie

Wed, 07/08/2009 - 21:04 | Link to Comment Buttercup
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Your are correct. 

See the Cybersecurity Act of 2009, a John Rockefller Bill.

Wed, 07/08/2009 - 22:05 | Link to Comment ghostfaceinvestah
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Rockefeller (a CFR member) would love nothing more than to shut down the internet, in order to forward his goal of One World Government.


How that guy keeps getting elected is beyond me.

Thu, 07/09/2009 - 06:42 | Link to Comment zeropointfield (not verified)
Wed, 07/08/2009 - 17:59 | Link to Comment RobotTrader2 (not verified)
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Wed, 07/08/2009 - 19:21 | Link to Comment FischerBlack
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As I read the Morgan Stanley article on Bloomberg today my jaw just dropped. I can't believe the shamelessness of these fucks. Aren't they even a little embarassed?

Wed, 07/08/2009 - 20:34 | Link to Comment berated
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MS manages our company's retirement account. I wrote our account manager about this article and here was his response: These are specialty transactions associated with Morgan Stanley's hedge fund portfolios and have nothing to do with <my company's retirement account>.  Primarily these deals are custom made offerings for a specific insurance company or bank's portfolio.  Clients like these institutions approach Morgan Stanley and ask us to create securities like this all the time.  This is a large portion of the investment banking revenue associated with us or Goldman Sachs.  No comment from us of Goldman indicates the private nature of these transactions.   There is a strong appetite in the institutional marketplace for such securities.  Not on the retail side, hence not much information is pushed out to the public.  They are very complex, customized transactions not suitable for many clients - only very large institutional ones.
Wed, 07/08/2009 - 21:24 | Link to Comment FischerBlack
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This guy is obviously a retail broker and is feeding you the line his compliance people fed him. What he means to say is,


"You know those fees you pay us to manage your retirement plan? Well we use them to pay off something known as a 'ratings agency' for something known as a 'AAA rating' so we can do something known as 'play hide the sausage' with toxic loans to make it simpler to do something known as 'selling them to widows and orphans' so we don't have to think about them anymore. M'kay?'



Wed, 07/08/2009 - 21:46 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Wed, 07/08/2009 - 22:07 | Link to Comment ghostfaceinvestah
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exactly.  it is called an "agency" problem - the stupid fund managers are managing someone else's money.


no doubt they will get a nice dinner and round of golf from MS for buying this sh*t, though.

Thu, 07/09/2009 - 11:04 | Link to Comment Wilderman
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Just finished "House of Cards" by William Cohan, detailing the end of days for Bear Stearns.  They (and apparently Lehman, as well), tried all sorts of bizarre crap like this at the end.  Looks like desperate attempts to raise cash before the ship sinks.

Wed, 07/08/2009 - 20:51 | Link to Comment jm
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What's new on California default risk? 

Wed, 07/08/2009 - 20:55 | Link to Comment hohack
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i need me some MAMA right now.... marla, music please?


ot:  td what kind of captcha asks  '(-450) minus (-304) equals'  , wtf? minus minus a minus.....  = lol ... stud.

Wed, 07/08/2009 - 21:04 | Link to Comment Marla Singer
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The Zero Hedge captcha... that's which one.

Wed, 07/08/2009 - 21:34 | Link to Comment FischerBlack
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I hope you're not tracking wrong answers. I just got two wrong in a row. And that's embarassing because I was using a calculator.

Wed, 07/08/2009 - 20:58 | Link to Comment RobotTrader2 (not verified)
Wed, 07/08/2009 - 21:04 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Wed, 07/08/2009 - 21:45 | Link to Comment FischerBlack
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I covered all of my shorts yesterday in my PA, and then got lured into some SDS calls at the day's low today. I'm still contemplating suicide for being such a sucker. I predicted this morning to my assistant that SPY would break below the 200 day and then close near the open. I don't know why I was lured into this loser short position when I had a perfectly sound and reasonable theory that had yet to be falsified.

Now, I'm probably going to have to take a loss tomorrow thanks to all the goddamned 'green shoots' growing out of the ass of Alcoa. (Though, I am very surprised at the lack of after-hours bullishness from little Billy and his odd-lots.)

I think we get a rally here until maybe the third week of July, and then we roll over.



Wed, 07/08/2009 - 22:10 | Link to Comment ghostfaceinvestah
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you might be OK for tomorrow morning, we still have some 30 year debt to sell, but once that auction is over, the market is going to take off like a rocket.

pure manipulation.  oh well, in 5-6 years earnings will catch up to justify S&P @ 900, which is where it will still be.

Thu, 07/09/2009 - 00:46 | Link to Comment taocean
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take the 10.

Wed, 07/08/2009 - 21:06 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Wed, 07/08/2009 - 21:12 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Wed, 07/08/2009 - 21:15 | Link to Comment Marla Singer
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Blogspot is not long for this world.


I have moderated the 700 level discrete math CAPTCHA problems.  (Wimps!)


I was considering this:


Which word does not belong to the list?: * markopolis smart reliable waters ethical Which word does not belong to the list?: * blankfein courageous waters madoff summers Which word does not belong to the list?: * intelligent honest smart summers hero
Wed, 07/08/2009 - 21:51 | Link to Comment Anonymous
Wed, 07/08/2009 - 21:52 | Link to Comment FischerBlack
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LOL, what a great idea! I can tick off around ten people I know personally who would get all three of them totally wrong.

Wed, 07/08/2009 - 23:53 | Link to Comment Renfield
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Radio buttons works for me...BTW the CAPTCHA on my PC isn't accepting more than one (1) digit in the answer bar. (Counting minus signs as digits, I've had to go thru 3 (that's +3) attempts.)

Wed, 07/08/2009 - 21:22 | Link to Comment hohack
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uh oh.

Wed, 07/08/2009 - 23:08 | Link to Comment Mako
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Every once in a while I will read something someone posts about KD. The guy makes very little sense most of the time.

"That's total credit market instruments, all sectors, and it is still rising. In fact, it is rising fast - very fast! Currently at $52.9 trillion dollars, up from $50.7 1Q 2008, and up from $31.9 trillion in 2002." - From his blog that a friend forwarded to me

He is 100% correct that the US total credit market debt is $52.9T, something I talk about often. What he is completely wrong about is it's NOT "rising fast - very fast". Contrary to his belief the total credit market debt is in fact slowing down at an alarming rate.

At the end of Q1 2009, total credit market debt went up $371B ($1.484T annualized) sounds like a lot, huh. Well, in fact it's not enough to service the $52.9T of total credit market debt. In fact, in Q3 2007 was creating new credit at a $1.3T ($5.2T annualized) rate.... by the time Q2 came around in 2008 it was getting very bad. See federal reserve Z1 report.

Humans have a credit financial system that is built on the absolute NEED of the system to create credit at an exponential rate, yet humans have no ability to fuel that equation forever.

How dipshit KD comes to the conclusion that total credit market debt is rising faster and at a faster rate is beyond stupid, it's completely WRONG. If it were rising at a fast rate everything would be great.

If he is unable to post the real numbers and figure out what they mean in his own blog than he certainly does belong on CNBC with Big Bird, he will fit right in.


What KD and Big Bird fail to understand is that total credit market debt can't be allowed to roll backwards, there is no reverse gear.  KD has been reading my post but he has no idea what he is talking about.  He for sure hasn't gone through the Z1 report back to 1944, if he did he would NOT be saying the freaking thing is rising very fast. 




Thu, 07/09/2009 - 02:32 | Link to Comment ghostfaceinvestah
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Your numbers may be correct, but you draw pretty radical conclusions ("Humans have a credit financial system that is built on the absolute NEED of the system to create credit at an exponential rate").

This is nothing but a side effect of a fiat currency system.  In such a system, debt IS money, you are correct in that the beast must continually be fed.

Moving to a stable currency with a stable money supply (PM-based, no fractional reserving) would solve all this.  the transition to such a system would be painful, but the pain would be temporary.

It isn't so much "humans" need the credit financial system you describe, but that we have chosen this system (or more accurately, the system was chosen for us).

Research the currency of the Byzantine empire - it was metal based, and was not debased as the Romans did constantly to their currency, and lasted for hundreds of years, and was used around the globe due to its stability.

"Humans" are not doomed to an unstable financial system.  It just happens to benefit the few at the expense of the many.  A literal road to serfdom.

BTW, this captcha system has some glitches, some answers require 4 digits but the system only accepts 3.

Thu, 07/09/2009 - 07:43 | Link to Comment Mako
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"Moving to a stable currency with a stable money supply (PM-based, no fractional reserving) would solve all this."

Let me see, the system blew up in the 1929, 1873, and 1807 here in the US and you had a fixed "money" supply.  Why?  Because "credit" is not fixed, you must pay interest or the system collapses.  Now if humans stop using compounding interest which requires exponential growth than yes... but a fixed standard does not do this.  During all those periods above there was fixed money, so what?

You ran out of money to support the equation.  You don't need a central bank to have fractional reserve.  Are you going to outlaw the right to contract?  How exactly are you going to do this?  Are you going to outlaw banks?  Are you going to outlaw people lending to each other?


Go to that system today, tomorrow will look like WW3.


There is one and only one direction once you go to exponential growth model, UP.  You are either creating enough or you are not, if you are not than within a very short period of time DEATH SPIRAL.


What KD said about total credit market debt is not only wrong it's dead wrong.

Thu, 07/09/2009 - 07:48 | Link to Comment Mako
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(here's KD numbers that he is going to show Big Bird)


There is no deleveraging, deleveraging = greatest of all depressions. 

The global financial credit system does not run in reverse.  What those numbers show KD is that the credit market is about to collapse. 

How can you deleverage when you owe service to the outstanding amount?  It's a one way system.

KD would fit right on in at CNBC with this nonsense. 


Wed, 07/08/2009 - 23:38 | Link to Comment Anonymous
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Thu, 07/09/2009 - 02:34 | Link to Comment ghostfaceinvestah
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i believe you.  any idea of timeline?

Thu, 07/09/2009 - 09:15 | Link to Comment Veteran
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Re:  captcha update.  Sweet fecking jeebus.  If I wanted to feel stupid by failing  math questions I'd go back to work.  Thanks for nothing.  (I had to repost this because I got the first answer wrong)

Thu, 07/09/2009 - 10:40 | Link to Comment dnarby
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Hmm...  My captcha for this message was  X * -6 = -144.


Next up calculus, after that...   Differential equations!

Thu, 07/09/2009 - 10:51 | Link to Comment Gilgamesh
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Congress is acting like Google AdSense here.



US House of Representative member Maloney says commercial real estate is a ticking time bomb Thu, 15:14 09-07-2009


Time to cover?

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