Irish-German 2 Year Spread Hits Lifetime High On Rumor Of Missed Irish Coupon Payment
The 2 Year Ireland-Bund spread has just hit an all time record wide of 835 bps, following unconfirmed rumors that either Ireland or Allied Irish Bank has missed a coupon payment. Since the latter is backstopped by the former it is rather difficult to see where one ends and the other begins. And confirming that Europe can no longer use MENA or Japan as a smokescreen, Greek 10 year spread to Bunds widens 16 bps to 935 bps. Since pretty much all curves are inverted, we expect Ireland to approach Greek default risk within days. This is especially true since nothing in Europe's fiscal situation has changed and the dire funding requirements for debt rolling and deficit funding, are, well, dire.
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