Covenants

Junk Bond Debt Covenant Quality Drops To All Time Lows

The Moody's Covenant Quality score was developed to measure the change in bond structuring terms that will be detrimental to bond investor. It moves between 1 and 5 with 5 being the weakest covenant quality. It is now at all time lows.

Futures Flat As Payrolls Loom, Dollar Slide Continues

It took stocks only a few minute to "price in" the latest political shock out of Washington, with the Emini trading 0.07% higher this morning on news that Mueller now has a grand jury, while European and Asian shares are little changed as investors await the looming July jobs report.

Netflix Is Spending Twice As Much As Amazon On Content

To continue its growth, Netflix will have to spend some $8.7 billion in cash on new content, nearly $2 billion more than it did in 2016, and more than double what its nearest, and cash flow positive competitor, Amazon, is spending on new content.

"A Reverse Rollup From Hell": China's "Boldest Dealmaker" Faces Margin Call Disintegration

China's "boldest dealmaker", HNA Group, suddenly faces not only growing regulatory scrutiny from Beijing that threatens to raise HNA’s financing costs, but also send its shares plunging as holders are forced to liquidate, accelerating the company's demise. And, in an scenario that can only be dubbed as a "reverse rollup from hell" if the value of its stock price falls enough, HNA may soon be forced to disintegrate.

World Money: Five Hidden Signals From The IMF

"By the time the final loss of confidence arrives, much of the damage will already have been done. The analytic key is to look for those minor events pointing in the direction of lost confidence in the dollar... With that information investors can take defensive measures before it’s too late."

"Get Rich Quick In Virginia"

"Richmond VA is inundated with radio commercials to get rich quick by flipping houses. And I’ve seen articles in the paper about flippers. I, too, viewed this as being indicative of a top. We’ve also seen a huge surge in new restaurants."

Is Canada The Next Hot Money Victim?

One of the interesting things about the Great Recession was how Canada’s financial system sailed through it largely unscathed. But instead of Americans learning from Canada, Canadians appear to have concluded that we had it right after all... and have started to behave like turbo-charged Americans

How Uber Hurts Hertz

While Hertz gets keelhauled when it loses a few hundred millions dollars, Uber is considered a hero when it loses billions of dollars. It’s easy to plow down competition when burning unlimited amounts of investor cash is part of the business model. This allows Uber to undercut any kind of competition.

LIBOR Pains

LIBOR is a benchmark reference rate (which explains why some banks were so eager to manipulate it). The pricing of all kinds of floating-rate debt is tied to it (corporate loans, mortgages, student loans, credit card debt, and assorted derivatives, such as currency and interest rate swaps, etc.). That has now become a problem.