Chronicles Of Depression 2.0: #214

How bad? Worse than this!

This is from the Financial Times, dammit.

Panic grips credit markets

The panic in world credit markets reached historic intensity on Wednesday, prompting a flight to safety of the kind not seen since the second world war.

Barometers of financial stress hit record peaks across the world. Yields on short-term US Treasuries hit their lowest level since the London Blitz, while gold had its biggest one-day gain ever in dollar terms. Lending between banks, in effect, stopped.

Emphasis added by me.

More:

One cause for fear came when shares in a supposedly safe money market mutual fund fell below par value – or “broke the buck” – owing to losses on debt in Lehman Brothers, which filed for bankruptcy protection on Monday. This raised the risk that retail investors in other such funds could panic and pull out their money.

All thought of profit was abandoned as traders piled in to the safety of short-term Treasuries, with the yield on three-month bills falling as low as 0.02 per cent – rates that characterised the “lost decade” in Japan. The last time US Treasuries were this low was January 1941.

Emphasis added by me.

More:

A key measure of fear in the fixed-income markets – the so-called Ted spread, which tracks the difference between three-month Libor and Treasury bill rates – moved above 3 per cent, higher than the record close after the Black Monday stock market crash of 1987.

US authorities fired back with the Treasury announcing it was borrowing $40bn to give to the Fed to use for its emergency lending – in essence removing balance sheet constraints on the size of this assistance.

Emphasis added by me.

In other words: PANIC!

And, oh look, how cute. Someone has a dim clue:

Andrew Brenner, co-head of structured products and emerging markets at MF Global, said: “It feels like no one wants to take anyone’s credit … it feels like we are on a precipice.

Emphasis added by me.

The Fall is coming.

It is inevitable.

All prior Chronicles of Depression 2.0 posts. Read them before you must.

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