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Early signs of credit thaw

Discussion in 'Finance & Banking' started by Billv, 11th Oct, 2008.

  1. Billv

    Billv Getting there

    15th Jul, 2007
    Sydney, NSW
    Banks cut the rates they charge each other for overnight loans in US dollars and euros on Friday, and the rate on one-day corporate IOUs eased from Thursday, providing tentative signs that some corners of the credit market are thawing.

    Still, rates for longer interbank loans pushed higher again Friday, and the drop in overnight rates was not universal. The cost to borrow pounds sterling funds overnight jumped as dealers reported some U.K. banks faced a shortage of cash.

    And even though overnight rates in some countries moved closer to central bank targets they remain well above where they were four weeks ago before the bankruptcy of investment bank Lehman Brothers locked up credit markets around the world.

    ``Things are still stressed. There is no question,'' said James Caron, head of global rates research at Morgan Stanley in New York.

    The London interbank offered rate for overnight sterling funds was fixed almost 40 basis points higher at 5.81250% , more than 140 basis points above the Bank of England's target rate of 4.5%.

    Overnight dollar Libor was fell by half, fixing at 2.46875% compared with Thursday's rate of 5.09375. Overnight euro Libor fixed at 3.89250%, down from 3.93625% the previous day. For more on Friday's Libor fixing, see .

    The jump in sterling overnight rates was the most eye-catching change in the Libor fix, particularly following the Bank of England's half percentage point rate cut on Wednesday.

    The Federal Reserve, European Central Bank and other major central banks cut benchmark interest rates this week in a coordinated global coordinated move.

    ``There's a very big shortage of sterling and the rates are going up again,'' said one analyst. ``But the dealers are not too concerned since it looks like a containable shortage that may ease later in the day as people get a better idea of their cash balances.''

    Start of commercial paper thaw?

    Interest rates on US overnight commercial paper also fell on Thursday, according to the most recent data available from the Federal Reserve. That suggests the start of a thaw after global government efforts to resuscitate ailing credit markets.

    The $US1.55 trillion ($2.4 trillion) CP market, where companies raise funds to meet day-to-day operating needs, has been in near paralysis for almost a month, leaving many companies scrambling to find alternative sources of funding.
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  2. Tim

    Tim Well-Known Member

    27th Jun, 2006
    Lismore NSW
    Well that's good news because the key at the moment appears to be to get that rate down.

    However I think for that rate to get down, two things need to happen:

    1) The house prices in the US need to find a floor

    2) Credit default swaps need to be known