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Wild Times in the Credit Markets

With the financial system bailout plan derailed by the House of Representatives on Sept. 29, the resulting plunge in equities made headlines around the world. But while the stocks gyrate, it's important to keep one thing in mind: The big problem for financial markets is still the credit crunch. So as bad as equities have looked?and during the big Sept. 29 sell-off, they looked pretty bad?the true indicators investors should be watching are obscure measures such as credit default swaps, TED spreads, and commercial paper volume (all explained below).

Wild Times in the Credit Markets
xcel, Sep 30, 2008
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