Wednesday, January 22, 2014

22/1/2014: 2013 - A Kinder Year for Peripheral CDS...

2013 was a kind year for Irish CDS... but it was an even kinder one for CDS of the countries from which, allegedly, Ireland decoupled, e.g. Italy and Spain...


Oddly enough (for those claiming Ireland's 'uniqueness' in terms of positive performance) the year was even kinder for Slovenia - a country that is only starting to move into a crisis mode:


And even lots-of-pain-for-little-gain Greece and Cyprus managed to pick up some positive momentum:


So the entire thesis for the 2013 CDS markets in euro area 'periphery' is really about global chase for yield squeezing more and more funds into 'peripheral' bonds and bidding down risk valuations of the said paper. This re-assessment of risks has little to do with underlying reforms or fundamentals on the ground in the countries and more to do with the exuberance of investors pushing cheaper funds into every corner of financial universe.

The good news is - this has a positive effect of lowering longer-term borrowing costs. The bad news is - this presents a threat of reforms fatigue. But we know this much already. After all, the sovereigns are not immune from the effects of QE...
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