Friday, June 25, 2010

Deutsche Bank: U.S. Financial Conditions Just Collapsed Back To Crisis Levels

A lot of money was thrown at the problem, producing negligible, short-lived results. Now that money has run out. It's time to pay the piper.

    Business Insider -

    Deutsche Bank has a new and improved index of U.S. financial conditions, and this index just slumped back towards the lows of our recent crisis.

    Deutsche Bank's Peter Hooper:

    Financial conditions appear to have worsened substantially in recent quarters based on our update of the broad index of US financial variables presented earlier this year at the US Monetary Policy Forum. In the wake of recent developments in Europe, increased stress in financial markets has pushed that index halfway back to its immediate post- Lehman crisis lows.

    Chart

    The index is built from an array of financial indicators such as U.S. treasury yields, the volatility index (VIX), the stock market, Broker-Dealer leverage, among others. It's a bit of a black box, but it's calculation is giving a similar reading to what we saw during the worst of the financial crisis.

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