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Friday, June 12, 2009


corporate leverage

via zero hedge -- reams of discussion have been dedicated to consumer leverage, financial leverage and government leverage, but quite a lot less to the non-financial corporate variety.

What is a bigger threat is that once all the external benefits from assistance and stimulus programs wears off, the "peak" could end up being merely a blip in an accelerating upward trajectory. As Bank Of America points out: "we remain concerned that we can be witnessing a temporary stabilization in this ratio, similar to the highlighted 1989 episode, which can then take us to the second leg of deterioration to new highs. In this case default cycle is likely to be pushed well into the future, with an uncertain peak levels. Performance of this ratio over the next few quarters would be crucial in answering this question."

the z.1 is full of ponderables.

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