The End of the Credit Crisis?
Rejoice! The credit crisis is over.
Sort of… maybe.
Most of the complicated lending spreads that define a crisis in credit have returned to normal levels. For starters today, the mighty “TED spread”
Kind of a mouthful of a chart, eh? In simple terms, the TED spread is the difference, in percentage points, between how much it costs the banks to borrow dollars and how much it costs the U.S. government to do the same. The lower the spread, the more freely money is being lent around the country.
The spread is now at its lowest level since August 2007.
Alan Greenspan’s favored Libor-OIS spread is back to pre-crisis levels, too. This complicated affair of interbank lending compared to overnight index swaps was at 87 when Lehman died, peaked at 364 on Oct. 10 and this morning is barely 52.
Our point? While the crises in employment, housing, banks, stocks and life in general still seem as pertinent as ever, the numbers claim that the credit crisis is a thing of the past… for now, at least.