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No question, this was a financial shock that leaves everyone grasping for superlatives. But as measured by the TED spread and other financial health metrics, it is all but over:
Unlike the CBOE VIX volatility index which reached record territory, this spread has been higher actually. I’ll scrounge up a very long term chart. But the important thing is that the TED spread has now come down so much that even if it blips up, it has put in a lower low. So while we may see an uptick or two since nothing every goes up or down in a straight line, the chart suggests that things have calmed down.
But what the shock has resulted in is just getting underway. A complete re-ordering of the financial landscape: RIP the carry trade. Now watch as the currency markets drive the equity markets. They are after all a zillion times larger.
Can you tell which chart is the S&P 500 and which the Euro Yen cross?
A dozen spoos points and a slightly singed Swingline stapler to the first lucky guesser.
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