U.S. Treasuries Riskier Than German Debt, Default Swaps Show

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  1. rougebear


    The Private Bank Federal Reserve (not part of the US Govt.) will fuck US taxpayers.

    By Abigail Moses

    March 11 (Bloomberg) -- The risk of losses on U.S. Treasury notes exceeded German bunds for the first time ever amid investor concern the subprime mortgage crisis is sapping government reserves, credit-default swaps prices show.

    Contracts on 10-year Treasuries traded at a record 16 basis points earlier today, compared with 15 basis points on German government notes, according to data compiled by BNP Paribas SA. In July, U.S. credit-default swaps were at 1.6 basis points, compared with 2.5 basis points on bunds.

    Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke announced plans today to lend as much as $200 billion of Treasury notes in exchange for debt including private mortgage-backed bonds to avert an exodus from the securities that threatens to deepen the housing slump and economic slowdown.

    ``The U.S. government is not immune from the consequences of the credit crisis,'' said Fabrizio Capanna, BNP's head of high-grade corporate trading in London. ``Support for troubled financial institutions in the U.S. will be perceived as a weakening of U.S. sovereign credit.''

  2. 200 bn USD ???? Peanuts ! :)