Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Bear Sterns worse than LTCM?

The Telegraph (UK paper) has an article arguing that the Bear collapse is worse than the LTCM failure.

The implosion of Bear Stearns is more dangerous.
A host of other banks, broker dealers, and hedge funds have played the same game, deploying massive leverage at the top of the credit bubble to eke out extra yield. Dozens of them are saddled with the same toxic debt - sub-prime property, credit cards, auto loans, and mountains of unsold paper from the merger boom.

Primarily because the rest of the economy is in bad shape and the risk on the damage spreading is much greater. We'll have to wait and see.