Daily Archives: July 30, 2008

John Gapper

You only find out who is swimming naked when the tide goes out, as they say, and the Detroit auto makers are providing an example.

They are now halting cheap leases that have enabled Americans who could not afford to buy an expensive pick-up truck or Sports Utility Vehicle to lease one instead. Banks no longer want to underwrite that business. 

John Gapper

So is 22 the number?

Merrill Lynch’s $6.7bn sale of a bunch of collateralised debt obligations for 22 cents on the dollar has been hailed as the long-awaited “capitulation trade” by various analysts.