Corporate Default Rates Expected To Soar

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The damage of the recession is beginning to move from the financial sector to other parts of the economy.

According to the FT, "The Markit iTraxx Crossover index rose above 1,000 basis points for the first time since it was created in 2004, implying a record number of companies are on the verge of default because of deepening financial problems."

"The index, which measures the cost of protecting junk-grade companies against default, has risen sharply in the past month as sentiment has worsened because of gloomy numbers on the global economy and worries over whether companies will be able to refinance their debt."

Douglas A. McIntyre