Frederick Douglass

"Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did, and it never will. Find out just what people will submit to, and you have found out the exact amount of injustice and wrong which will be imposed upon them..." Frederick Douglass

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Chart O' The Day, 4 August: Sovereign Credit Default Swaps Pricing

[Credit-default swaps are derivative financial instruments that "swap" the credit exposure from one entity to another. In simple terms it is an insurance policy for an entity's debt obligations. The buyer of the swap holds the insurance, while the seller takes the risk. The listed number is the price, in thousands, to insure $10 million in debt.]

Please note that not only are these predatory bets against the ability of a nation to pay its debts still taking place, the prices are still rather favorable. To pay a mere 360,000 USD against 10,000,000 in Italian debt is still an attractive investment.

In other words, Wall Street is still destroying nations for profit.