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“They’re Ba-ack!” – Citi Says Synthetic CDOs May Reach $100 Billion In 2017, 5x Increase In 2 Years

35-year-old Jia Chen of Citibank probably has no idea where that title quote above came from.  That’s because she was roughly 4 years old when Poltergeist II hit theaters back in 1986… …that said, Citibank, as we noted a few weeks back, has every confidence that Jia is the perfect person to put in charge […]


CLOs – “Safe” CDOs – Are Booming Again

Last week we explained how junk bond managers were buying increasing amounts of equities to “juice” their portfolios and propel their funds higher in the performance rankings. While this struck us as a relatively recent development, the tried-and-trusted method of trading more risk for more yield is going gangbusters in the CLO (Collateralized Loan Obligations) […]


Surging Windstream Spreads Remind Wall Street Why Synthetic CDO’s Are A Bad Idea

Just a couple of weeks ago, we wrote a post about Citibank and the 35 year old they recently put in charge of once again making the bank into a powerhouse in the Synthetic CDO market.  Less than a decade after being forced to take a taxpayer funded bailout to avoid an embarrassing bankruptcy filing, […]


3 Uncommon Signs That An Economic Collapse Could Happen Soon

Originally published The Birch Gold Group, via Alt-Market.com, As stocks continue to climb and the U.S. economy sustains its third longest period of expansion in history, market forecasters are seeking clues for when our next crisis may strike. So far, three uncommon signals have them worried. Here’s an explanation of the three uncommon signs causing […]


Chris Whalen On The CDO-Redux & Inevitable “Catastrophic Systemic Risk Event”

Authored by Chris Whalen via The Institutional Risk Analyst, “The great wheel of circulation is altogether different from the goods which are circulated by means of it. The revenue of the society consists altogether in those goods, and not in the wheel which circulates them”   Adam Smith, 1811 This week in The Institutional Risk […]


Citi’s Bringing Back The Synthetic CDO…But In A Way That “Insulates It From Any Losses”

Less than a decade after being forced to take a taxpayer funded bailout to avoid an embarrassing bankruptcy filing, Citibank, proving that they learned precisely nothing from the so-called ‘great recession,’ has put a 35 year old in charge of once again making the bank into a powerhouse in the Synthetic CDO market.  But please […]