As I noted yesterday, munis will get hammered by the credit downgrade, and France may soon lose its AAA credit.
Less than 12 hours later, munis are getting pounded by downgrades.
France In Trouble
French credit default swaps are soaring.
Here’s a summary courtesy of Business Insider:
For background on the importance of credit default swaps as an economic indicator, see this.
Fannie, Freddie and Clearinghouses Hit
S&P just downgraded Fannie and Freddie.
In addition, S&P downgraded major clearinghouses including Options Clearing, National Securities Clearing and DTCC.
All 3 companies are major clearinghouses for over-the-counter derivatives, as well as other types of financial instruments.
Next Up … States?
As I reported last month, the real danger is entire states getting downgraded.
Moody’s has warned against 5 states in particular: