Following yesterday’s cartoon take (via Bloomie) on the SubPrime issue, today we see a different graphic approach — comic-like nonetheless — from the free section of the WSJ:

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The following chart can give you an idea as to how much in CDOs are out there:

Subprime Market Contracts

How Wall Street Stoked The Mortgage Meltdown
Lehman and Others Transformed the Market For Riskiest Borrowers
WSJ, June 27, 2007; Page A1

Bonds Becoming a Tougher Sale
Investors Finally Balk At Prices for Risky Debt; New Rules for LBOs
WSJ, June 27, 2007; Page C1

Category: Derivatives, Fixed Income/Interest Rates, Hedge Funds, Psychology

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6 Responses to “Fun with Subprime Debt”

  1. Jason says:

    For dead-on humor on the topic, the best I’ve seen so far is from Tim Price, CIO of Union Bancaire Privee on his blog.

    “Lake Tahoe Housewife to Blame”

  2. TexasHippie says:

    First picture link is broken?


    BR: Seems to be fine now

  3. HARM says:


    Fyi: The first graphic (“Follow the mortgage”) displays ok on the main page, but the link (to display full size) is still broken.

  4. Pool Shark says:

    Great link Jason!

    “Substandard & Poors” Indeed.

  5. I commented on this same issue today. I call it a “(sub)Prime Example of Greed…”

    Essentially, the diagram from WSJ (shown in Barry’s post) shows what I would call a “cycle of greed.”


  6. P. K. says:

    Jason–great link! I’m not sure what was funnier, the firm called Toxique Funding of Pasadena, or the zero coupon perpetual bonds bought for a retirement fund.