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This bit of humor has been circulating around Wall Street the past few days:
Investment Dealers are excited to announce the newest structured finance product – Constant Obligation Leveraged Originated Structured Oscillating Money Bridged Asset Guarantees, or COLOSTOMY BAGS. Designed to accommodate the most sophisticated investment strategies, Colostomy Bags contain the equity tranches of Structured High Interest Taxable Derivatives, or SHIT, and are leveraged an infinite amount of times through the innovative use of derivatives.
"Its an actively managed, unlimited liability, open ended investment with no maturity date, which pays LIBOR plus 5,000 and has no correlation to traditional investments" said a spokesman for the Investment Dealer who engineered the product. "It’s based on a CDO structure, but it’s designed to default BEFORE the first coupon payment, which you’ll agree has no correlation with stodgy traditional investments and is a perfect fit for portable alpha scams, er, strategies." Following the default, each month more leverage is added to the structure to pay for the coupon and the Dealer’s fees which are set at 80%. "We feel the fees are reasonable, given the adrenaline rush you’ll get each month attempting to mark these."
The Colostomy Bags carry a AAAA rating, based on the rating agencies opinion that they are even safer than Treasuries. "You can’t use traditional credit analysis to value these babies, no sir-ree" said a spokesman for a rating agency. "Just like Icelandic Banks, we give them the highest rating because you just know that the Fed will bail out all the hedgies who buy these things..remember like Long Term Capital? And the best part is, the beauty of this structure is that the loss given default is NEGATIVE, so by extension we feel that the CDS will trade through Treasuries."
Inhaling deeply on a fatty, he continued "We’ve been tinkering with our model, which served us well for Enron and the Telecoms in ’02, and our stress testing shows that the probability of loss in the senior tranche is close to zero." The model, constructed of a wishing well, Joseph Jett’s trading blotter, and drawings of Unicorns then collapsed in a heap. "Well, back to the drawing board!" he cackled.
A real money investor, huddled on the windowsill outside his office, said he remained optimistic about holding the Colostomy Bags but was a bit concerned with the 95% decline in value on the first day they traded. "We’ve taken a bit of a haircut on these but I’m waiting to see the first servicer report, which should arrive in a few months. At first I was annoyed that the dealer who sold them to me refused to make a market in them, but that makes my job easier since I’m not tempted to sell."
We located a hedge fund manager at a due diligence meeting in the VIP room at Score’s. He said he was skeptical of the structure at first but was dared into buying it by a fixed income salesman. "He said to me, ‘what’s wrong with you, its quadruple A rated, just buy it, what are you a pussy?’ He also said it was going into ‘an index’, although he didn’t say which one, but I felt that I had to buy it. And that was good enough for me, bro’."
I have no idea who is the author, but its certainly making the rounds!
There were a couple of great graphics in the New York Times recently, explaining in some degree of detail, the machinations of the RMBS, CDO and CLO markets.
These are the packaged (and repackaged) holdings that are based upon the sub-prime mortgages that have been defaulting in such large numbers, and have been leading to hedge fund blow ups.
First up: todays front page article by Gretchen Morgenson: Mortgage Maze May Increase Foreclosures.
Graphic courtesy of NYTimes
Next up, the accompanying graphics to Floyd Norris’ The Loan Comes Due: