There are markets, and there is the Market. Markets are networks of people who come together to exchange one thing for another. The Market is the cornerstone of a belief system whose biggest proponent has been the University of Chicago. Chicago: Hog Butcher for the...

In Rope-A-Dope 101, we said there are five ways to mask the credit quality of a structured bond, that it is done by manipulating an “invisible” boundary where the consequences of being on one side or the other are not symmetrical, and that the boundary...

The high road of securitization is forward-looking. It promotes economic growth and rewards superior asset quality. Securitization is alive and doing well in grass-roots economies. But maybe you have not come to our blog to read about the high road of securitization. Maybe you have...

So, structured ratings are not good indicators of secondary market value, and market prices are not working their usual magic. Why are we surprised? More importantly, how do we want the sector-wide securitization crisis of confidence to turn out? Do we secretly desire a return...