The type of loans that fueled the Financial Crisis are making a comeback in a big way. Issuance of subprime mortgages is surging once again, with the total volume of loans issued in the first quarter doubling from a year ago. Such issuance fell to almost zero in the years after the Crisis, but specialist lenders have sent it surging yet again. The loans have been very popular in the debt markets as investors have been snapping up the loans. “[Investors] are definitely chasing yields. Whenever these deals come out, for the most part, they are oversubscribed”, says a New York hedge fund.
FINSUM: This is a bit worrying, but given how low the starting base for the market is, this is just not big enough to be a concern, yet….
Anniversaries offer an opportunity to gain perspective on the market. This week is no different. The S&P 500 just had its nine-year anniversary from its bottom of 666.79 in March 2009. Along the way there have been somewhere around 32 “panic attacks” according to analysts. But despite these, the market is now trading above 2,700.
FINSUM: So the real question is whether that 4x+ rise should make one nervous a new downturn is on the way, or comfortable that we are on an upward trend.