Drama over the cap on Uncle Sam’s borrowing power rattled investors back in 2011. A new proposal would force Treasury to pay bondholders before contractors and seniors. If the debt limit can’t just be scrapped, at least markets could be spared some of Washington’s dysfunction.
Sales of new collateralised loan obligations are taking off in Europe for the first time since the financial crisis. These packages of high-yield debt were a major culprit behind the last credit bubble. But this time round, lower leverage has made CLOs safer. They even have a useful role to play in refinancing.