The TED Spread

Note: This post is from April 2008 but is updated from time to time to reflect charts of the current market conditions

The TED spread is a common measure of fear and risk in the capital markets. Judging from where the TED spread is now (see chart below), there's a lot of fear and risk to go around.

Updated chart for June 2010:

The TED spread measures the gap between the interest rate at which the U.S. Treasury funds itself (3-month T-bills) and the interest rate at which banks lend...

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