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Panic, Liquidity and Ratings

New York | The great sucking sound heard last week was the release of accumulated froth in the global equity markets. The FOMC’s decision to act with a 50bp cut in the target for Fed funds had little effect on real markets for real counterparties. Meanwhile, the panic in the media is having outsized effects on people, companies and society. Below we ponder the effects and consequences.