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February 20, 2015, Vol.33, No.04


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In the petrified forest of debt

RadioShack, whose founding dates from the administration of Warren G. Harding, filed for bankruptcy protection on Feb. 5. The question before the house: What took it so long?

Mistaken identity

Either the great lake of redundant crude oil points to long-term oversupply in fossil fuels, or it doesn't. The price of oil hangs in the balance. Not so--by rights, we herein contend--the price of the shares of a certain value-laden chemicals company.

File under 'opportunity'

Like any other branch of distressed investing nowadays, the secondary market in illiquid partnership interests is short the essential element of distress. But that doesn't mean there's nothing to plan for.

Leaving something to chance

Two thirds of investors just surveyed by Citigroup said "action from central banks in Europe and the U.S. would be the principal force driving credit market spreads" in 2015. The principal force? More than even the myriad events that the central banks don't control and can't anticipate?

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James Grant founded Grant's Interest Rate Observer in 1983 following a stint at Barron's, where he originated the "Current Yield" column.

His books include works of financial history, finance and biography. They are: “Bernard M. Baruch: The Adventures of a Wall Street Legend” (Simon & Schuster, 1983); “Money of the Mind: Borrowing and Lending from the Civil War to Michael Milken” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1992); “Minding Mr. Market” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1993); “The Trouble with Prosperity” (Times Books, 1996);  “John Adams: Party of One” (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2005); “Mr. Market Miscalculates” (Axios Press, 2008); and “Mr. Speaker! The Life and Times of Thomas B. Reed, the Man Who Broke the Filibuster” (Simon & Schuster, 2011).

 

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