Thursday, September 27, 2007

Commercial Paper Market Still Shrinking

Here is a chart from the Federal Reserve that shows total commercial paper outstanding. Note the asset-backed market is still shrinking.

However, the interest rate spread is tightening:

For the week ending September 19, the asset-backed commercial paper market decreased $15.8 billion. It decreased $14.3 billion the previous week.

The decrease in the interest rate spread is welcome news, but the market is still contracting.