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    looking at historical charts, there was a huge spike in credit indices in may 2008, yet almost no immediate reaction in equities. the big news at the time was of course Bear Stearns.

    why did credit indices jump so much? and why did they then go back down again?
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    Fear of counterparty failure. Didn't materialise.
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    Look specifically at default spreads too.
 
 
 
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