TED spread


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TED spread

Difference between US Treasury bill rate and Eurodollar rate; used by some traders as a measure of investor/trader anxiety or credit quality.

Ted Spread

A measure of credit risk, calculated by subtracting the price of three-month U.S. Treasury securities and three-month eurodollar contracts. These contracts must have the same expiration month. Because Treasury securities are risk-free and eurodollar contracts are not, an increased Ted spread indicates a greater likelihood of default.

TED spread

The price spread that occurs when opposing transactions are made in Treasury bill futures and Eurodollar futures as, for example, a long position in Treasury bill futures coupled with a short position in Eurodollar futures. A long spread that anticipates the price spread between the two contracts will widen could involve buying a T-bill future and simultaneously selling a Eurodollar future. A short spread in which a Eurodollar future is purchased and a T-bill future is sold short would anticipate a narrowing of the price spread.
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In arithmetic terms the TED spread is the difference between the (positive) interest rate on overnight, inter-bank loans and the (negative) interest or discount rate on short-term, 3-month U.
The TED spread is the difference between interest rates on three-month Treasury bills, considered risk-free, and three-month dollar Libor, a widely used index for lending between banks and for business and mortgage loans.
The TED spread narrowing to its smallest level since before the credit crisis began is a clear sign that credit markets are thawing.
So volatility spiked to 90 after Black Monday, the TED spread (a metric of international banking risk) was 600 points during the Herstatt Bank failure after the Arab oil embargo of the 1970AEs, junk bond issuance froze after the blow up at Drexel and Mike MilkenAEs forced holiday in Club Fed, the collapse of Continental Illimois Bank in historyAEs first electronic run on an American money center bank in the Euromarkets.
Among other things, Lehman's failure prompted runs on money market funds and deposits at weaker banks and thrifts, while lending between banks and by banks froze up, driving up the spread between the three-month London interbank offered rate (LIBOR) and Treasuries--the so-called TED spread.
Although the TED spread trended up in 2005, reaching 56 bp at year's end, it is now at the 35 bp level, suggesting that the peak of market uneasiness about international conditions is past.
The difference between the eurodollar futures rate and the Treasury bill futures rate is known as the TED spread.