Contrary to what some may believe, "there's no subprime slime" in
, Jim Cramer said on TheStreet.com TV's Wall Street Confidential
Web video Thursday.
The secondary market had become "very hard," but now it's getting "freer to trade," he told Gregg Greenberg, the host of Wall Street Confidential. People need to read the
American Home Mortgage
conference call report to recognize that, but "no one's paying attention to that."
Cramer said he likes to look at
because he considers it the worst of the group. "The stock isn't down at all since the problem was first diagnosed," Cramer said.
What happened here with subprime was a "very classic" occurrence, one he said he's seen repeatedly on Wall Street. "Once everyone knows there's a problem, the problem's solved by the marketplace," Cramer said.
Capital One Financial
, he said, "were big companies that got surprised by the illiquidity of the market, and they were unwilling to press it." The two couldn't find buyers for their loans, which were marked to market, "so they decided to hold off."
Now market players are waiting for the "collapse" of
, which is the only player left out there, Cramer emphasized. "Then this market will be done because
has decided to become the source of liquidity for the subprime market."
That is the reason he believes both GM's and Countrywide's problems are in the past.
Dillon Read hedge fund because it was "unable to tap this market, which had very wide spreads," Cramer explained.
"A lot of times what happens is that you will have a position valued on your sheets, a bond that's valued at $90, but the secondary market requires you to go down to, say, $75," he said. "So a hedge fund will be reluctant to hit that bid because then it would show that they had much bigger losses."
Although Cramer said he doesn't know the specifics of UBS, it's pretty clear to him that "because they tried to sell some stuff when they were marked to market, their returns were much worse." And in end it was just best to close the fund.
But again, he reminded viewers, this was during February and March, both "very different" from the April market, since Fannie Mae's gotten involved.
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