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Is the Credit Crunch Finally Abating?

Last September, Standard & Poor's Market, Credit and Risk Strategies Group launched the Credit Crunch Checklist, designed to help investors know when the credit freeze started to thaw. The checklist indicates the market is recovering.

Last September, Standard & Poor's Market, Credit and Risk Strategies Group launched the Credit Crunch Checklist, designed to help investors know when the credit freeze started to thaw. Michael Thompson, head of the group at S&P, says "We are in a lot better shape than we were in September." The Credit Crunch Checklist looks at a four things, including the prices of homes, inventory of home sales, the spread between the 3-month LIBOR and Fed Funds Rate and the price of crude oil. On three of the four criteria, the Credit Crunch Checklist "has seen major improvements," said Thompson in this MSNBC" Squawk on the Street" video.

Last September, Standard & Poor's Market, Credit and Risk Strategies Group launched the Credit Crunch Checklist, designed to help investors know when the credit freeze started to thaw. The checklist indicates the market is recovering. Greg MacSweeney is editorial director of InformationWeek Financial Services, whose brands include Wall Street & Technology, Bank Systems & Technology, Advanced Trading, and Insurance & Technology. View Full Bio

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