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 Lehman has been in my bearish sites, but until now I have not put the microscope on them. That will change very soon. I am also intensifying my research on Morgan Stanley since I feel they carry the most credit risk, leverage and level 3 asset concentrations (bullsh1t risk) on the street. I will also start covering the borrow short buy long funds that have been going bust lately like TMA and Carlyle Capital which are still over $10 per share. I had a short position on KFN, which I unfortunately closed out a while back. I am looking into to going back in, although to do so would be a bet that they will be wiped out of existence since their share price has fallen so much thus far. They have the exact same problem Carlyle Capital has (had?).

I am very close to spreading out to the European and Asian banks. I know they are in serious trouble, it is just that I have but so much to dedicate in analytical resources and time. I hate running in blind. Anyone who has experise in any of these areas (or any other areas of interest), feel free to start a post, thread or user group - or contact me to share info and thoughts.

The Naked Capitalism Blog alleges the collateral pledged by prime brokers to the Fed via commercial banks will be valued by the commercial banks. Since they often hold the same collateral, this facility may induce them not to write down their own assets and put on excessive valuations. One way to counter this is to try to identify the classes of assets and put our own gross marks on them. This is what I did with GGP and the monolines. It may not be the most accurate in some cases. GGP is quite accurate in my opinion due to ample supporting data and proven robust modeling, the monolines were educated guesses just like everyone else's opinion on valuation. What makes the monoline situation believable is that you can be off by a whopping 25% and still see how they are in trouble because the losses x leverage x macro trend is not very ambiguous.

...and for those who haven't read the popular Money Trap article, click here