The pain moves beyond the subprime.

Subprime woes have moved far beyond the mortgage industry. Already, at least five hedge funds have blown up. The latest worry is that a recent slump in the markets for corporate loans and junk bonds will deepen, jeopardizing the financing of leveraged buyouts, a big profit driver for investment banks. What’s more, fears are growing that banks may be on the hook for some of the $300 billion in loan commitments they’ve made for buyouts already in the pipeline. The mood has gone so somber that derivatives traders are betting that bonds issued by major investment banks will tumble to near junk territory. Goldman Sachs Group (GS) and Lehman Brothers (LEH) are being seen as no more creditworthy than casino operator Caesars Entertainment, according to an analysis of derivatives trades by Moody’s Credit Strategies Group.

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