State Default Risk

 |  Includes: CMF, CXA, ICS, INY, MUB, NYF, PWZ, PZT
by: Bespoke Investment Group

Below is a chart highlighting default risk for sixteen states that we have credit default swap (CDS) pricing for. The number next to each state represents the cost per year to insure $10,000 worth of state bonds for 5 years. The higher the price, the higher the default risk. As shown, Illinois has the highest default risk of all states at 303.2 bps -- even higher than California. California ranks 2nd, followed by Michigan, New York, and New Jersey. Not to anyone's surprise, these are basically the five states in the country with the biggest fiscal problems at the moment. States that appear to be in pretty good shape include Texas, Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware.