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The TED spread is the difference between the interest rates on U.S. Treasury bills and the London Interbank Offered Rate (LIBOR). It is a measure of the credit risk of holding U.S. Treasury securities.

The TED spread is calculated by subtracting the 3-month LIBOR rate from the 3-month Treasury bill yield. A higher TED spread indicates that investors are demanding a higher risk premium to hold U.S. Treasury securities. This can be due to a number of factors, such as:

* Increased uncertainty in the financial markets
* A decrease in the demand for U.S. Treasury securities
* An increase in the supply of U.S. Treasury securities

The TED spread is often used as a leading indicator of financial stress. A widening TED spread can be a sign that investors are worried about the financial health of the U.S. economy.

The TED spread is also used to measure the relative value of U.S. Treasury securities and other investments. A wider TED spread indicates that U.S. Treasury securities are a relatively more attractive investment.

The TED spread is a useful tool for investors and traders to monitor the financial markets. It can provide valuable insights into the state of the economy and the risk of holding U.S. Treasury securities.

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