Banks fear huge losses on bond repacks in Japan

Dealers and investors face multi-million-dollar hits if rates continue to slide

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Negative rates are causing cracks to appear in Japan's bond repack market

Sliding interbank lending rates are threatening to cause millions of dollars of losses for Japanese banks and insurers holding bond repacks, dealers fear, while many of those who acted as swap counterparties to the vehicles could also face huge fair-value writedowns.

Bond repacks – which combine a bond and a derivative into a special purpose vehicle (SPV) and pay out floating coupons to investors – have been a popular way for Japanese investors to generate extra yield in recent years.

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