New year, new hope for euro corporate bonds

After a torrid year, the investment grade corporate bond market showed signs of life in November with a flurry of issuance. The spate of deals from the likes of German energy producer RWE and carmaker BMW was welcome news for all market participants. But opinion remains divided over whether the market is set to strengthen in 2009; some observers believe liquidity and spreads are unlikely to improve dramatically in the foreseeable future.

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