Landesbanks and life insurers counter credit critiques

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On the debt syndicate desks of the world’s leading investment banks, the phrase ‘German institutions’ can get pulses racing. Anecdotal evidence indicates that Landesbanks and life insurers snap up almost everything on offer, whether straight corporate bonds or the most sophisticated structured product.

Earlier this year, Fitch Ratings investigated the credit-worthiness of these institutions. In reports on the Landesbanks and the insurance industry it focused attention on their credit portfolios a

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