2004: end to the easy money

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For much of last year, bond market participants and observers regularly voiced concerns that the market was pricing in good news that was yet to materialise. However by the end of the year, many of the factors that had continued to concern investors were now looking much improved – economic growth in Europe was showing signs of returning and corporate de-leveraging was also becoming more common thanks in part to increasing revenues.

Despite these encouraging signs, the European corpor

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