Covered bonds primed to rocket

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Made in Germany, but now going global. Such is the forecast for the covered bond market from Christoph Anhamm, senior covered bond analyst at ABN Amro.

“Covered bond issuance is set for rapid global growth,” he says, “driven by Basel II’s capital risk accords, requiring financial institutions to diversify their funding base, and tight funding offered for long maturities.”

The lure of the product is two-fold, explains Anhamm. Issuers are attracted by the opportunity to run on-balance sheet secu

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