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SSASovereigns

Is 20 the new 30 for SSAs? Belgium coins new benchmark

20 year part of curve

Insurance and pension fund demand is likely to drive further 20 year benchmarks after this week’s triumphant €5bn syndication from Belgium, SSA bankers argued this week. New appetite for the rare maturity particularly reflects the Solvency II directive, under which insurers’ holdings will be assessed using mark-to-market values up to 20 years, writes Craig McGlashan.

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