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FIGCovered Bonds

Westpac NZ earns a solid bid for euro debut

Westpac New Zealand became the second ever Kiwi bank to issue a euro covered bond when it priced a Eu1bn five year deal on Thursday. Fund managers and central banks snapped up the paper, seeing good value relative to core issuers, and took the opportunity to make investments away from European volatility. Investors will be eagerly anticipating further issuance out of New Zealand, with ANZ NZ next in the pipeline.

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