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FIGCovered Bonds

Market hopes ECB can restore confidence

With the covered bond market waiting for constructive news out of Thursday’s ECB meeting, primary activity on Wednesday was limited to a €200m tap of Crédit Agricole’s 2021s. Syndicates said the tap showed investors were not totally sidelined, but the market — like other asset classes — was in desperate need of a message that would restore confidence and allow new issuance to be absorbed in the secondary market without provoking a sell-off in outstanding bonds.

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