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FIGCovered Bonds

Crowding on the edge of junk

Fitch has downgraded mortgage backed covered bonds issued by three Portuguese banks, highlighting the risk of peripheral covered bonds falling below the rating threshold for ECB repo eligibility. Issuers still shut out of the market are heavily reliant upon repo funding, and further downgrades could force the ECB to adjust its criteria, though DBRS has offered a lifeline to at least one Portuguese bank.

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