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FIGCovered Bonds

Covered bonds hit watershed with OP

The covered bond market had a watershed moment on Friday when OP Mortgage Bank launched its 10 year. Despite an attractive spread, the deal was unable to get the sort of traction that the issuer may have hoped for. It was no coincidence that as books opened, ECB president, Mario Draghi, raised the prospect of full scale sovereign quantitative easing — something that is likely to make covered bonds look relatively expensive to government bonds.

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