Covered bonds shrink as share of ECB’s balance sheet

By Bill Thornhill
03 Mar 2021

The European Central Bank managed to buy more covered bonds on a net basis in February than it did January, but the asset class fell as a proportion of its total asset purchases. In the absence of fresh supply, it was forced to source paper in the secondary market, but at a markedly lower pace than before.

The ECB reported net covered bond purchases of €1.539bn in February compared to just €75m in January, taking the Covered Bond Purchase Programme (CBPP3) portfolio to €289.2bn.

Taking January and February together, the ECB’s net purchases were down almost 80% compared to the €7bn it bought ...

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