Samurai credit spreads return to pre-Lehman lows

03 Sep 2013

Japan’s asset purchasing has helped drive investors to the Samurai market, leading credit spreads to narrow to their lowest level since the onset of the financial crisis in 2008.

Samurai credit spreads have fallen to their lowest level since the Lehman Brothers’ collapse in 2008 as the Bank of Japan’s aggressive asset purchasing has driven yield-hungry investors to seek out alternatives to Japanese government bonds (JGBs). This has created a favourable funding window for issuers ...

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