• Covered bond supply optimism is misplaced

    This week’s burst of covered bonds was exceptionally well received and boosted supply hopes. But even though the funding was cheap and deal execution certain, the supply outlook remains grim.

  • Blame the ECB for Spain's lost orders

    Few deals have ever had €75bn of orders. Spain managed to lose that much, but still have €55bn remaining in the book. This is the world the ECB’s purchase programmes have built.

  • Mighty ECB is clobbering the little guys

    The European Central Bank’s bond buying programme is, for better or worse, the saviour of the corporate bond market, keeping access open for most issuers for all but a few days last year. But the easy money for borrowers big enough to access the bond market is inadvertently twisting the screws on already battered small and medium sized enterprises.