Wednesday, March 9, 2016

"German bank Berlin Hyp issues first sub-zero non-state bond"

May you live in interesting times.
From the Financial Times:
A German bank has become the first non-state borrower to issue euro denominated debt at a negative yield, another milestone as the continent’s financial system moves further into the world of sub-zero interest rates. 
The issuance comes ahead of a European Central Bank meeting this week when the effect of negative interest rates will be in the spotlight. 
Berlin Hyp issued €500m of covered bonds with no coupon and priced to yield minus 0.162 per cent on Tuesday, according to Bloomberg data. That means investors are guaranteed to lose money if they hold the bonds to maturity....MORE