Negative interest rates for non-state borrowers, the economy that is German

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.

…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.

The FT story is here.  Here is some commentary from the story:

“It feels counter-intuitive,” said Joost Beaumont, a strategist at ABN Amro.


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