Ian Guider Market Talk

Hands up who wants to buy a 100-year Irish bond? Global investors do

3rd April, 2016
NTMA headquarters at Treasury Building in DublinPic: Feargal Ward

✽ It is hard at the moment to predict events just a couple of months out, so there was a bit of surprise last week at the National Treasury Management Agency’s announcement of the sale of Ireland’s first 100-year bond, as well as plenty of curiosity. It was a relatively modest €100 million, and placed with investors rather than an auction.

Why on earth would the NTMA want to pay 2.35 per...

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