Thursday, March 19, 2020

ECB launched bond buying Program to ease euro zone economy

The 3Cs - Coronavirus, Crude oil and Credit Risk seem to have shocked the whole world. The infection from the pandemic and the economic fallout is taking a toll on equity markets. Though central banks and the government are pacifying sentiments through rate cuts and liquidity infusion, the fall in the markets is highly disturbing due to the rising confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths in Europe surpassed China on Wednesday, the ECB launched a €750B bond-buying program to stop a pandemic-induced financial rout shredding the eurozone's economy. The new policy brings this year's planned purchases to €1.1T, with the new round alone worth 6% of the bloc's GDP. Eurozone government bonds surged after the decision, with 10-year Italian bond yields dropping as much as 90 bps to 1.40%. Spanish and Portuguese 10-year bond yields slid around 30 bps each, while benchmark 10-year German Bund yields were down 12 bps at 0.35%.

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