Riksbank to buy covered bonds; Iceland enters secondary market

Sveriges Riksbank
Sveriges Riksbank
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Sveriges Riksbank and the Central Bank of Iceland have unveiled new forms of bond-buying as they look to resist the economic shock from the coronavirus.

On March 20, the Riksbank said it was preparing to buy covered bonds as part of its Skr300 billion ($29 billion) quantitative easing programme.

It has already bought Skr2.5 billion in government bonds and the “next step” will be Skr10 billion in covered bonds, which it plans to buy on March 25.

“In light of the development of the corona[virus

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