Some months ago, Mario Draghi met a Corporate Blonde, with Helicopter money, and in a flash of Confetti an idea was born.
NB: This article takes liberties with the truth, but it is as nothing compared to the shenanigans going on at the European Central Bank ....
June 8th 2016 marked the culmination of a new Policy... when you have cleaned up buying Government Bonds, why not start in on Corporate Bonds too, i.e. issued by Businesses.
To state the obvious, another new Chapter begins. Instead of valuing Bonds from Business based on their fundamentals, the European Central Bank is now artificially distorting the pictures, with new bond pricing and hence yields more defined by what ECB happen to be buying, rather than the actual quality of the bond as defined by the issuer. Disgrace in our times.
Some links that I would ask you to read and view
ECB Asset Purchase Programme
ECB Conference June 02 2016
How about Junk?
June 10 update:
Pictet on bonds
What is Next? Buying Junk Bonds?
Oops. I hope Mario is not reading the financial press. He might get more untenable ideas
LinksRemind me, what is a BOND?