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RBS Says Euro Bank Recapitalization Plan Risks Bund ‘Shake-Out’

October 10, 2011

Oct. 10 (Bloomberg) -- The potential for euro-area policy makers to recapitalize the region’s banks may prevent the safest government bonds from extending this year’s advance, Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc said.

“We are all being a bit more circumspect and less gung-ho about our bond-bull stance,” Andrew Roberts, head of European rates strategy in London, wrote in an investor report on Oct. 7. “We are hardening this circumspection on two things: bank recapitalization and consensus-view change.” Such a plan for the region’s lenders “risks a bund shake-out,” Roberts wrote.

German 10-year bonds fell last week, pushing the yield up to 2 percent on Oct. 7 from 1.89 percent on Sept. 30. Still, the yield has slid almost 1 percentage point from 2.96 percent on Dec. 31.

To contact the reporter on this story: Paul Dobson in London at pdobson2@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Daniel Tilles at dtilles@bloomberg.net


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