ECB corporate debt programme

US corporate debt rose to 45% of GDP at the peak of the Great Financial Crisis

Why Have Corporate Debt Issues Soared At The Start Of 2017?

The start of a new year is normally a good time for corporate debt issues, although in the first few days of 2017 there have been a greater number of these than in previous years due to the ECB’s purchase programme.  According to Bloomberg, in the first few days of January European companies and banks have issued almost 50 billion euros of debt, double the amount issued in the same period of 2016.