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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Spark for chaotic fire sale goes all the way to ECB

Frankfurt's refusal to act as lender of last resort spurred Nama's decision to sell into a weak market, says Colm McCarthy

Published 18/09/2016 | 02:30

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Nama was established in late 2009 to buy property-related loans from Ireland's bust banks at a discount. The intention was that the assets be warehoused and fed gently into the market, avoiding a chaotic fire sale.

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Nama was given a 10-year time horizon to dispose of its monster portfolio and hired hundreds of staff and professional advisers for the task.

It paid the banks with government-guaranteed paper which they could use to borrow real money from the Irish Central Bank, with permission from the European Central Bank in Frankfurt.

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