Banks move to increase corporate-bond inventories

11/27/2012 | Bloomberg

In the five weeks ended Nov. 14, the biggest banks increased holdings of corporate debt by $13 billion, to $57.8 billion, according to Federal Reserve data. Holdings peaked at $235 billion in 2007, but banks have since reduced their inventories. Still, 2012 has been a record year for bond sales, and Wall Street banks are back in the thick of things as market makers.

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