An introduction to the Arikara language = Sáhniš wakuúnuʼ by Douglas R Parks; Janet Beltran; Ella P Waters

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Once the systems were in place the potential for buying bonds and paying inflation was substantial. The BTP€i08 has at various times been held mostly in asset-swap positions, occasionally leading to a squeeze in the cash bond until it is rich enough to force long-term holders to lighten their positions. Knowing that there are ultimate buyers in the market encourages range trading by tactical investors on the basis of relative asset-swap levels, especially, but not exclusively, for Italian bonds.

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