Brilliant maneuver by Draghi – likely unbeknownst to him.
ECB lends money to the troubled banks at 1% who then go out and buy troubled debt, including new issue, at much higher coupon, taking in the difference as income. These banks then use the bonds as collateral for the ECB loans. Essentially, Draghi is doing indirectly what he can’t do directly: buying sovereign debt new issue. These bonds still find their way onto the ECB’s “balance sheet” and undoubtedly will not be marked to market should their prices collapse which of course would otherwise require more capital.
Problem is these carry trades never end well nor does the piling on of more debt solve a debt crisis.
The unintended consequences of an insufficient plan.