As I mentioned to you last year, one such call from Bill in 2011 led to our investment (along with W.L. Ross, Fidelity and Capital Research) in Bank of Ireland (IRE) – the first significant investment in Ireland by foreign investors since the financial market collapse. Only one year later, Ireland and its economy have made significant strides towards recovery. Irish government bond rates have dropped from mid-teen yields to approximately 4% today and the € 1 billion contingent capital note that the Irish government invested in Bank of Ireland was entirely sold to the financial markets at a premium. More recently, the Irish government has announced the removal of the Eligible Liabilities Guarantee and money is flowing strongly back into Ireland. Our hats are off to the Irish government and the people of Ireland for showing the way forward out of the economic malaise in Europe!
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