The proportion of bonds carrying negative yields fell sharply in the first half of 2021 on the back of rising market rates. As of 30 June 2021, the combined nominal value of Dutch bonds with negative yields totalled €624 billion, down €142 billion on 31 December 2020.
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Driven by rising stock prices, the total market value of Dutch companies reached an all-time high of EUR 1,407 billion in the first quarter of 2021, an increase of 13.6% quarter on quarter.
At the end of the first quarter of 2021, the balance sheet of De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) amounted to no less than EUR 464 billion. This is an increase of EUR 149 billion (47%) compared to February 2020, just before the global outbreak of COVID-19, when DNB's balance sheet totalled EUR 314 billion.