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Bond markets alive and adapting

November 1, 2013

Predictions that an end to US quantitative easing would cause a major upset in the bond markets have not materialised, but the landscape is changing gradually for primary issuance.

The BBC recently tapped the private placement market

Private bond market proves its mettle

November 1, 2013

The US private placement bond market is proving popular with mid-sized European companies and those that lack credit ratings. American investors, starved of supply, hope the trend lasts a while longer. 

Mirror image: the Korean exchange, which runs the benchmark Kospi market for larger companies, has opened the Korea New Exchange for younger companies

Capital markets play catch-up to South Korea’s real economy

October 1, 2013

With South Korea's underdeveloped capital markets struggling under the growing weight of the country's rapidly expanding conglomerates, the pressure is on for the sector to evolve and mature – with the government, regulators and banks all taking steps to achieve this goal. But will new regulations and improved infrastructure be enough to transform the industry?

South Korea’s big players make investment banking move

October 1, 2013

Many of South Korea's largest financial institutions are having to reconsider their investment banking strategies in the wake of changed capital markets regulation, increasing competition and narrowing profits, with many turning to the international market.

Investors stay in the ECM hunt

September 2, 2013

High valuations and the US Federal Reserve’s plan to taper quantitative easing have dimmed investors’ appetite for emerging markets, but they are still seeking out value in developed market equity stories.

Convertibles shine as stars align

Convertibles shine as stars align

September 2, 2013

The convertibles market has experienced something of a resurgence in 2013, thanks to high stock prices and tight spreads, and this increase in issuance has brought diversity to the market.

EIBs green bond takes root

EIB's green bond takes root

September 2, 2013

In July, the European Investment Bank looked to address the demand for socially responsible investments by launching the largest ever euro-denominated green bond using the bank's mini-benchmark programme, ECoop. Its green thinking proved to be clever thinking, when the initial deal size had to be increased to satisfy demand.

Barclays finds the right FIG blend

Barclays finds the right FIG blend

September 2, 2013

The creation of a single financial institutions group at Barclays in February 2013 formalised increasingly close co-operation between coverage investment bankers and capital markets practitioners. The co-head of its FIG EMEA capital markets unit tells Philip Alexander how this has been working.

African companies look abroad to list

Africa’s companies turn to foreign exchanges

September 2, 2013

In the past three years, international equity issuance from African companies has outpaced listings on the continent. This trend looks set to continue for the time being, thanks to the small size of most African exchanges and global investors’ increasing appetite for exposure to the continent.

RBS switches on to hybrid bond market

RBS switches on to hybrid bond market

September 2, 2013

In the past 18 months, RBS has been building out its hybrid issuance capacity, making new hires and reaching out to the largest investors. Its efforts started to pay off in 2013, when the bank notched up a number of mandates in the first six months of the year.

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