Reinventing the Bond Markets

Reinventing the Bond Markets

Florian Schmidt, managing director and head of debt capital markets, for Asia, ING Bank

Asian local-currency bonds move centre stage

February 16, 2011

Asia's bond markets are the largest outside the US and Europe. National markets vary enormously but most are growing rapidly, driven by huge pools of onshore liquidity and by the desire of Asian companies to plan and fund long-term. And local banks are taking an ever bigger slice of the business.

Investors savour dim sum market

February 16, 2011

China is using the Hong Kong-based 'dim sum' market to develop its offshore renminbi bond sector and push the local currency onto the international stage. There is a huge pool of liquidity keen to invest and although it must face the typical hurdles of any nascent market, the signs are good

Alassane Ouattara, accepted as the winner of the recent election in Côte d’Ivoire by the UN

Africa engages the bond markets

February 22, 2011

Despite a sovereign default and the impact of rolling popular uprisings across north Africa, many are increasingly hopeful about the prospects for Africa's debt markets, as improving economic conditions and growing international appetite look set to underpin further new issuance.

Reinventing the Bond Markets

Defaults down and volumes up, but some worries remain

February 23, 2011

The boom in high-yield markets has continued into 2011 and money continues to flow into emerging market debt - leading some to talk about bubbles and a return to bad habits. Elsewhere in the debt markets, the financial crisis and its aftermath are still being felt.

Ben Aitkenhead, head of US CMBS, Credit Suisse

Europe lags US securitisation revival

February 22, 2011

The European market for commercial mortgage-backed securities seems to be struggling to reinvent itself in time to handle a looming wall of maturities

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