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A warm reception for a rare foray

June 4, 2009

As a rare entrant to the senior markets, with a robust AA rating in its favour, Nordea's inaugural fixed-rate senior issue was a covetable success. Writer Edward Russell-Walling

A long-term win against the odds KfW

April 7, 2009

In the current financial climate, five-year papers are considered a no-go area for US bond investors. This makes the $4m, five-year issue pulled off by Germany's Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau last month all the more remarkable. Writer Edward Russell-Walling

Dutch bond goes down a storm

March 10, 2009

The Dutch State Treasury Agency triumphed when it brought its 10-year bond to market with a coupon of 4%: the book closed within just four hours with most of the allocation going to real money accounts of international investors. Writer Edward Russell-Walling.

Well prepared for hard times

February 2, 2009

BNP Paribas’ €1.5bn, five-year covered bond has given the market a welcome fillip, but was only made possible thanks to the bank’s five-year strategy ­of diversifying its funding as broadly as possible.

A hare and tortoise story

December 1, 2008

When RZB announced its rights issue in October it was not in response to market pressure, but the final step of a three-year programme to build capital in line with the assets and liabilities of the growing bank. Writer Edward Russell-Walling.

Strengthening the market’s backbone

November 3, 2008

In October, the World Bank responded to market tensions by proving that highly creditworthy longer-tenor funding was possible with its five-year global bond. Writer Edward Russell-Walling.

Swiss prove that quality will out

September 1, 2008

A conservative funding structure has helped the Swiss bank retain a strong capital base, while an integrated business model has given it more flexibility. This has enabled it to produce its largest-ever single debt issue. Writer Edward Russell-Walling.

Japanese investors rally round the rand

August 4, 2008

A successful issue by the International Finance Corporation proves the rand can still attract interest. Edward Russell-Walling reports.

Record rights issue in turbulent times

July 1, 2008

Millennium BCP exceeded expectations with a $1.3bn rights issue in April despite a cooling market and tough regulation, writes Edward Russell-Walling.

Investors wowed by Georgian bond issue

June 2, 2008

Edward Russell-Walling reports on how Georgia’s first ever issue on the international bond market was a resounding success.

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