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  1. April 15, 2014

    Low default rates display uneasy calm

    There are plenty of reasons to worry about frothy, bubble-like conditions in the world’s corporate credit markets. Companies...

  2. April 15, 2014

    Risk seekers turn to Latin American bonds

    A number of South American countries, some still branded pariahs, are welcoming a renewed appetite for risk as investors...

  1. April 14, 2014

    The strange resilience of junk

    Stock market fashions may come and go – at the moment they are mostly going, as biotech and internet boosters have...

  2. April 14, 2014

    US equities sell-off fans junk fears

    A bruising drop in US equities at the end of last week is fanning concern that investors are poised to reassess lofty...

  3. April 13, 2014

    Portuguese finance minister open to unconventional easing by ECB

    Portugal’s finance minister said she would welcome unconventional monetary easing measures from the European Central Bank,...

  4. April 11, 2014

    Four questions markets must not pass over

    Passover is upon us. On Monday night, the world’s Jews will gather to eat a highly stylised meal known as a seder, and to...

  5. April 10, 2014

    Low US rates put Yankee bonds in favour

    Foreign companies are flocking to the US debt capital markets to raise funds, taking advantage of low borrowing costs and...

  6. April 9, 2014

    Rate rise fears stoke EU floating rate bond revival

    Cometh the hour, cometh the instrument. Floating rate debt is back in fashion with European companies as investors seek...

  7. April 1, 2014

    Returns from corporate debt beat equities

    Returns from high-grade corporate bonds easily beat global equities in the first three months of the year for the first time...

  8. March 30, 2014

    Surge in European corporate bond issues

    European corporate bond issuance surged last week as investor demand pushed down interest rates on government bonds from...

  9. March 25, 2014

    Deutsche Bank leads wave of ‘coco’ issuance

    German and Japanese financial groups are currently preparing to issue maiden “coco” bonds as a growing number of banks...

  10. March 25, 2014

    New crop of US loans getting riskier

    The bulk of new loans sold into the market now come with a warning label. Leveraged loans classified single B by the credit...

  11. March 25, 2014

    Mizuho to offer $1.5bn ‘bail-in’ bond

    Mizuho Financial Group has become the first of Japan’s banks to sell a “bail-in” bond that would force losses on investors...

  12. March 24, 2014

    Telefónica bond boosts EU hybrid recovery

    The sharp recovery in the market for European corporate hybrid bonds was given further impetus on Monday when Telefónica,...

  13. March 24, 2014

    Global banks race to issue debt in first quarter

    Global banks have been aggressive borrowers in the first quarter of 2014, taking advantage of low funding costs and demand...

  14. March 19, 2014

    London holds its nerve amid Ukraine crisis

    The financial markets and bankers have so far taken a fairly relaxed view of the impact of the Ukraine crisis on the City of...

  15. March 19, 2014

    Banks test market appetite for Greece

    For the chief executive of Greece’s biggest bank by assets, the nadir of the eurozone crisis arrived in autumn 2012 when a...

  16. March 18, 2014

    Returns at risk as debt duration shortens

    Europe’s low interest rate environment has driven a surge in appetite for high-yield bonds, but returns are expected to slow...

  17. March 18, 2014

    Hunger for long-term debt poses US rate risk

    Will it be all pain and no gain for investors who have piled into long-term corporate debt recently? Despite rising...

  18. March 17, 2014

    European corporate default rates fall

    The rate at which European companies default on their debt is forecast by Standard & Poor’s to fall further, because of...

  19. March 14, 2014

    Daimler sells first renminbi bond in China

    Daimler has sold a Rmb500m “panda” bond to Chinese investors, the German company announced on Friday, making it the first...

  20. March 13, 2014

    Fresh corporate default tests China’s resolve

    China’s premier has warned that future defaults on bonds and other financial products are “unavoidable” underlining concerns...

  21. March 9, 2014

    Greek banks raise fresh capital, easing pressure from ‘troika’

    Greece’s creditors have dropped a demand for the country’s largest banks to raise an extra €2bn of fresh capital after three...

  22. March 7, 2014

    China suffers first corporate bond default

    China experienced its first domestic bond default in recent history on Friday after a small Shanghai-based solar power...

  23. March 6, 2014

    Greek bank Piraeus set to return to capital markets

    Greece’s biggest bank is poised to return to capital markets in a crucial test of whether the country which brought the...

  24. March 5, 2014

    Investors and economists poised to cheer China bond default

    It is a rare thing to see investors and economists come together to cheer a bond default, except it seems in China. On...

  25. March 5, 2014

    Santander set to lead wave of coco sales

    Three banks have issued their first so-called “coco” bonds as investors expect a coming flood of supply in the...

  26. March 5, 2014

    China bond default: Don’t panic

    If a bond defaults when few people close by are paying attention, should it cause a stir? Shanghai Chaori Solar Energy has...

  27. March 4, 2014

    Solar cell maker heads for first corporate bond default in China

    China is heading for its first ever corporate bond default, potentially puncturing the optimism that has galvanised a...

  28. March 4, 2014

    US corporate bonds: moving parts

    A vexing part of investing in corporate bonds is all the moving parts. When yields on US junk bonds, for example, fell to...

  29. March 4, 2014

    Premier Foods completes £1.1bn refinancing package

    Premier Foods will be “liberated from its past” through a £1.1bn refinancing package and a pensions deal, chief executive...

  30. March 4, 2014

    Junk bond rally approaches end of line

    When Michael Milken, the trader at Drexel Burnham Lambert, first started to pitch junk bonds for the masses in the early...

  31. March 3, 2014

    UK’s Nationwide poised to issue coco bond

    Nationwide Building Society is poised to become the first non-listed financial institution to issue a contingent convertible...

  32. February 26, 2014

    Bondholders pay price of share buybacks

    A surge in sales of corporate bonds to fund share buybacks is adding pressure to companies’ balance sheets and increasing...

  33. February 25, 2014

    Debt issuance by periphery banks hits post-crisis peak

    Borrowing by financial institutions based in the eurozone’s troubled periphery countries has reached its highest level since...

  34. February 18, 2014

    Spain leads corporate bond splurge

    Buoyed hopes of a eurozone economic rebound helped precipitate a splurge in bond issuance from companies in peripheral...

  35. February 13, 2014

    Fitch warns on leveraged finance defaults

    Investors have been warned by Fitch that losses from the next leveraged finance default cycle may be significantly in excess...

  36. February 10, 2014

    Taper time-bomb hits US high-yield debt

    The global sell-off in risk assets is taking some of the shine off US junk bonds after a multiyear rally that has kept...

  37. February 3, 2014

    Small companies tap into debt markets

    Soho House is best known as a private members’ club for London’s media and creative types that was founded in 1995. But the...

  38. January 31, 2014

    Emerging market strife keeps bond issuers at bay

    The emerging market turmoil that has sent currencies and stocks across the globe sharply lower in the past couple of weeks...

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