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Thursday, 21 February 2019

Upfront

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  • Rough Guide to Bonds

    Just as tourists are sometimes hostages to fortune when they need to buy their holiday cash, so Travelex discovered what it’s like to face an unexpectedly eye-watering rate when it had to pay an 8% coupon on its latest bond deal.

  • Loan time coming

    Rules are made to be broken, but some US Republicans want to throw them out entirely - at least when it comes to leveraged lending.

  • Saudi Arabian flag

    Lines in the sand

    Saudi Arabia can’t stop setting milestones. On Wednesday, the sovereign followed up last year’s US$17.5bn record-breaking transaction with the biggest ever sukuk offering.

  • Vicenza

    ​Good-bye or good buy?

    If not them, then who? That’s the question that investors in bank bonds will be asking if, as now seems increasingly likely, Italy is allowed to bail out Banca Popolare di Vicenza and Veneto Banca via what is being billed as a “precautionary recapitalistion”.

  • Brave new world

    If there’s one thing journalists should know about it’s digital disruption.

  • Beetle juice

    Business as usual is not a mantra that Volkswagen has been able to trot out over the past 18 months.

  • By the book

    The most remarkable thing about Kuwait’s deal last week was how unremarkable it all was.

  • A Cryan shame

    It’s been an eventful two years for John Cryan as chief executive of Deutsche Bank. From a market panic about the bank’s health last September to scandals about laundering Russian money, and from a very public stand-off with the US Department of Justice to numerous strategy overhauls, he’s certainly been a busy fellow.

  • The favoured few

    Investors were so afraid of missing out on the next Facebook that they allowed Snap (and its banks) to push sensible boundaries in its US$3.4bn IPO.

  • Three ways

    The European Financial Stability Facility raised a few eyebrows last week when it found it tough to sell long-end bonds – again.