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Saturday, 21 October 2017

Upfront

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  • More by luck...

    The market - and certainly the bankers who weren’t involved - were pretty dismissive of last week’s British American Tobacco dollars, euros and sterling bond deal that raised the equivalent of US$20bn - yes, twenty billion US dollars.

  • Frontier justice

    What a comeback for Iraq. Less than two years after the sovereign failed to print a deal amid rocketing yields, the war-torn country was able to sell a US$1bn deal that came well inside fair value.

  • Greece tightening

    The champagne corks have been popping in Athens after Greece’s apparently triumphant return to the bond markets. A €3bn trade at a five-year maturity and with a yield of 4.625% - that should be cause for celebration.

  • ​Don’t be daft

    A new rule introduced without any fanfare by the European Union at the beginning of the month has the potential to significantly damage the European structured finance market.

  • Special delivery

    New credit default swap definitions, intended to reflect the latest bail-in rules for bank debt-holders, could have been written with June’s resolution of Banco Popular in mind.

  • Getting carried away

    Markets reacted rashly to news that Banca Carige had apparently secured the backing of two major banks for a €500m rights issue.

  • Patience, please

    The collapse of Banca Popolare di Vicenza and Veneto Banca last weekend has triggered a fair amount of navel-gazing, and damaged the reputation of the European financial establishment.

  • Volatility index

    Two years ago, MSCI’s decision not to include Chinese A-shares in its benchmark emerging market index signalled the end of a bull run for mainland equities. In a bizarre twist, this year’s review in favour of Chinese stocks has again ushered in a new bout of volatility.

  • Sleight of hand

    What is a sukuk? After Dana Gas claimed last week that its outstanding Islamic bonds are no longer lawful, this is not merely a philosophical question but a highly charged issue that could destroy the sukuk market.

  • To encourage the others

    For once there was no can-kicking, just quick and decisive action.