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    IFR Review of the Year 2015

    Miles Davis is reputed to have said that jazz is not about the notes you play, but those you don’t play.

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    IFR Americas Review of the Year 2015

    In many ways, 2015 didn’t seem as if there was much of a correction going on. US investment-grade bond issuance steamed to yet another annual record – breaking the mark in October this time, as opposed to November in 2014 and December the year before that. The Fed’s first rates hike was supposed to come early in the year, then the spring, then the summer. But it didn’t – and new offerings just kept piling into the primary market.

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    IFR Outlook for International DCM Roundtable 2015

    IFR’s Outlook for International Debt Capital Markets Roundtable took place on November 5, so the comments that follow were current as of that date. The discussion focused on the multiple themes that surround the bond market at a difficult but fascinating time. At the time the roundtable took place, we were then as now waiting to see if the Fed proceeds with tightening moves and if the ECB continues with easy money.

  • IFR Outlook for US Rates Roundtable 2015

    IFR Outlook for US Rates Roundtable 2015

    IFR’s 2015 US Rates Roundtable took place in New York on October 29, the day after that month’s FOMC meeting, so the comments made by our distinguished panel of rates strategists and laid out in the following pages were current as of that date.

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    IFR Outlook for US Credit Roundtable 2015

    IFR’s US Credit Roundtable took place on October 29, the day after the October FOMC meeting and immediately following an IFR roundtable that had explored the Fed’s thinking and room for manoeuvre, and focused more specifically on the US Treasury market.

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    IFR German Corporate Funding Roundtable 2015

    IFR’s latest German Corporate Funding Roundtable, held in Frankfurt on October 15, surveyed the financing and macro landscape not just from the debt and loan capital markets sell-side perspective; senior treasury representatives from three major German-based multinationals – Bayer, Daimler and SAP – additionally offered some fascinating insights into the corporate finance and funding panorama as viewed from the client side.

  • IFR India Special Report 2015

    IFR India Special Report 2015

    High expectations: Eighteen months into Narendra Modi’s government, things are looking up for India. Growth is quickening, inflation is under control, and reforms are coming through. Harnessing that momentum, however, remains a constant challenge, and India’s prime minister will need to work hard if he is to come close to meeting his grand ambitions.

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    IFR US ECM Roundtable 2015

    IFR’s US ECM Roundtable was held on September 15, just ahead of the Federal Reserve’s decision to hold rates for another month. The decision pushed expectations for the start of the rate-tightening cycle into 2016 and extended the accommodative environment that has sustained a bull market.

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    IFR DCM Special Report 2015

    Shape-shifting: The debt market is a singular animal: no matter what situation arises, it simply evolves in order to address it.

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    IMF/World Bank 2015

    Mean Streets: If the IMF were a cop, it would be the righteous Commissioner Gordon, desperately trying to maintain order in Gotham City while waiting for Batman to turn up.

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    IFR Securitisation Roundtable 2015

    IFR’s Securitisation Roundtable – entitled “The Great European Securitisation Debate” – took place on May 28. Even though the general market at that point had turned volatile and Bund yields had been whipsawing, it was long before Greece went into arrears with the IMF and Greeks had voted against the latest austerity package. So the following discussion needs to be read with this in mind.

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    IFR German SME Funding Roundtable 2015

    IFR’s 2015 Roundtable on German SME Funding, held on June 16 in Frankfurt, took place in the wake of violent swings in the bond market. Not long before the discussion, volatility in 10-year Bund futures had hit levels it hadn’t seen for three years as the broad market lost its sang-froid.

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    IFR European ECM Roundtable 2015

    IFR’s Europe, Middle East and Africa ECM Roundtable was held on June 25 just as Greece had caused European debt issuance to slump. Yet this was an upbeat discussion held amid a flurry of issuance.

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    IFR Future of IBD Roundtable 2015

    IFR’s Future of IBD Roundtable, covering the primary origination and advisory businesses (capital markets underwriting and advisory), was a fascinating foray into a key set of client-facing businesses. These are businesses that may not have been a target for re-regulatory endeavour but they are businesses that have nonetheless been directly impacted by strategic efforts afoot in play across the industry as a result as banks seek to manage the seminal transformation from bloated revenue-seeking institut

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    IFR Bank Capital Roundtable 2015

    The Great Bank Capital Debate rumbles on. IFR’s latest event on this evolving topic was held as the TLAC and MREL initiatives wend their way closer to final versions at the same time as banks are – to the extent the rules have been finalised or where the direction of travel is otherwise clear – fine-tuning resolution plans, working towards assumed leverage ratio minimums, and dealing with funding, liquidity and a host of other issues in a world that has become increasingly convoluted.

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    IFR Top 250 Borrowers 2015

    Shifting sands – Credit markets posted yet another year of storming supply, a scene played out in an unnatural landscape constantly reshaped by shifting sands. On the one hand, the US called time on its quantitative easing bond-buying programme; but, on the other, the European Central Bank scrambled up the dunes to proclaim an initiative of its own. In the QE stakes, Frankfurt simply replaced Washington.

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    IFR Eurozone Special Report 2015

    Stimulating times: After years of bailouts, downturn, debt, fouls and penalties, it would appear the eurozone first team is finally showing signs of being ready to compete. The technical staff’s promise to do “whatever it takes” to keep the team together gave both players and supporters a lift. And after overcoming question of its legality, the additional stimulus provided by quantitative easing is providing additional confidence that they can cope should

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    IFR Private Placements Roundtable 2015

    Private placements have received a lot of attention in Europe in the past year to 18 months. They have been captured fully by the Capital Markets Union debate in Europe as a potentially new funding alternative to bank lending for the benefit of SMEs.

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    IFR Renminbi Capital Markets Special Report 2015

    Rising to the challenge: Hype is returning to the renminbi capital markets. After a few lacklustre years for Chinese equities, Shanghai and Hong Kong are on their biggest bull runs in years, while interest rate cuts have lifted interest in renminbi bonds.

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    IFR Turkey Special Report 2015

    At a crossroads: To say that Turkey is at a crossroads and must choose its future direction is simply to state an age-old truth: it always has been. Geographically, Turkey is at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, an ornate doorway between two regions. The EU’s endless debates over the merits of letting it join have only emphasised its unique location – while fuelling its frustration.

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