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Mercury is dropping, but heat is still on

28 August 2015

Yes, folks that’s it. While much of Europe has sweltered with record temperatures, the summer is nearly over in the UK as the mercury are already falling fast in the run-up to the August Bank Holiday. And what a summer it has been. Highlights included the latest Greek farce of June and early July, followed by the massive fluctuations in Chinese stocks and oil in August. The fact that UK is off on Monday means the month will come to an end with a bit of a whimper, but that gives us an opportunity to contemplate what might happen as the nights start to draw in over the autumn and early winter. Clearly the most pressing matter is the FOMC meeting on September 16/17. Will the Fed pull the trigger or not? Fed funds are still pricing in a 20% possibility that they will, so there is a small chance and some are advocating a 25bp hike to give the Fed some ammo should they need to tighten if the worse comes ...

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Double A Svenska Samurai nails 1bp swap spread

28 August 2015

Sweden’s Svenska Handelsbanken has priced three-tranche Samurai bonds to raise ¥66.8bn (US$556m), despite turbulence in the market during bookbuilding.


Why the Fed should tighten in September

28 August 2015

Ten reasons for Yellen to forge ahead.

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Merck jumps in first with jumbo M&A trade

28 August 2015

Merck reopened the European corporate bond market with a punchy triple-tranche euro offering on Thursday, breaking several weeks of drought seen after volatility dashed hopes of a late-summer surge

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