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Monday, 20 August 2018

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  • APRA relaxes liquidity rules for foreign banks

    APRA plans to harmonise capital ratios with international norms

    Ticker | 16 August 2018

    Australia’s top banking regulator is proposing changes to how the country’s banks calculate their capital ratios in order to bring them more in line with international norms.

  • Kiwi structured market deepens

    Kiwi structured market deepens

    Structured Finance | 10 August 2018

    New Zealand’s structured finance market is showing signs of growth ahead of a potential rule change designed to make local securitisations more attractive to the country’s major banks.

  • World Bank lines up first blockchain bond

    World Bank lines up first blockchain bond

    Top News | 10 August 2018

    The International Bank for Reconstruction and Development - more commonly known as the World Bank - is marketing the world’s first public blockchain bond. And it has chosen to go a long way from its Washington DC headquarters to do the deal.

  • Aussie RMBS broadens US appeal

    Aussie RMBS broadens US appeal

    Structured Finance | 03 August 2018

    Mortgage specialist Resimac is poised to lift US dollar RMBS issuance from Australia above 2017’s full-year total, underlining the growth in US and Asian demand for the asset class in that currency.

  • The Kangaroo returns

    Basis swap moves could trigger Kangaroo bounce

    Ticker | 20 July 2018

    The Kangaroo market may be set for an upturn in financial and corporate issuance after short-end funding pressures in the US contributed to significant shifts in Australian/US dollar cross-currency basis swap levels.

  • Australian thongs

    Cooler demand for Australia's 2041 Treasury bond

    Ticker | 18 July 2018

    The Australian Office of Financial Management bridged a gap in the country’s sovereign curve with Tuesday’s smaller-than-expected A$3.6bn (US$2.67bn) syndicated sale of 2.75% May 21 2041 Treasury bonds.

  • Westpac bank branch

    Westpac reopens senior unsecured euro market for Aussie banks

    Ticker | 10 July 2018

    Westpac Banking Corporation (AA3/AA–/AA–) took advantage of favourable cross–currency basis swap levels and some scarcity value to print the first senior unsecured euro-denominated bonds by an Australian bank since the start of the damning Royal Commission into banking practices back in March.

  • Crowds watch projections on the sails of the Sydney Opera House during the official start of Vivid Sydney, promoted as the world’s largest festival of light, music and ideas, in Sydney.

    Australian RMBS lose altitude

    Structured Finance | 29 June 2018

    The Australian RMBS market has slowed from last year’s record-breaking pace, with A$12.9bn (US$9.5bn) raised from 15 trades so far this year, down nearly 16% from a year ago, according to Thomson Reuters data.

  • Circus Oz performers dressed as red kangaroos pose for pictures at Darling Harbour in Sydney.

    Tax pledge to boost Aussie bonds

    Top News | 22 June 2018

    Australia’s under-utilised bond market may receive a welcome fillip if the opposition Labor Party, which is ahead in the polls, wins the next federal election.

  • Avanti prints rare Kiwi RMBS

    Structured Finance | 15 June 2018

    Avanti Finance gave the New Zealand securitisation market a welcome shot in the arm last Tuesday with only the fifth issuance of residential mortgage-backed securities since the global financial crisis.

  • AMP gets push-back on Swiss bond

    Bonds | 08 June 2018

    Swiss investors appeared to push back on AMP Group’s bond offering last Tuesday as the scandal-hit Australian financial services company sold a debut SFr110m (US$112m) 4.5-year note.

  • A 'For Sale' sign for an entire block of a city is seen in the Broadbeach area of The Goldcoast, Australia.

    Mixed fortunes for Aussie REITs

    Bonds | 01 June 2018

    An increasingly cautious outlook for the Australian property market helps explain the contrasting fortunes of two recent bond offerings from listed property trusts.

  • Australia's Westpac Banking Corp's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Brian Hartzer speaks during a media conference in Sydney, Australia.

    Westpac NZ on European mission

    Bonds | 25 May 2018

    Westpac New Zealand is about to test European demand for Antipodean bank issuance in the wake of the headline-grabbing scandals exposed by the Australian inquiry into bank practices.

  • A Tigerair Australia plane sits on the tarmac near Virgin Australia aircraft at Melbourne's Tullamarine International Airport, Australia.

    Virgin birth for Aussie HY

    Bonds | 18 May 2018

    Virgin Australia Holdings has pushed Australia’s developing high-yield bond market further down the credit curve with the first low Single B rated offering.

  • Aroundtown ventures Down Under

    Bonds | 13 April 2018

    German property group Aroundtown, rated BBB+ (S&P), is set to become the latest European corporate to access the Kangaroo market.

  • Mackay exposes Aussie HY risks

    Mackay exposes Aussie HY risks

    Bonds | 29 March 2018

    Australia’s expanding high-yield and unrated bond market received a reality check when Mackay Sugar effectively defaulted on its A$50m (US$38.5m) 5.25% April 5 2018 note, having sought and secured a 12-month extension from bondholders.

  • Macquarie

    Macquarie Group raises US$1.75bn in challenging US market

    Ticker | 20 March 2018

    Macquarie Group (A3/BBB/A–) tackled a challenging market backdrop to sell a US$1.75bn three-part 144A/Reg S bond through a blue-chip line-up of US bookrunners, comprising Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, HSBC, JP Morgan and Wells Fargo, as well as the issuer’s own syndication team.

  • New Zealand's Finance Minister Grant Robertson reacts during an interview in his office in Wellington, New Zealand.

    Record demand for Kiwi sovereign

    Bonds | 16 March 2018

    New Zealand attracted a record order book in excess of NZ$5bn (US$3.7bn) for its first syndicated sovereign nominal bond offering in 19 months last Tuesday as investors fought for a slice of the scarce government paper.

  • Thumbs down for Kiwi proposal

    Structured Finance | 16 March 2018

    The Australian Securitisation Forum has given a resounding thumbs down to the Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s proposed new format for mortgage bonds, intended to revive the country’s moribund RMBS market.

  • A National Australia Bank (NAB) employee assists a customer using an automatic tellar machine (ATM) at a branch in central Sydney, Australia.

    NAB makes rare domestic visit

    Bonds | 09 March 2018

    National Australia Bank breathed life into the local covered bond market last Wednesday when it netted A$1.5bn (US$1.17bn) from a self-led three-tranche five-year and 10-year offering.

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