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  • GPIF reveals racy credit investments

    Japan's GPIF reveals racy credit bets

    People & Markets | 13 July 2018

    Japan’s biggest pension fund channelled more money into riskier credit investments during the last fiscal year, adding exposure to Venezuela, Iraq and casino operators while cutting back on US Treasuries and yen bonds.

  • National Australia Bank (NAB) logo

    NAB raises over ¥100bn through two-part Samurai bond

    Ticker | 12 July 2018

    National Australia Bank returned to the Samurai market for the first time since January 2017 to raise ¥104.9bn (US$934m) from a dual-tranche five and 10-year bond, hot on the heels of a five-year deal from Aussie peer Westpac in late June.

  • Kexim raises the Samurai standard

    People & Markets | 06 July 2018

    Export-Import Bank of Korea chairman and president Sung-soo Eun said the export credit agency’s latest Samurai issue was not just for its own funding needs but to pave the way for other South Korean issuers to follow, stressing the double role Kexim has as the nation’s leading international borrower.

  • MUMSS dropped from bond deals

    People & Markets | 06 July 2018

    Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities has been dropped from several bond deals in Japan, days after regulators recommended that it be fined for alleged manipulation of government bond futures.

  • A man dressed as samurai warrior takes part in a ceremony for the new year's first practice of budo (Japanese martial arts) in Tokyo.

    Investors snap up APAC Samurai supply

    Bonds | 29 June 2018

    Japanese bond buyers welcomed the chance to diversify their portfolios last week as rare issuers KT Corp and Westpac Banking Group added to the rebound in Samurai bond sales.

  • Renault

    Renault prices two-part Samurai amid trade tensions

    Ticker | 26 June 2018

    Renault raised ¥57.4bn (US$524m) from a dual-tranche Samurai issue amid trade tensions between the US and Europe.

  • Eun Sung-soo, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Korea Investment Corporation, attends the Asian Financial Forum in Hong Kong, China.

    Kexim sets Samurai record

    Top News | 22 June 2018

    Export-Import Bank of Korea last Thursday raised an impressive ¥120bn (US$1.08bn) from the biggest Samurai bond issue ever from Asia ex-Australia, making the most of the positive momentum following the historic summit between the US and North Korea.

  • The Philippine national flag is raised during celebrations for the 116th death anniversary of Philippine national hero Jose Rizal at the Rizal Park in Manila.

    Philippines to meet Japanese investors this month

    Ticker | 07 June 2018

    Officials from the Republic of the Philippines will meet Japanese investors in Tokyo this month, as the sovereign plans to sell yen and US dollar bonds, according to two sources.

  • Man walks by advertisement for Corning Gorilla Glass 3

    Corning draws new buyers for second yen Global

    Ticker | 31 May 2018

    US specialty glass manufacturer Corning, rated Baa1/BBB+ (Moody’s/S&P), returned to the yen market after less than one year, cultivating its investor base with a ¥65.5bn (US$603m) three-tranche Global bond deal.

  • Logo of Japan's Uniqlo clothing outlets

    Fast Retailing raises ¥250bn in biggest yen bond this year

    Ticker | 30 May 2018

    Fast Retailing, the owner of Japanese fashion brand Uniqlo, raised ¥250bn (US$2.3bn) in the domestic bond market on Wednesday at maturities of five, seven, 10 and 20 years.

  • Abe waves to children with Indonesian and Japanese flags at the Bogor Palace

    Yen market stays open for Indonesia

    Top News | 25 May 2018

    The Republic of Indonesia priced a ¥100bn (US$911m) multi-tranche Samurai bond issue last week, highlighting the Japanese debt market’s value as a stable funding source amid emerging market jitters.

  • A pedestrian passes the head office of Lloyds Banking Group in central London

    Demand from Japanese regional investors lifts Lloyds Samurai

    Ticker | 24 May 2018

    Lloyds Banking Group returned to the Samurai market with a bang on Thursday, raising a massive ¥169bn (US$1.54bn) from multi-tranche loss-absorbing-capacity bonds amid growing demand from Japanese regional investors.

  • A signboard for a Japan Post Bank Co ATM machine is pictured in Tokyo, Japan.

    Japan Post Bank to diversify holdings

    People & Markets | 18 May 2018

    Japan Post Bank, one of the country’s biggest institutional investors, with ¥207.7trn (US$1.89trn) under management, is to increase its allocation to credit and alternative investments in a bid to improve returns.

  • Indonesia files shelf registration for Samurai

    Indonesia files shelf registration for Samurai

    Ticker | 15 May 2018

    The Republic of Indonesia has filed a shelf registration to issue up to ¥600bn (US$5.5bn) of Samurai bonds within two years.

  • Vulnerable Indonesia hopes for Samurai return

    Emerging Markets | 11 May 2018

    The Republic of Indonesia has conducted meetings in April ahead of a possible return to the Samurai bond market, two sources said, just as global investors have cooled on Indonesian bonds in other currencies.

  • Japan US$1.5trn fund move set to shake up bond market

    People & Markets | 11 May 2018

    GPIF, Japan’s biggest pension fund, with over ¥162trn (US$1.47trn) under management, has opened the door to junk-rated domestic bond investments, in a move that is expected to broaden the Japanese debt capital market.

  • Ghana 'on course' for yen debut

    Ghana 'on course' for yen debut

    Top News | 13 April 2018

    Ghana is on track to issue its first yen bond as it looks to broaden the investor base for its debt, Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta said on Friday.

  • Ghana plans bonds in H2

    Ghana 'on course' for yen debut

    Ticker | 13 April 2018

    Ghana is on track to issue its first yen bond as it looks to broaden the investor base for its debt, Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta said on Friday.

  • KKR logo

    KKR looking to be repeat yen issuer

    Ticker | 28 March 2018

    KKR plans to issue yen-denominated bonds once or twice a year to fund its operations and enhance its name recognition in Japan, especially among regional investors.

  • CEO of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co (KKR) Henry Kravis (C) departs after breakfast in the Manhattan borough of New York.

    KKR adds to Japan push with yen debut

    Bonds | 16 March 2018

    Private equity giant KKR made its debut in the yen bond market last week with a ¥40.3bn (US$380m) Global bond issue to raise funds for its deal-making in Japan.

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