US equity markets closed sharply higher, recovering some of its losses as the S&P and Nasdaq ended up 2.1% and 2.9%. Sectoral gains were led by IT and Consumer Discretionary, up over 3% each. US 10Y Treasury yields were down 2bp to 2.14%. European markets were marginally lower – the DAX, CAC and FTSE were down 0.1%, 0.2% and 0.3% respectively. Brazil’s Bovespa ended 0.9% lower. In the Middle East, UAE’s ADX was down 0.6% and Saudi TASI was down 0.7%. Asian markets have opened with a positive bias – Shanghai, HSI, STI and Nikkei were up 0.1%, 2.5%, 1.3% and 1.2% respectively. US IG CDS spreads tightened 2.5bp and HY spreads were 11.8bp tighter. EU Main CDS spreads were 0.8bp tighter and Crossover CDS spreads were 3.3bp tighter. Asia ex-Japan CDS spreads were 7.4bp wider.
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Macquarie raised $2.75bn via a four-part deal:
The bonds are rated A3/BBB+/A-. Proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes.
HSBC SFH France raised €1.25bn via a 5Y bond at a yield of 0.932%, 3bp inside initial guidance of MS+13bp area. The bonds have expected ratings of Aaa/AAA, and received orders over €1.65bn, 1.3x issue size.
Revolving credit is a form of borrowing where the credit line has a maximum limit but the borrower can access it in any quantum based on their funding needs. In a normal borrowing, once the loan has been repaid, the borrower must take a new loan to borrow more. In revolving debt, the borrower can re-access any funds that have been paid back too. Revolving debt generally comes with a higher interest rate and does not necessarily have a fixed coupon.
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Mark Christensen, Fund Manager of DoubleLine Emerging Markets Fixed Income Fund
“We dodged Eastern Europe exposure, but at the same time we’re looking at Latin America, in general, which tends to benefit from the high-price cycle in commodities… A full war breaking out in Ukraine was not our base case,” Christensen said. “We’re benchmark agnostics and so we didn’t need to be there.”
Sasja Beslik, former head of sustainable finance at Bank J Safra Sarasin AG
Though ESG funds represent a small share of the total, they’ve still helped “finance the build-up of a war chest in Russia since 2014″…It’s “a brutal wake-up call”…“Everybody in the West — financial institutions, businesses, politicians — anticipated and assumed that we and Russia have skin in the game together, given the market’s economic covenant… Now it turns out that Russia has broken that covenant…and financial institutions as well as businesses have been taken for a costly ride, while people in Ukraine pay with their lives.”
BlackRock Investment Institute strategists including Alex Brazier and Wei Li
“We see a risk of inflation expectations becoming unanchored in the medium-term, causing central banks to raise rates sharply… We prefer developed equities in this inflationary environment.”
Priya Misra, global head of rates strategy at TD Securities
“There is definitely a risk… Will the Fed be willing to tolerate a recession to get inflation to target? That’s the tough question the market is grappling with.”