The historic write-off of Credit Suisse’s AT1 bonds has rattled bond markets and private investors in particular, who commonly own AT1 bonds. This has seen a ripple effect across the broader European AT1 market with prices of several bank AT1s trading at lower levels and thus offering juicier yields. With over 300 USD and EUR denominated AT1s listed on the BondEvalue App, it can be overwhelmingly difficult for investors to decide which bonds might be worth investing in. To make things easier, we have put together an interactive scatterplot below of USD and EUR AT1 perpetuals from the 10 most popular banks among our subscribers, callable within the next 3 years. The X-axis represents the remaining months to the next call date while the Y-axis represents the yield-to-call (YTC). Each dot represents an AT1 bond – hovering over it will give you the bond’s details – coupon, call date, price, yield to call, yield to maturity and the coupon reset. Further, the color of the dot represents the AT1’s coupon reset level – blue dots represent AT1s with coupon resets of benchmark + 500bp or above while orange dots represent AT1s with coupon resets of less than 500bp over benchmark.

What do market participants think of AT1 bonds during this period of time? Here is what analysts have to say about them:

“When you see these types of markets, you’ve got to take advantage of them. This is why I’ve been in the business longer than anybody else” – Mark LiebSource, CEO of Spectrum Asset Management

There were some weak hands, shaky hands, and the market is now mispriced. The market is a spectacular buy” – Sebastiano Pirro, an investor running a €9bn fund for Algebris Investments

“Credit Suisse was an idiosyncratic event. While the underlying story had not changed, spreads have widened for the wrong reasons, which we believe creates an opportunity.” – Romain Miginiac, a credit investor at Geneva-based Atlanticomnium


The impact from Credit Suisse’s write-off has even seen Tier 2 bonds witness a drop in their prices. For the uninitiated, Tier 2 bonds are also subordinated debt but rank senior to Additional Tier 1 bonds in a typical bank capital structure. Tier 2 bonds also tend to be dated instruments, vs. the perpetual structure seen in AT1s. This makes Tier 2s attractive to some investors, relative to AT1s. To find value within the Tier 2 space, we have put together a similar scatterplot below of USD and EUR denominated Tier 2 bonds from the 10 most popular banks. For this scatterplot, the Y-axis represents the yield-to-worst (YTW), which is the lower of the YTM and YTC. Each dot represents a bond – hovering over it will give you the bond’s details – coupon, price, yield to worst and its rating.

Searching for a Bank AT1 or Tier 2 Bond That Meets Your Criteria 

The BondEvalue App has a way for investors to search for bank AT1s an Tier 2 bonds that meet their custom criteria using the Advanced Search tool. Let us take a look at an example.

If a user wants to find HSBC AT1 and Tier 2 bonds, denominated in EUR and USD with a yield range between 6-10%, one can go through the below steps:

  1. Click on the “Advanced Search” button
  2. Under the “Issuer, ISIN, Guarantor” section, type ‘HSBC’
  3. Go to the ‘Yield Range’ and enter ‘6’ and ’10’ in the two boxes respectively
  4. Next, click on the “Sector”‘ dropdown and uncheck the ‘Select All’ checkbox. After this, click on the checkboxes beside ‘Banks (AT1)’ and ‘Banks (Tier 2)’
  5. To further filter for EUR and USD denominated bonds, click on the “Currency” filter and uncheck the ‘Select All’ checkbox. Then click on the checkboxes beside EUR and USD.
  6. Click on the “Search” button and voila! HSBC EUR and USD AT1s and Tier 2s will appear in the search results.

You can perform similar searches on the Mobile App as well using the Advanced Search tool.

Click Here to Screen for AT1s and Tier 2 Bonds on the BondEvalue App

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