US government bond yields continued to trend higher on Monday with the 10Y Treasury up 15bp to 3.88% and the 2Y up 6bp to 4.32%. The peak Fed Funds Rate currently stands at 4.66% for the FOMC’s May 2023 meeting, having eased by 8bp. US credit markets saw a widening of IG CDS spreads by 4bp with HY spreads also moving higher by 20.3bp. US equity markets began the week on weaker footing with the S&P and Nasdaq down 1% and 0.6% respectively.

European equity markets were broadly weaker too and credit markets saw EU Main CDS spreads rise by 4.1bp and Crossover spreads move 18bp higher. UK’s gilts saw a massive rout with 2Y yields soaring higher by 61bp yesterday to 4.57% and the 10Y yield jumping 41bp to 4.24%. The GBP also crashed to record lows of 1.0382 against the dollar and then retraced towards 1.0783. The sharp sell-off in their bonds and the currency comes after the announcement by the new UK government that it would resort to a sweeping program of tax cuts and investment incentives to boost growth. Post this, the BoE has come out saying that it “will not hesitate to raise interest rates if needed to meet its 2% inflation target, and that it was watching financial markets very closely following sharp moves in asset prices.”

Asia ex-Japan CDS spreads widened 13.2bp and Asian equity markets have opened mixed today. The offshore Chinese yuan fell to its lowest since 29 May 2020 against the dollar with the central bank fixing the yuan at 7.0298 against the dollar, the weakest since July 2020.

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New Bond Issues

New Bond Issues 27 Sep 22

Jiangning Jingkai Overseas Investment raised $120mn via a 364-day bond at a yield of 5.35%, 10bp inside initial guidance of 5.45% area. The bonds are unrated. Proceeds will be used for refinancing and general corporate purposes. Nanjing Jiangning Economic and Technological Development Group Corporation Limited has provided a keepwell.

New Bonds Pipeline

  • JBIC hires for $ 5Y Green bond
  • Aozora Bank hires for $ 3Y Green bond


Rating Changes


Term of the Day

Leveraged Loan

A leveraged loan is a loan extended to a company that has short-term or long-term debt on its books and that has a poor credit rating. S&P classifies a loan as leveraged if the issuer’s credit rating is junk (BB+ or lower) or if the rating is investment grade (BBB- or higher) but has a spread >= Libor+125bp and is secured by a first or second lien.


Talking Heads

On UK Meltdown Raising Specter That Bond Market Vigilantes Are Returning

Craig Inches, head of rates and cash at Royal London Asset Management

“Markets have got a really good record of testing the authorities”… traders have a tendency “to try to push the political side to breaking point, to see who’s going to blink first”.

Gordon Shannon, portfolio manager at TwentyFour Asset Management

“What the bond markets and the currency market really hates is when you’ve got a budget deficit and you’ve got an untargeted expansion”

On ECB Rates Bets Show Traders Are Convinced of Second Jumbo Hike

Antoine Gaveau, Citigroup rates strategist

“It’s hard to argue against a 75bp hike at the October meeting”

On High-Grade Bonds Attracting Junk Buyers as Yields Hit 13-Year Peak

Oleg Melentyev and Eric Yu, strategists at BofA

“High-yield investors should extend into investment grade as much as their mandates allow. A 5%-7% yield in credits largely agnostic to recessionary outcomes is not often seen.”

Oaktree Capital Management, Co-Portfolio Manager, Danielle Pol

“For a 5% yield with very safe underlying company fundamentals, it’s a good place to hold cash in our portfolio until we await better opportunities”

Bill Zox, a high-yield portfolio manager at Brandywine Global Investment Management

“Dedicated investment-grade managers are staying away from BBBs. That can result in low BBBs getting attractive compared to BBs”

On Buying US Treasuries to Prepare for 2023 Downturn –  Citi Strategist, Steven Wieting

“We have been adding US Treasuries, not because the yield is some incredibly high, beautiful, inflation-adjusted level, but it’s a defensive asset that’s going to work for a period when the economy turns”


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