Renewed Trade Tensions Trigger Risk-Off in Bonds

Renewed trade tensions coupled with neutral commentary from the Fed Chair, after the FOMC cut interest rates by 25 basis points, triggered a move towards safer assets globally in the early days of August. US President Trump imposed tariffs on an additional US$ 300...

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Fed Certainly Uncertain – Cuts Rates by 25bps

The U.S. Federal Reserve cut interest rates for the first time in more than a decade on Wednesday 31 July, citing “implications of global developments for the economic outlook as well as muted inflation pressures”. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said the cut was to...

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Transition Bonds – Helping Polluters Turn Green

As a supplement to our 16th July article on Green Bonds, we introduce a relatively new concept that's fast gaining traction in the 'green' credit field - transition bonds. What are transition bonds and who issues them? A new class of bonds, transition bonds, are aimed...

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Green Bonds – Everything You Need to Know

What are green bonds? Green bonds are different from conventional bonds in their use of proceeds - they are to be exclusively used towards financing or re-financing ‘green’ projects, such as to develop renewable energy technologies or to mitigate climate changes. In...

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Dovish Central Banks Drive Up Demand for HY Bonds

While the month of May saw bond investors flock to safer assets amid trade tensions, June was characterized by a return to riskier assets on the back of a dovish stance by major central banks. The Fed signaled a possibility of a rate cut during the FOMC meeting on...

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Market Predicts 100% Chance of a Rate Cut in July

Despite the Federal Open Market Committee voting 9-1 to keep the benchmark interest rate in a target range between 2.25 and 2.5%, traders in the fed funds futures markets came in with big bets on the Federal Reserve cutting interest rates aggressively in the months...

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