Australia’s Top Pension Fund Sees New Bond Rally Helped by QE

Australia Nearing its First Quantitative Easing, Believes Australia’s Largest Pension Fund Source: Bloomberg Australia’s largest pension fund is positioning for another leg higher in sovereign bonds as the Reserve Bank of Australia gets closer to unleashing quantitative easing for the first time. The central bank may begin buying the country’s debt as soon as next…

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The Bond-Market Panic That Wasn’t

In contrast to previous years, 2019 has resulted in a big rally in BBB corporates, resulting in falling yields and strong total returns Source: Barron’s It was a popular narrative in the capital markets in 2018. The swarm of corporate bonds with the lowest investment-grade rating supposedly were on the precipice of a descent into…

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Italy Debt Chief Says Foreign Funds Returning to Nation’s Debt

Foreign Investors Return to Italian Bond Market as the Country’s Risk Premium Reduces Further from Last Year’s Highs Source: Bloomberg Italy is attracting foreign investors to buy its bonds as the new government’s more conciliatory stance toward the European Union on budget issues should reduce the country’s risk premium further, the head of the country’s…

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How bonds became stocks and stocks became bonds

Accurate systematic bond pricing becomes the key in solving volatility in bond prices due to stock-like trading Source: Financial Times Bonds have become the new equities, say fund managers, stirring concerns that dangers are lurking in the supposedly safest corners of financial markets. Historically, investors have for the most part bought government bonds for their…

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Index numbers drop but fixed income and ESG show growth

Fixed Income asset class increased the most while global index numbers fall in the third Index Industry Association (IIA) global index survey Source: ETF Express The Index Industry Association (IIA) has announced the results of its third annual global index survey, revealing that the number of indexes globally has decreased year on year by 20…

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ESG bond issuance jumps by 11 times in 3 years

Higher Demand in ESG Bonds has Caused it Issuance to Jump 11x in 3 years Source: Korea Times The issuance of ESG bonds here has surged this year, as a growing number of entities, ranging from state-run firms to banks, have joined the trend to invest in environmental and social initiatives. ESG bonds refer to…

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Overbond Launches AI Sandbox For Building Fast Prototypes

COBI Sandbox exposes structured data and Overbond COBI AI models for clients to freely test most valuable business use cases without committing capital to full deployment Source: Overbond Montreal, Toronto and New York – September 30 2019 – Overbond Ltd., fixed income capital markets fintech for AI predictive analytics, has announced the launch of COBITM…

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PayPal Borrows $5 Billion in Debut Bond Deal as Market Reignites

PayPal Borrows $5 Billion in Debut Bond Deal as the Blistering Pace of Issuance Continues Source: Bloomberg PayPal Holdings Inc. kicked off its debut bond offering as the investment-grade market reignited. The digital payments company sold $5 billion of senior unsecured bonds in four parts. The longest portion of the offering, a 10-year security, will…

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