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EU debt markets: High-yield dominates corporate market

High-grade issuance the talk of the year in Europe and US; leveraged loan volumes set to break records.

With high-grade issuance still subdued, the past 12 months in the corporate markets have been all about high yield. Issuance in Europe has doubled this year and high yield has been the talk of the year in the region much as it has been in the US. According to S&P LCD leveraged loan volume soared 205% in 2010 – the biggest year-on-year increase on record – to $234 billion and institutional volume totalled $159 billion – up 312% from 2009’s eight-year low of $39 billion.

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