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Primary debt 2013: Methodology

Funding officials at borrowers in the global debt capital markets are asked to rate their top-three preferred banks in one of three categories: services to clients, major currency sectors, and by product type.

Four points are awarded for the first choice in each category, three points for the second place and two points for third place. The overall score is then the total of these scores. The overall, global table is calculated by taking the sum of all the individual service, currency and product category scores.

Funding officials at any borrower in the markets can vote. We only accept one vote per firm per category. If we receive more than one vote from a firm in a category, in the first instance we will contact the respondents from that firm to amalgamate their votes. If this is not possible, the most senior person’s vote will count. Last year we received 205 valid responses.

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact Tim Moxon, head of research, at

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