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If its second half maintains the pace set to date, 2017 may be a landmark year for bank and insurance capital issuance, with investors showing an appetite for a wide range of credits and willing to go down the credit curve in search of yield.

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by Henrik Raber, Global Head, Capital Markets, Standard Chartered

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Henrik Raber

Global Head, Capital Markets,
Standard Chartered

Financial Institutions have responded with a stream of opportunistic and strategic issues, taking advantage of conducive market conditions. In April, total global issuance volume stood at $11.7 billion, with Europe and Asia accounting for $10.4 billion, taking the year to date total to just over $75.5 billion.

The first sign of a sea-change in sentiment among investors was seen in January, when pan-Asian insurer FWD Group’s USD-denominated deal was greeted with very high levels of enthusiasm, showing that markets were on a risk-on mode.


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