Structured Issuance Quells Nikkei Vol

Strong flows of options-based equity investment products in Japan have dampened implied volatility on the Nikkei.

  • 13 Oct 2006
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Strong flows of options-based equity investment products in Japan have dampened implied volatility on the Nikkei.

According to estimates by Citigroup, USD2 billion-worth of structured investment products were issued in September, approximately double an average month. The weight of this issuance dragged two-year Nikkei implied vol to 16.5% last month from 19%. It has also prompted a spate of variance swap trading to play on Japanese equity volatility versus the Standard & Poor's 500 and Euro STOXX 50. Strategists at the firm noted it is an attractive carry trade, as Euro STOXX and S&P variance are expensive in comparison with Nikkei.

The compression of Japanese implied vols is also tipped to continue. If the Nikkei reaches 17,000--it was about 16,400 as DW went to press Thursday--this could trigger another spate of structured issuance, as it is a call level for a chunk of equity investment products. Citi estimates December might see this bumper crop of issuance again affect Nikkei implied volatility levels.

  • 13 Oct 2006

All International Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • 16 Jan 2017
1 Citi 22,118.13 61 9.00%
2 Barclays 20,987.41 55 8.54%
3 JPMorgan 17,406.75 53 7.08%
4 HSBC 16,333.52 48 6.64%
5 Goldman Sachs 15,454.74 49 6.29%

Bookrunners of All Syndicated Loans EMEA

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • 17 Jan 2017
1 Commerzbank Group 114.00 1 66.16%
2 CaixaBank 37.05 1 21.50%
3 UniCredit 10.62 1 6.17%
3 BNP Paribas 10.62 1 6.17%
Subtotal 172.30 3 100.00%

Bookrunners of all EMEA ECM Issuance

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • 17 Jan 2017
1 SG Corporate & Investment Banking 770.06 2 16.80%
2 Goldman Sachs 656.16 2 14.32%
3 JPMorgan 527.28 4 11.50%
4 Emirates NBD PJSC 408.38 1 8.91%
5 Deutsche Bank 321.53 3 7.01%