Sovereigns - All Articles

  • Austria and Greece take €3.5bn each in hectic euro market

    A pair of sovereign borrowers hit the crowded euro bond market on Wednesday, pulling down a combined €7bn. Public sector issuance is showing no signs of slowing: Wednesday’s borrowers received huge orders.

    • 05.30 PM
  • Twists and turns of CEE central bank policy

    At this year’s Central & Eastern European Forum, Société Générale hosted the workshop titled ‘CEE central banks’ balance sheet expansion: a necessity or a risk?’. The speakers were Radoslaw Cholewinski (deputy head of fixed income at Pekao TFI), Martin Dolejs (portfolio manager, pension fund and insurance portfolios at Allianz), and Zoltan Aroksallasi (FX and rate strategist at Erste Bank), and I thank them for their insight, their knowledge, and their time. By Marek Drimal, EMEA Strategist, moderator of the workshop.

    • 02.00 PM
  • France’s green bond issuance to reach up to €15bn in 2021

    The Agence France Trésor (AFT), the French sovereign debt office, has announced that it will issue up to €15bn of green bonds this year, a sharp increase in supply from last year.

    • 26 Jan 2021
  • EU storms through SURE return as sovs line up in euro market

    The European Union wrapped up its first bond of 2021 under the Support to Mitigate Unemployment Risks in an Emergency (SURE) funding programme in style with a quick execution and another impressively sized order book.

    • 26 Jan 2021
  • SSA secondary pricing update: Brandenburg and EIB trade wider after pricing tight

    Trading levels given are bid-side spreads versus mid-swaps and/or an underlying benchmark and bid-yields from the close of business on Monday, January 25. The source for secondary trading levels is ICE Data Services.

    • 26 Jan 2021
  • BTPs pressured after Lagarde but borrowers unconcerned

    The European Central Bank meeting on January 21 did not strike a pleasing note for investors in eurozone government bonds, and spreads are still wider. But primary market participants seem unconcerned.

    • 25 Jan 2021
  • Investors put ECB commitment to the test

    European Central Bank president Christine Lagarde refused to be drawn into naming a specific spread target that the central bank will defend in a press conference on Thursday but investors may find out for themselves in the wake of the meeting. BTPs sold off sharply after Lagarde spoke, perhaps indicating that the central bank has not done enough to convince investors of its support.

    • 21 Jan 2021
  • France smashes 50 year as EU preps first SURE deal of 2021

    France stole the limelight in the euro public sector bond market this week as it set new records for 50 year benchmarks in terms of size, demand and yield. But next week all eyes will be firmly fixed on the EU, which is set to bring its first bond of the year under its Support to Mitigate Unemployment Risks in an Emergency (SURE) funding programme.

    • 21 Jan 2021
  • Italian bonds rally as government avoids snap election

    Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte won a vote of confidence in the country's senate last night, removing the immediate threat of the government he leads collapsing. Relieved investors flocked back to Italian assets in the aftermath but Italy’s political troubles are unlikely to be over.

    • 20 Jan 2021
  • France smashes order book record with new 50 year as long end rush extends

    France set a new order book record with its new 50 year syndicated bond on Tuesday. Two other public sector borrowers joined the sovereign at the long of the euro curve.

    • 19 Jan 2021
  • UK raises £6.5bn with first 2021 syndication

    The UK Debt Management Office launched a new 25 year line on Tuesday, raising £6.5bn. The DMO also published the minutes of its call with investors and Gilt-edged Market Makers on Monday, revealing strong appetite for inflation-linked products.

    • 19 Jan 2021
  • SSA secondary pricing update: Spain’s new 10 year stays wide of reoffer

    Trading levels given are bid-side spreads versus mid-swaps and/or an underlying benchmark and bid-yields from the close of business on Monday, January 18. The source for secondary trading levels is ICE Data Services.

    • 19 Jan 2021
  • France out for 50 year as sovs look long

    Spreads have moved away from their tightest levels, but issuers do not seem put off. France will extend the flood of long end deals with its first 50 year OAT syndication in almost five years on Tuesday.

    • 18 Jan 2021
  • Italy's Bund spread belies political crisis

    Italia Viva has withdrawn its ministers from the support of the Italian government, sparking a political crisis in the country. However, Italy’s sovereign bonds are trading within a comfortable range versus Bunds thanks to the support of the European Central Bank.

    • 15 Jan 2021
  • Germany after Merkel, US Treasuries under Biden

    This week in Keeping Tabs: a key weekend for Germany's future, and Biden's stimulus plan.

    • 15 Jan 2021
  • Blame the ECB for Spain's lost orders

    Few deals have ever had €75bn of orders. Spain managed to lose that much, but still have €55bn remaining in the book. This is the world the ECB’s purchase programmes have built.

    • 14 Jan 2021
  • People news in brief

    Natixis promotes DCM bankers — Powell quits IFAD job — NatWest Markets makes Peberdy, Donaldson and Manwaring's positions permanent

    • 14 Jan 2021
  • ¿El Clásico? Spain's big 10yr shocks after losing €75bn of orders

    A book of more than €55bn for a €10bn bond priced with a new issue premium of 1bp would be a gratifying outcome for any sovereign issuer. But Wednesday's syndication for Spain instead attracted robust criticism over price moves during bookbuilding which derailed what was on course to be the biggest order book in bond market history.

    • 14 Jan 2021
  • Spain loses over €75bn of orders after ‘shocking’ price move

    In a dramatic and unprecedented turn of events on Wednesday, Spain went from being on track to attract the biggest ever order book for a bond issue to losing more than half of its orders, as it slashed the spread of its new 10 year syndicated bond, leaving either a negative or very skinny new issue premium.

    • 14 Jan 2021
  • Spain targets €5bn-€8bn green debut in second half of 2021

    Spain is planning to issue its hotly anticipated inaugural green bond in the second half of the year through syndication in what will be the first step in the sovereign’s ambition to become a regular green issuer and build out a curve in the format.

    • 13 Jan 2021
  • World Bank to extend euro benchmark curve to 40 years in euro long end fever

    World Bank hired banks on Tuesday to lead a new 40 year euro sustainable development bond — the supranational’ s longest ever benchmark in the currency. The deal will be the latest example of public sector borrowers venturing longer in the euro market this year.

    • 12 Jan 2021
  • SSA secondary pricing update: EIB and KfW perform strongly following record euro order books

    Trading levels given are bid-side spreads versus mid-swaps and/or an underlying benchmark and bid-yields from the close of business on Monday, January 11. The source for secondary trading levels is ICE Data Services.

    • 12 Jan 2021
  • Spain set to make green bond debut in 2021

    The Spanish Treasury has announced its funding outlook for the year, including a commitment to launch a green bond programme.

    • 08 Jan 2021
  • UK appoints syndicate for new 25 year Gilt

    The UK Debt Management Office has chosen the banks to lead the sale of a new 25 year conventional Gilt via syndication, following support for this maturity by Gilt-edged Market Makers (GEMMs) and investors in a consultation at the end of November.

    • 08 Jan 2021
  • RBI encourages clients to issue/borrow in sustainable formats

    Raiffeisen Bank International’s clients are increasingly looking to achieve more sustainable, fairer and more transparent ways of doing business. In this context, RBI maintains a comprehensive dialogue with an ever-increasing pool of clients on sustainable finance, e.g. bonds, loans and Schuldscheine. We focus our attention not only on “green”, but also cover sustainability-linked instruments, a rapidly growing area in the sustainable finance universe.

    • 08 Jan 2021
  • People moves in brief

    Loynes extends syndicate responsibilities at Crédit Agricole — CS's equity sales head to join Citi — Flori starts at CEB funding team

    • 07 Jan 2021
  • JP Morgan’s Darrort off to Paris in post-Brexit relocation

    Amélie Darrort, co-head of the euro medium term note desk and head of French public sector debt capital markets at JP Morgan, will be relocating from London to Paris in the summer as part of a post-Brexit relocation, GlobalCapital understands.

    • 07 Jan 2021
  • Bolder central bank policies will be pitched as the cure to economic long Covid

    Cancelling debt, dual interest rates, helicopter money: if the recovery from the coronavirus crisis stalls in the developed world, we will see calls for more radical central bank action.

    • 05 Jan 2021
  • Land NRW sells biggest century bond as euro SSA market returns with a bang

    Public sector borrowers soaked up huge demand in the euro market on Tuesday including the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, which printed its biggest ever 100 year bond despite offering a yield of less than 1%.

    • 05 Jan 2021
  • Italy to enter green bond market in 2021

    Italy is at an advanced stage with its green bond framework with a highly anticipated debut deal in the format expected to arrive this year, according to the Italian Treasury.

    • 04 Jan 2021
  • SSAs storm back into euro market amid strong backdrop

    Public sector borrowers wasted no time in getting back to business in the euro market in 2021 with one live deal and four mandates all hitting screens on Monday as issuers look to take advantage of an almost full trading week and a supportive market to make a dent in their brand new funding programmes.

    • 04 Jan 2021