Mindless IPT premiums – knock it off

Picture this common practice found across the bond markets: a deal comes with initial price thoughts well wide of fair value, and investors know with complete certainty that it will get dragged in until it lands near where it should have started in the first place. Now, some issuers are calling on their peers to stop the charade. It’s about time.

  • By Mike Turner
  • 11 Apr 2019


A spread move of 25bp during execution in the FIG and corporate markets is commonplace. Champions of the strategy say that starting wide is a good way of drumming up interest and getting momentum in the book. Everyone loves seeing a fat list of orders on their deal, ...

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