Opinion: Asian local bonds have had a stellar start — but what next?

It has been a barnstorming start to the year for Asia’s local currency bond markets. But the risk of foreign investors dumping their holdings puts the performance of Asian local markets into doubt for the rest of the year.

  • 02 May 2012

Banks and companies have already sold $195.8bn of local currency bonds in Asia ex-Japan so far this year, according to data from Dealogic (excluding auctions, money market transactions, and some other deals). That is a 44.28% jump from the $135.7bn sold over the same period last year.

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All Corporate Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 111,920.15 472 6.00%
2 JPMorgan 109,521.31 494 5.87%
3 Citi 87,892.80 469 4.71%
4 Barclays 76,951.08 312 4.12%
5 Goldman Sachs 74,351.23 293 3.98%

Bookrunners of Euro Denominated Corporate IG Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 BNP Paribas 24,290.52 109 8.78%
2 Deutsche Bank 20,556.46 75 7.43%
3 SG Corporate & Investment Banking 19,141.02 90 6.92%
4 UniCredit 15,521.61 71 5.61%
5 HSBC 14,553.77 82 5.26%

Bookrunners of European HY Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount €m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 Goldman Sachs 5,048.40 37 7.53%
2 BNP Paribas 4,834.62 56 7.21%
3 Deutsche Bank 4,245.09 42 6.33%
4 JPMorgan 3,756.57 41 5.60%
5 Credit Suisse 3,672.86 39 5.48%

Bookrunners of Dollar Denominated HY Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 JPMorgan 19,149.85 147 10.24%
2 Goldman Sachs 14,216.06 100 7.60%
3 Credit Suisse 13,243.20 94 7.08%
4 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 12,775.52 117 6.83%
5 Citi 12,347.90 105 6.60%

Bookrunners of European Corporate IG Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 HSBC 25,998.97 110 6.16%
2 BNP Paribas 24,502.49 106 5.81%
3 Barclays 24,303.18 86 5.76%
4 Deutsche Bank 22,812.36 93 5.41%
5 Citi 21,968.90 89 5.21%