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 JPMorgan 92,309.23 455 5.83%
2 Citi 84,221.83 431 5.32%
3 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 81,574.39 418 5.15%
4 Barclays 72,658.86 310 4.59%
5 Goldman Sachs 60,437.05 294 3.81%

Bookrunners of Euro Denominated Corporate IG Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 Barclays 20,742.43 55 8.42%
2 BNP Paribas 16,618.78 95 6.75%
3 SG Corporate & Investment Banking 15,444.68 68 6.27%
4 Deutsche Bank 15,422.56 75 6.26%
5 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 14,210.20 46 5.77%

Bookrunners of European HY Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount €m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 Citi 4,728.01 24 9.17%
2 JPMorgan 3,649.83 29 7.08%
3 Deutsche Bank 3,638.27 22 7.05%
4 Barclays 3,441.80 22 6.67%
5 Goldman Sachs 3,389.62 26 6.57%

Bookrunners of Dollar Denominated HY Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 Citi 18,847.11 143 9.43%
2 JPMorgan 18,279.02 147 9.15%
3 Goldman Sachs 14,831.56 109 7.42%
4 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 14,255.85 117 7.13%
5 Morgan Stanley 12,912.93 86 6.46%

Bookrunners of European Corporate IG Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 BNP Paribas 16,729.40 94 5.72%
2 SG Corporate & Investment Banking 15,447.25 71 5.28%
3 Barclays 15,378.47 64 5.26%
4 JPMorgan 15,122.46 66 5.17%
5 Citi 14,679.43 68 5.02%