Wall-to-wall financials as Wachovia, Citi, Household, MetLife sell $13bn of bonds

22 Jul 2004

The US bond market?s dominance by financial sector issuers this year reached extraordinary proportions this week, when virtually all the $13bn of domestic high grade bond issues came from banks, insurers or finance companies of some description.

Wachovia, the bank holding company, raised $5bn; Citigroup jumped in with a $1bn five year global; Household brought a $700m floater and others like MetLife, Allstate, KeyCorp and the UK?s Nationwide Building Society joined the roster.

More surprisingly, investors bought their bonds with such gusto ...

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