Glasgow Firm To Add International Govies

  • 28 Jan 2001
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Murray Johnstone International is adding Japanese and euro-denominated government bonds on the view that the economic slowdown in the U.S. has not been fully discounted, and that these bond yields will reach their 1998 lows. "There is still a strong correlation between global bond markets, so as the U.S. yields drop it will take the other country's yields lower as well," says Rod Davidson, who manages $750 million in taxable fixed income. Davidson will bring his Japanese government bonds to neutral from 4% underweight, and will add 8% to his European government paper by selling his sterling-denominated long bonds because he considers them too rich, with the U.K. currency overvalued versus the euro. On the view that yields will be dropping all along the curve, he has been adding duration, recently purchasing the German 6.5% of '27 Bunds.

Although there will be some steepening in the front of the yield curve, Davidson predicts the long end will flatten as inflation in Europe drops to 1.5-2%. Steady growth in Europe, with an average gross domestic product of 2.5% this year, will also help bring the yields down, says Davidson. The international bond fund is divided between Europe, Japan and ex-European countries such as the U.K., Denmark, Norway and Finland, as well as Australia. Benchmarked against the Salomon Smith Barney Global ex-U.S. index, the firm is marginally long its duration at 5.6 years.

  • 28 Jan 2001

All International Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 Citi 242,385.66 930 8.17%
2 JPMorgan 224,331.47 1001 7.56%
3 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 216,781.07 727 7.31%
4 Barclays 185,859.78 675 6.27%
5 Goldman Sachs 160,296.83 522 5.40%

Bookrunners of All Syndicated Loans EMEA

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
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1 JPMorgan 32,522.19 61 6.53%
2 BNP Paribas 32,284.10 130 6.48%
3 UniCredit 26,992.47 123 5.42%
4 SG Corporate & Investment Banking 26,569.73 97 5.33%
5 Credit Agricole CIB 23,807.36 111 4.78%

Bookrunners of all EMEA ECM Issuance

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 Goldman Sachs 10,167.68 46 8.79%
2 JPMorgan 9,894.90 42 8.55%
3 Citi 8,202.25 45 7.09%
4 UBS 6,098.17 23 5.27%
5 Credit Suisse 5,236.02 28 4.53%