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  • Schuldscheine: die or defer

    Schuldscheine: die or defer

    The Schuldschein market must adapt if it wants to win back its international borrower base. While competing with public bonds on price may be out of reach, the instrument can take a leaf out of the US private placement’s book and introduce deferred funding.

  • Yo-yo books: the end justifies the means

    Yo-yo books: the end justifies the means

    Italy lost €45bn of orders from its 10 year bond issue this week when it tightened the spread to 4bp inside initial price thoughts. It was a close echo of when investors pulled €75bn of bids for Spain’s 10 year in January.

  • Post-Covid extremes are not inevitable

    Post-Covid extremes are not inevitable

    Two factors bear outsized influence on capital markets — Covid-19 and central bank stimulus. But the temptation to see these powerful forces culminating in one of two extreme outcomes — another crash as a feeble economy flounders, or a boom like the 1920s US — must be resisted.

  • Cancel culture: should govvies held by central bank be torn up?

    Cancel culture: should govvies held by central bank be torn up?

    Thomas Piketty and 100 other economists from across Europe put their signatures to an op-ed this week calling for the ECB to cancel its holdings of government debt. GlobalCapital debates whether it is radical but wise policy making, or would make matters worse still.

  • Brave Draghi

    Brave Draghi

    If he can form a government that holds the demons of Italian politics at bay long enough to drag his country through the coronavirus pandemic, then Mario Draghi will have earned his laurels. But in Rome, glory has always been fleeting.

  • Social RMBS, and not before time

    Social RMBS, and not before time

    Kensington is marketing the first ever RMBS 'social bond', which could mean investors accepting a lower spread for their mortgage bonds thanks to the label. But Kensington’s lending approach will be little changed by the new issue, raising the question of what the new issue changes.

  • Long attacks are here to stay

    Long attacks are here to stay

    Andrea Orcel, the new CEO of UniCredit, may be annoyed to be upstaged by Avalon Penrose, an actor whose hilarious and heart-tugging Twitter video about the GameStop share maelstrom has captured the insanity of stock markets. But these are the frothy markets we live in now.

  • What price bonds in the Biden era?

    What price bonds in the Biden era?

    A new era has begun in the US, with the swearing in of Joe Biden as president. For America and the rest of the world it is a sea change in leadership style and political substance.

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