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A €5bn book for an inaugural, €750m RT1 from Ageas on 3 December showed the subordinated insurance sector to be in surprisingly fine fettle going into year-end, as a flurry of deals provided a welcome late encore to the ...

Ageas shows strong insurance bid into year-end

Market

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“Time for Action” has been the theme of COP25, but the omens were negative from the start, with unrest in host country Chile resulting in a late relocation to Madrid. The battle ahead was perhaps most aptly demonstrated ...

#TimeForAction

Editorial

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After a surprising 2019, what does the year ahead hold in store for euro credit markets, notably bank debt? Vincent Hoarau, head of FI syndicate at Crédit Agricole CIB, suggests that geopolitical developments hold risks for ...

Complacency a key risk to primary in 2020

From CACIB

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La Banque Postale achieved one of the lowest ever coupons on a euro AT1 with its debut issue on 13 November, a €750m perpetual non-call seven that attracted a peak €3.5bn of demand, but also demonstrated the price ...

La Banque Postale in €750m AT1 milestone

Market

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Fitch’s ratings of Tier 2 debt could be cut by one notch under proposed new rating criteria released in a report on 15 November, although AT1 instruments could be lifted one notch. ...

Tier 2 under threat from Fitch draft, AT1 set for boost

Regulation & ratings

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After becoming the first European insurance company to publish a green bond framework in June, CNP Assurances on 20 November attracted close to €2bn of demand to a €750m long 30NC10 Tier 2 issue and achieved its lowest ...

CNP Assurances: Responsible investment ‘showcase’ excites

Q&As

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Australia & New Zealand Banking Group sold the first SDG-linked Tier 2 bond in euros on 15 November in a step towards achieving ALAC requirements and a A$50bn sustainability target. Simon Reid, director, group funding, ...

ANZ moves towards dual targets with SDG T2

Q&As

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Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (SMFG) was able to achieve an attractive size and price when it issued a €1.25bn 10 year senior HoldCo benchmark on 15 October, raising funding some 20bp inside what was available in US ...

SMFG happy with size, price on €1.25bn 10s

Market

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Banks could substantially cut cost of carry when refinancing AT1s by using a “six month par call” feature introduced in a £600m Nationwide Building Society deal in September that increases issuers’ flexibility. ...

Nationwide ‘six month par call’ promises savings

Market

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Some 16 insurance trades hit the market between the post-summer reopening and mid-October, providing for the sector’s busiest period of 2019, as the depressed rate environment enabled companies to raise subordinated debt ...

Depressed rates a twin spur to insurance issuance

Market

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UBI Banca made a swift return to the senior non-preferred sector on 14 October, taking advantage of a strong market to sell a €500m long five year benchmark almost 100bp inside where it sold a five year in June. Giorgio ...

UBI Banca caps year with strong SNP return

Q&As

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Rabobank sold its first green senior non-preferred bond on 22 October, a €750m seven year priced some 3bp through fair value, with the deal’s impressive outcome attributed largely to its green nature. The Dutch ...

Rabobank green SNP debut impresses on price

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