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Markit Recap – 7/17/2017

Senior Financials dips below 50bps Few would question the supportive role Mario Draghi has played over the last six years. Under his presidency, the ECB quickly reversed the ill-advised rate hikes in 2011 and subsequently loosened policy – the refinancing rate has been at or close to zero since 2014....

Markit Recap – 7/3/2017

Senior Financials trading tighter than Corporates The fate of corporates and the banks that serve them is intertwined; that much is clear from the past decade. But though the correlation is close, it’s certainly not one-to-one. ...

Markit Recap – 6/26/2017

Italian bank sub paper now worthless We noted last week that investors need to be aware of idiosyncratic risk and not be lulled into complacency by the languid market conditions. Monetary policy surprises were also highlighted as potential events that could disrupt the somnolent summer....

Markit Recap – 6/19/2017

Noble Group clings on A year ago this week, the credit markets were digesting the shock of a ‘leave’ vote in the Brexit referendum. What followed was a period of extreme volatility and it seemed that 2017 was set for more of the same....

Markit Recap – 6/5/2017

Banco Popular Senior and Sub move in opposite directions The CoCo market received all the plaudits following Banco Popular’s enforced “rescue” by Santander yesterday. But another, more established financial instrument will also be tested by the Spanish bank’s resolution. A question was put to the ISDA Determinations Committee yesterday, asking if a restructuring/governmental intervention has...

Markit Recap – 5/29/2017

Italian banks give up gains We posited after the French election that Italy was now the most likely country to trigger a material bout of political risk. Italy, of course, is no stranger to instability, having had 42 prime ministers since World War II. But it didn’t have an election scheduled for this year, with

Markit Recap – 5/8/2017

2017 was widely touted to be the year of volatility. The UK government started the fraught process of leaving the EU, while the Dutch and French elections were scheduled with populist far-right parties riding high in the polls. But here we are, in the middle of Q2 and volatility is at rock bottom. The Markit

Markit Recap – 4/24/2017

It seemed like Europe breathed a collective sigh of relief after the prospect of a far-right presidency in France receded. The centrist Emmanuel Macron secured victory in the first-round of the French presidential election on April 23, beating National Front leader Marine le Pen into second place. The two will now face each other in

Markit Recap – 4/3/2017

Many names have a certain kind of notoriety in the CDS market. TXU, Hellenic Republic and more recently iHeart – all posed significant challenges to the efficacy of the CDS product.

Another prime example is Novo Banco. The Portuguese name was created as a "good bank" in the restructuring of Banco Espirito Santo in August 2014. This was immediately prior to the introduction of the ISDA 2014 definitions in September of that year. The good bank/bad bank split highlighted some of the flaws in the 2003 definitions: namely senior debt restructurings triggering subordinated CDS and ambiguity around state bail-out of financials...

Markit Recap – 3/13/2017

Its mid-March, spring is upon on us and the credit markets are rallying. A rate hike by the US Federal Reserve was greeted positively by the market thanks to a dovish tone struck by Janet Yellen and her colleagues.

Technical factors also played their part. Option expiry occurs on the third Wednesday of the month, and position covering no doubt contributed to the tightening in the indices...