The People''s Republic of China looks set to re-enter the international bond markets in November with a new dollar benchmark via Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan and Morgan Stanley Dean Witter.
Morgan Stanley catches its competitors off guard with the launch and closure of an equity linked deal for PCCW.
Thai investors are in love with domestic corporate bonds at the moment - despite the questionable security of many issues.
The resurgent appeal of the Samurai bond market for Asian borrowers appears to have ended as abruptly as it began, with the autumn pipeline succumbing to the allure of the loan markets.
Answer: when it comes from the Republic of the Philippines.
As FinanceAsia''s recent Taiwanese Debt Conference shows, there are some structural problems in Taiwan''s local market.
Expectations that Thailand''s relaxation of tier 2 capital requirements will lead to a flood of international debt issues has been dismissed by bank capital experts, who predict activity will be dominated by buybacks and exchanges.
Industrial Bank of Korea has raised $200 million via a syndicated loan.
China''s bond markets are huge but illiquid, yet a more vibrant interbank market could release some of the potential.
Chase Manhattan has been appointed one of the two lead arrangers for a HK$3.3 billion loan for Hong Kong''s Disney theme park. HSBC is rumoured to be the other lead arranger.
The Vietnam government''s recent dong bond issue, listed on the country''s new stock exchange, isn''t seeing much trade - it might have something to do with the yield.
Pohang Iron & Steel (Posco) has returned to the Yen markets for the second time in three months, pricing a Y35 billion Samurai up to 25bp inside its outstanding dollar levels.
United World Chinese Commercial Bank has become the first Taiwanese entity to issue debt in Hong Kong, raising HK$300 million through a 3 year floating rate certificates of deposit.
Asiabondportal launches its pilot trading platform as bond houses hedge their bets on which business model will succeed in transforming the fixed income world.
Jardine Matheson is issuing $550 million of bonds convertible into Chase Manhattan shares in order to part-finance a share buyback.