Asia bonds on target for a blowout year

Despite falling debt capital market fees, bankers say that Asia’s bond markets are still on track to break last year’s record volume.
Asian bond bonanza expected for 2014
Asian bond bonanza expected for 2014

Asia’s debt capital market bankers will continue to be busy for the rest of the year as the prospect of a rate hike draws closer and China continues its structural reforms.

Regional borrowers raised $130 billion from 231 deals in the dollar, euro and yen markets during the first seven months of the year, a 31% increase from the same period in 2013 and just 12% short of last year’s record annual total of $148 billion, according to Dealogic data.

“We think that 2014 is going to be a ground-breaking year from a volume perspective,” said Paul Au, co-head of Asia DCM at UBS. “We are...

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