Asia G3 volumes could hit $50bn in Q2

The region’s G3 bond market saw a disappointing first quarter but issuers are expected to rush to raise funding before rates touch unfavourable levels.
Tensions between Russia and Ukraine hurt sentiment.
Tensions between Russia and Ukraine hurt sentiment.

The Asia ex-Japan G3 bond market saw a substandard first quarter but volumes are likely to rebound to as much as $50 billion in the second quarter as borrowers’ sense of urgency to raise funding heightens amid a rising interest rate environment.

Volumes in the Asia ex-Japan G3 bond market denominated bonds touched $41 billion in the first quarter, 22% lower than 2013’s $50 billion during the same period, according to Dealogic. China and South Korea accounted for a large portion of the deals that came to market in the first three months, accounting for a share of 31.9% and 24.5% respectively.

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