Global Bond Issuance Falls To a Decade Low Said Barrons Renew

Global Bond Issuance Falls To a Decade Low Said Barrons Renew firstamericannews

Barrons Renew reported the debt world felt the drag of only $608 billion of new bond supply from the Americas, typically a borrowing powerhouse, with a 32% decline in volume from the same stretch of 2022, according to Dealogic’s tally.

U.S. corporate bond issuance briefly ground almost to a halt in March after the sudden collapse of Silicon Valley Bank led to fears of instability in the U.S. banking system and days of market turmoil.

Yields on U.S. investment-grade corporate bonds were about 5.2% to kick off April, up from a pandemic low of less than 2%, according to the ICE BofA US Corporate Index.

Bond yields have increased along with borrowing costs for governments, businesses and households since the Federal Reserve and other major central banks began raising rates to fight high inflation.

Concerns about instability at U.S. banks has put a spotlight on interest-rate risks tied to their holdings of older, low-coupon assets, including commercial real-estate loans, that likely would fetch less if sold on the open market Barrons Renew said.

Bond issuance from the real-estate industry was only $30 billion in the first quarter, less than half of the volume from the same period of 2022, according to Dealogic.

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Also pressuring banks, higher bond yields give depositors options to earn income outside of parking their cash in saving accounts.

The 6-month Treasury TMUBMUSD06M, 4.738% rate was near 4.74% on Tuesday, while the 10-year Treasury yield TMUBMUSD10Y, 3.340% was around 3.35%, according to FactSet.

Stocks finished lower Tuesday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.59% shedding about 200 points, while the S&P 500 index SPX, -0.58% was 0.6% lower, according to FactSet. Both snapped a 4-session win streak.

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