Volatility Hits European Bond Sales as Year Gets Under Way

By Kate Allen

European debt markets have got off to a slower start than last year’s record-breaking boom as nations, banks and companies adjust to investors’ demands for greater incentives to compensate for the more volatile market conditions.

Issuers in Europe sold $125bn of bonds in a number of currencies in the first 10 days of 2019, according to figures from data provider Refinitiv — down from $206bn in the same period last year, and the lowest level since 2016.

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