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August 2015’s Top High-Grade Bond Issuers

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August recap: Deals overview

US corporates were the highest issuers of high-grade bonds in August 2015, making up 35.4% of all issues. Yankee bond issuers came in second with issuance worth $17.1 billion, or 26.9% of total issuance. Meanwhile, US financials accounted for 22.3% of all issues.

The month ended August 2015 brought the year-to-date issuance volume of corporate high-grade bonds to $1.095 trillion.

Issuance by high-grade corporates was part of the Vanguard Total Bond Market Index Inv (VBMFX). Treasuries—the other high-grade bond category—are tracked by mutual funds like the PIMCO Total Return A (PTTAX).

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Top issuers in August 2015

  • Celgene Corporation (CELG) issued bonds worth $8.0 billion on August 3. It’s a global biopharmaceutical company that focuses on the discovery, development, and commercialization of products for the treatment of cancer and other severe, immune, inflammatory conditions.
  • HSBC USA (HSBC), through its subsidiaries, provides commercial and consumer banking services. It issued bonds worth $2.7 billion on August 4, making it the second-highest issuer of high-grade bonds.
  • ING Bank NV (ING) issued bonds worth $2.5 billion on August 10. ING is a global financial institution offering banking services to individuals, families, small businesses, large corporations, institutions, and governments.
  • McGraw Hill Financial (MHFI) issued bonds worth $2.0 billion on August 13. McGraw Hill Financial is a leader in credit ratings, benchmarks, and analytics for the global capital and commodity markets.
  • BNP Paribas (BNPQY) issued bonds worth $1.5 billion on August 12. BNP Paribas is headquartered in Paris. It provides commercial and retail banking services to its clients. It has a network of 150 business centers in 23 European countries.

In the next part of this series, we’ll look at investment-grade bond fund flows.

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