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Innovation Through Electronic Trading – The Desk

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An exciting development we’ve seen in recent years is that modern bond desks are broadening their list of liquidity providers and connecting to a wider range of counterparties. This has two major effects: it means that fixed income traders are able to tailor their execution methods, and in many cases it can reduce costs by eliminating fees from intermediaries. By connecting to multiple liquidity providers, fixed income traders are able to take advantage of each counterparty’s individual strengths alongside the broad base of liquidity from larger institutions.

Gensler Turns Spotlight on How Hard it Can Be to Get Bond Prices – Bloomberg 

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Gensler, who testified Tuesday before the Senate Banking Committee, said in prepared remarks released beforehand that he wants to “bring greater efficiency and transparency” to the trading of corporate bonds, municipal bonds and mortgage-backed securities. He offered little detail on what new rules might look like.

‘Crazy’ August Debt Binge Brings 48 Corporate Deals in 48 Hours – Moneyweb

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Thirty investment-grade rated borrowers priced new deals on Monday and Tuesday, the most for any two-day period since last September, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. In junk bond land, 11 issuers marketed bonds, while at least six launched leveraged loan sales, according to the Bloomberg-compiled data. Taken together, the market absorbed almost 48 transactions in the first two days of the week.

What is Swing Pricing? – Brookings 

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Shareholders in an open-end bond fund expect (and receive in many cases) to be able to sell their shares much more easily and quickly than if they held bonds directly. When he was governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney said, “These funds are built on a lie, which is that you can have daily liquidity, and that for assets that fundamentally aren’t liquid.”

Fed Holds Rates Near Zero, Says Economy Has Gotten Better Even With Pandemic Worries – CNBC

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On the broader economy, the Fed has kept its foot to the accelerator despite some of the fastest post-World War II growth the U.S. has ever seen. Second-quarter GDP numbers are out Thursday, with the Dow Jones estimate at 8.4% annualized growth for the April-to-June period. That would be the fastest pace since early 1983, not counting last year’s outsized Q3 growth as the economy reopened from the pandemic shutdown.

‘Forceful for Longer’: Investors Bet ECB Bond Buying is Here to Stay – FT 

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Most investors expect Lagarde to indicate the ECB will beef up its bond-buying plans beyond the end of its €1.85tn pandemic emergency purchase programme (PEPP) next year, and be more patient before it raises interest rates. But they are unsure exactly how aggressive the new guidance will be and what difference it will make.