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JPMorgan Worries About BBB Firm Falling Into Junk Category – ThinkAdvisor

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“More than half of BBB companies in the U.S. and Europe look more like high yield than high grade” based on their leverage multiples, strategists including Nikolaos Panigirtzoglou wrote in a note to clients. “This suggests that the downgrade and fallen angel risks look pretty elevated at the moment.”

Call for Regulatory Reform of Primary Markets – The Desk

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“There is little or no transparency on how allocations are derived. Regulators have been focused on best execution, but they should have also looked at the transparency of the allocation process because it is not clear, fair or efficient,” said Cathy Gibson, head of fixed income trading at Royal London Asset Management.

Evolution of the BuySide Fixed Income EMS – GreySpark

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This article – which is the first of a series of three produced by GreySpark Partners analyst Willis Bruckermann on behalf of AxeTrading – examines how buyside fixed income market participants are, in 2018, approaching a sink-or-swim moment in their embrace of e-trading capabilities and, consequently, succeeding or failing to develop an ability to survive in an increasingly competitive landscape.

Tradeweb IPO Being Considered, Says Owner – Financial News

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“The IPO discussion is an option. We haven’t committed to it but it certainly is an option. The governance of Tradeweb was designed seven years ago with banks who at the time [were] all very active in fixed income. It wouldn’t be breaking any top secrets to say that they’re not all as involved in fixed income as they used to be.”

Uber Borrows $2 Billion in Debut Bond Sale – WSJ

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Uber Technologies Inc. sold its first-ever bonds late Wednesday, issuing $2 billion of debt to fund operations as it prepares for an initial public stock offering expected next year. The deal attracted enough interest from investors for underwriter Morgan Stanley to increase the size of the offering from an initial proposal of $1.5 billion.