WAGES IN THE UK GREW AT A FASTER RATE THAN ANTICIPATED in April despite hiring slowing as the unemployment rate remains at a 44-year low. Earnings including bonuses, increased by 3.1 percentbetween the months of February and April. Britain’s labor market has remained resilient since the nation voted to leave the EU in June 2016. The construction industry reports having a third less work than one year prior as “the collapse of two large high-profile contractors” hinders subcontractor pipelines. “Brexit, the dominance of large contractors and late payment problems are all acting as brakes on the sector.” ADI (Advantage Data Inc.) extensive corporate-bond index data showed a net daily yield increment for high-grade versus high-yield constituents. High-
|Country||Maturity (Y)||Yield (%)||Previous (%)||Spread (bp)|
Credit-Default Swap Market
|New Issues||New Issues [Continued]|
1. JP Morgan Chase Bank NA (USD) 0% 6/20/2049 (06/10/2019):70MM Senior Unsecured Notes, Price at Issuance 100, Yielding 0%.
2. NatWest Markets PLC (EUR) FLT% 6/18/2021 (06/11/2019):1250MM Senior Unsecured Notes.
|iShares Core EUR UCITS||iShares Euro High Yield UCITS|
|NAV as of 06/11/2019, 132.73||NAV as of 06/11/2019, 103.84|
|Daily NAV Change (%) +0.11%||Daily NAV Change (%) +0.14%|
OVERALL EUROPEAN CREDIT MARKET:
The euro-zone economy shows signs of positive momentum, although conditions are expected to deteriorate hindered by the termination of quantitative easing, weakening credit rating quality, and uncertainty regarding the outcome of Brexit. Closely watched indicators and rates:
- Eurostat's unemployment rate: currently 7.7% (seasonally adjusted, March 2019)
- Eurostat's quarterly GDP: 0.4% (2019 Q1)
- 6-month Euribor: current value -0.258%, as of 06/10/2019
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