POUND STERLING PLUMMETS for the ninth consecutive day following the collapse of Brexit talks between the two majority parties. Jeremy Corbyn, Labour leader stated talks have “gone as far as they can” in addition, “We have been unable to bridge important policy gaps between us”. European auto sales slumped for the eighth consecutive month falling by 0.4 percent in April year-over-year. The Bank of England is ramping up preparations for a no-deal Brexit, analyzing everything from traffic jams to shopping patterns. 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. KKR Group Finance Co. V (EUR) 1.625% 5/22/2029 Reg S (05/16/2019): 650MM Senior Unsecured Notes, Price at Issuance 99.543, Yielding 1.67%.
2. Rentokil Initial PLC (EUR) 0.875% 5/30/2026 (05/16/2019): 500MM Senior Unsecured Notes, Price at Issuance 99.723, Yielding .916%.
|iShares Core EUR UCITS||iShares Euro High Yield UCITS|
|NAV as of 05/17/2019, 131.93||NAV as of 05/17/2019, 103.52|
|Daily NAV Change (%) +0.02%||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 Preliminary)
- 6-month Euribor: current value -0.237%, as of 05/16/2019
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