Debt capital market falls

ASIA-PACIFIC debt capital market activity fell 8 per cent in 2001 to $US336.4 billion, with Australia accounting for 11 per cent of debt raised.

Fund raising from syndicated loans and bonds slumped 16 per cent to $US136.3 billion, while bond issuance rose to US$52.3 billion against almost $US50 billion in 2000, according to a Thomson Financial report.

Thomson Financial found that Macquarie Bank was pushed out as Australia’s lead top manager in the Australian bond market by Dutch giant ABN Amro. ABN Amro accounted for $A4.4 billion of the total business, while improving its market share by 32 per cent. National Australia Bank was the strongest domestic bank in the Australian bond market, cornering $A10.2 billion of credit from 23 transactions and climbed to number two position from 10th in 2000. Deutsche Bank fell back to third spot from second spot in 2000.

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