Bond issuance nears $2 trillion

Total global bond issuance for the first half of 2007 was up 13% year-on-year to $1.8 trillion, according to data released yesterday.

The second quarter was down slightly on Q1, falling from $937 billion to $877 billion, according to the data from the International Capital Markets Association.

Total market size in outstanding international bonds now stands at over $11 trillion, just under half of which is denominated in euros and some $4 trillion in dollars.

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Stemming the tide of rising FX settlement risk

As the trading of emerging markets currencies gathers pace and broader uncertainty sweeps across financial markets, CLS is exploring alternative services designed to mitigate settlement risk for the FX market

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