S&P Global Ratings (S&P) stayed its hand on Australia's sovereign rating following the release of the Commonwealth's mid-year economic and fiscal outlook (MYEFO) on December 19. The rating agency maintains the negative outlook on Australia's triple-A rating, while both Moody's Investors Service (Moody's) and Fitch Ratings (Fitch) are retaining stable triple-A ratings on the Australia sovereign.
The Australian property market is a constant headline producer, particularly when prices are in decline. The recent cooling of house prices, however, has – so far – been a desired outcome for regulators and market participants who were seeking a soft landing after an unprecedented period of growth.
On 26 September, S&P Global Ratings assigned preliminary ratings to Credit Union Australia (CUA)'s proposed residential mortgage-backed securities (RMBS) deal, Series 2018-1 Harvey Trust. Fitch Ratings assigned its expected ratings on the previous day. CUA mandated ANZ, Macquarie Bank, National Australia Bank and Westpac Institutional Bank for the potential transaction on 10 September.
The KangaNews New Zealand Debt Capital Markets Summit 2018, held in Auckland on 8 August, attracted the largest delegate representation ever for an event that has run annually since 2013. Discussion captured all the talking points in the New Zealand capital market including macroeconomics, the business environment and trade updates, as well as spotlights on infrastructure, technology, bank securitisation and investing with impact.
In March, for the first time, KangaNews hosted its Sustainable Debt Summit as a full-day event, reflecting the exponential growth in interest in environmental, social and governance (ESG) integration in the fixed-income universe. The sector is now much broader than green-bond issuance, as reflected in discussions at the KangaNews event.
A prolonged period of arguably the best global capital-market conditions for a decade appears to be coming to an end as volatility returned early in 2018. Speakers at the KangaNews Debt Capital Markets Summit debated where markets, economies and societies are now – and the future direction.