Australian dollar primary market syndicated supply has been muted in the first two weeks of 2021. The two traditional sources of early-year supply are largely missing, and technical factors are largely set against high-grade supply. The bright spot, intermediaries say, is that secondary market dynamics are gradually swinging in support of primary issuance.
On 15 January, Australian Office of Financial Management (AOFM) gave an update on its 2020/21 issuance programme. Its total requirement of A$230 billion (US$178.7 billion) and amount issued to date of A$153.5 billion are unchanged from its last update on 18 December.
The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has embarked on an asset purchasing programme as part of its regular open market operations in support of monetary policy goals. KangaNews will provide subscribers with easy access to asset purchase data, which will be updated as the RBA makes information publicly available.
A new survey of sovereign borrowers that have issued green, social and sustainability (GSS) bonds suggests a strong rationale for joining the market. Issuers responding to the survey, which was published by Climate Bonds Initiative (CBI) on 15 January, say their GSS programmes were relatively quick to deliver, enhanced transparency, found new investors and – in many cases – cut the cost of borrowing.