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    Investors Took More Risk For Less Reward in Q1

    After last year’s record-setting pace of U.S. bond and loan issuance, activity has slowed in the biggest leveraged finance market, partly because of diminished need to refinance. In Europe, funding costs hit an all-time low, though borrowing was also less than in 2013. In both markets, funding costs remained near all-time lows while riskier structures – like second lien – and looser [...]

    EXCLUSIVE: Freescale Evaluates Term Loan Repricing

    Freescale Semiconductor will evaluate whether to reprice a term loan when the cost of doing so drops in September and may refinance bonds next year as it seeks to further cut interest costs, said Treasurer Steve Goel. Click HERE for more.

    U.K. Regulator Plans Life Insurance Probe

    U.K. regulators said they are planning a probe into insurance policies stretching back to the 1970s, the second government threat to the industry’s earnings in as many weeks. Click here to view the entire article.

    Hill Eyes Bond, Loan to Refinance Second Lien

    Hill International may refinance a 7.5 percent second-lien loan with a term loan or its inaugural bond offering this year, said company President David Richter. Click HERE for more details.

    Banks Split With Fed on Test Risk Payout Plans

    Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and Citigroup Inc. staked out sharply divergent views from the Federal Reserve over how well they would perform in a market shock, as the central bank gauges the strength of U.S. lenders. Click here to view the entire article.

    Institutional Second-Lien Deal Volume, Count Highest Since 2007

    Companies are borrowing through more junior-ranking loans than ever before, helping to fund buyouts and payouts to private-equity firms. Click HERE for more.

    Royal Caribbean to Repay $526M in Ship Debt

    Royal Caribbean Cruises plans to repay about $526 million of ship-related debt due this year, according to CFO Jason Liberty. Click HERE for more.



    Reporting requirements for over-the-counter derivatives trades go into effect on Feb. 12 under the European Market Infrastructure Regulation. As companies prepare, they also look ahead to mandatory clearing and the reporting of valuation and collateral, which are set to begin in the third quarter. 

    United Continental Mulls Debt for $2Bn Spending

    United Continental Holdings plans to fund the delivery of 36 aircraft from Boeing this year with a combination of enhanced equipment trust certificates and borrowings from banks, said Treasurer Gerald Laderman. Click HERE for more.

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