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Insight Weekly: Asian banks' tepid bond issuance; insurer losses from Ukraine war; SPAC slowdown

Today is Tuesday, May 31, 2022, and here’s your weekly selection of essential intelligence on financial markets and the global economy from S&P Global Market Intelligence. Subscribe to be notified of each new Insight Weekly.

In this edition, we take a close look at the bond issuance of Asia-Pacific banks. Bond issuance remains subdued as rising interest rates across the world and concerns over the negative impacts of China's COVID-19 lockdown measures create uncertainties for both issuers and investors. But looking ahead, analysts expect some improvement in bank bond issuance in the region. In India, several banks plan to raise funds in the bond market, seeking to take advantage of still-low interest rates before the central bank embarks on a policy tightening cycle.

The global insurance industry disclosed roughly $1.3 billion in collective losses and reserve charges related to the Russia-Ukraine war in the first quarter, according to an S&P Global Market Intelligence analysis. Insurers and reinsurers in Europe were hit particularly hard, with some signaling that losses may impact future earnings as the situation escalates.

After soaring in 2021, the market for special purpose acquisition companies is falling back to earth in 2022. SPAC mergers, which bring private companies into public markets without a traditional IPO, have declined in value from a record 2021 and fewer new SPACs are coming to market, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence data. Some investment banks have pulled back on their SPAC businesses and private investment in public equity financing for SPACs has slowed, experts say.

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