Archive for August, 2012

August 30, 2012

Friday, August 31st, 2012

Nice piece from the New York Fed by Robert Battalio, Hamid Mehran, and Paul Schultz titled Market Declines: What Is Accomplished by Banning Short-Selling?:

In 2008, U.S. regulators banned the short-selling of financial stocks, fearing that the practice was helping to drive the steep drop in stock prices during the crisis. However, a new look at the effects of such restrictions challenges the notion that short sales exacerbate market downturns in this way. The 2008 ban on short sales failed to slow the decline in the price of financial stocks; in fact, prices fell markedly over the two weeks in which the ban was in effect and stabilized once it was lifted. Similarly, following the downgrade of the U.S. sovereign credit rating in 2011—another notable period of market stress—stocks subject to short-selling restrictions performed worse than stocks free of such restraints.

Our analysis of the empirical evidence from the United States suggests that the bans had little impact on stock prices. Even with the bans in place, prices continued to fall. At the same time, the bans lowered market liquidity and increased trading costs. On the latter point, we estimate that the ban raised total trading costs in the U.S. equities options market by $500 million in the period between September 18 and October 8, 2008.

The equity markets provide telling evidence of the costs imposed by short-sale bans. In their multivariate analysis, Boehmer, Jones, and Zhang (2009) find that the 2008 short-sale ban in the United States was associated with a 32 basis point increase, on average, in relative effective bid-ask spreads for the banned stocks. For the 404 financial stocks that were subject to the ban for its duration—September 18 through October 8, 2008—the increase in spreads represents an increase in liquidity costs of more than $600 million.

David Berman comments in the Globe:

All of which suggests that short-sellers are far from being enemies of normal market activity – and banning their activities is unlikely to turn bear markets into bull markets, or even provide much-needed stability when stocks are falling .

One commenter on the Globe piece writes:

There were more sellers than buyers then, so obviously stocks went down. Short sellers would have made it even worse. How dumb does one have to be to miss that obvious fact

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Quite right, short sellers will indeed increase the speed of loss … until the market reaches it clearing price. Short sellers assist the market to reach the clearing price faster.

Sorry this is so late, folks! But better late than never!

HIMIPref™ Preferred Indices
These values reflect the December 2008 revision of the HIMIPref™ Indices

Values are provisional and are finalized monthly
Index Mean
Current
Yield
(at bid)
Median
YTW
Median
Average
Trading
Value
Median
Mod Dur
(YTW)
Issues Day’s Perf. Index Value
Ratchet 0.00 % 0.00 % 0 0.00 0 -0.0960 % 2,402.9
FixedFloater 0.00 % 0.00 % 0 0.00 0 -0.0960 % 3,594.5
Floater 3.03 % 3.07 % 58,189 19.48 3 -0.0960 % 2,594.5
OpRet 4.76 % 3.26 % 28,595 0.81 5 0.2075 % 2,550.2
SplitShare 5.50 % 5.08 % 72,159 4.63 3 -0.1734 % 2,791.4
Interest-Bearing 0.00 % 0.00 % 0 0.00 0 0.2075 % 2,331.9
Perpetual-Premium 5.29 % 3.59 % 94,106 0.37 28 -0.0132 % 2,277.9
Perpetual-Discount 4.92 % 4.95 % 100,241 15.49 3 0.5419 % 2,540.2
FixedReset 5.00 % 3.02 % 176,347 3.97 71 0.0114 % 2,428.1
Deemed-Retractible 4.94 % 3.46 % 121,199 0.72 46 0.0144 % 2,369.0
Performance Highlights
Issue Index Change Notes
HSB.PR.C Deemed-Retractible 1.01 % YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2012-09-29
Maturity Price : 25.50
Evaluated at bid price : 26.04
Bid-YTW : -10.17 %
HSB.PR.D Deemed-Retractible 1.15 % YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2012-09-29
Maturity Price : 25.75
Evaluated at bid price : 26.31
Bid-YTW : -11.23 %
ELF.PR.G Perpetual-Discount 1.24 % YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Limit Maturity
Maturity Date : 2042-08-30
Maturity Price : 23.46
Evaluated at bid price : 23.74
Bid-YTW : 5.06 %
Volume Highlights
Issue Index Shares
Traded
Notes
GWO.PR.I Deemed-Retractible 68,997 YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Hard Maturity
Maturity Date : 2022-01-31
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 23.86
Bid-YTW : 5.09 %
BNS.PR.N Deemed-Retractible 59,778 YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2013-01-29
Maturity Price : 26.00
Evaluated at bid price : 26.45
Bid-YTW : 1.85 %
SLF.PR.A Deemed-Retractible 56,510 YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Hard Maturity
Maturity Date : 2022-01-31
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 24.05
Bid-YTW : 5.24 %
TD.PR.Y FixedReset 51,306 YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Hard Maturity
Maturity Date : 2022-01-31
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 25.44
Bid-YTW : 3.15 %
CM.PR.L FixedReset 45,358 YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2014-04-30
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 26.85
Bid-YTW : 2.29 %
TD.PR.A FixedReset 40,816 YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2014-01-31
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 25.81
Bid-YTW : 2.96 %
There were 25 other index-included issues trading in excess of 10,000 shares.
Wide Spread Highlights
Issue Index Quote Data and Yield Notes
VNR.PR.A FixedReset Quote: 26.00 – 26.46
Spot Rate : 0.4600
Average : 0.3518

YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2017-10-15
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 26.00
Bid-YTW : 3.73 %

HSB.PR.E FixedReset Quote: 26.93 – 27.15
Spot Rate : 0.2200
Average : 0.1559

YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2014-06-30
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 26.93
Bid-YTW : 2.90 %

BAM.PR.K Floater Quote: 17.23 – 17.57
Spot Rate : 0.3400
Average : 0.2801

YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Limit Maturity
Maturity Date : 2042-08-30
Maturity Price : 17.23
Evaluated at bid price : 17.23
Bid-YTW : 3.07 %

POW.PR.A Perpetual-Premium Quote: 25.48 – 25.74
Spot Rate : 0.2600
Average : 0.2010

YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2012-09-29
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 25.48
Bid-YTW : -8.85 %

PWF.PR.R Perpetual-Premium Quote: 26.50 – 26.70
Spot Rate : 0.2000
Average : 0.1421

YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2021-04-30
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 26.50
Bid-YTW : 4.74 %

BNS.PR.N Deemed-Retractible Quote: 26.45 – 26.60
Spot Rate : 0.1500
Average : 0.0923

YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2013-01-29
Maturity Price : 26.00
Evaluated at bid price : 26.45
Bid-YTW : 1.85 %

CM.PR.P To Be Redeemed

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce has announced:

its intention to redeem all of its issued and outstanding Non-cumulative Class A Preferred Shares Series 18 for cash. The redemptions will occur on October 29, 2012. The redemption price is $25.00 per Series 18 share.

The $0.33811 per share dividend declared on August 30, 2012 will be the final dividend on the Series 18 shares for the period from August 1, 2012 to October 29, 2012, and will be paid on October 29, 2012 to shareholders of record on September 28, 2012.

Beneficial holders who are not directly the registered holder of these shares should contact the financial institution, broker or other intermediary through which they hold their shares to confirm how they will receive their redemption proceeds. Formal notices and instructions for the redemption of Series 18 shares will be forwarded to registered shareholders.

August 29, 2012

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

There’s a chance that Apple might have shot itself in the foot by winning the patent case with Samsung. A post-secondary friend tells me that she’s hearing a lot of people saying ‘If the iPhone and the Galaxy are the same thing … why pay more?’

I saw this one coming … now that Lapdog Carney has successfully floated the trial balloon, Spend-Every-Penny is urging companies to piss away the nest-egg:

Stimulating the economy ultimately falls on the heads of the private sector, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said Monday.

“We’ve done a lot through the tax system to encourage Canadian executives, business people, to start utilizing some of the capital they have on their balance sheets,” said Mr. Flaherty.

“At a certain point, it’s not up to the government to stimulate the economy, it’s up to the private sector, and they have lots of capital.”

This is the man who has turned the federal surplus into a structural deficit. He needn’t be taken seriously. However, his use of the central bank governor as a spokesman – a junior minister – for the government is a disgrace and Carney has disgraced himself for allowing central bank independence to be compromised. This politicization of what should be among the most technocratic arms of the civil service will end in tears – but probably not before the next election, which is all that counts.

How wise are pension fund managers? Not much!

The SEC alleges that Fabrizio Neves conducted the scheme while working at LatAm Investments LLC, a broker-dealer that is no longer in business. He was assisted by Jose Luna. The pair defrauded two Brazilian public pension funds and a Colombian institutional investor that purchased from LatAm the structured notes issued by major commercial banks. To conceal the excessive markups that Neves charged customers, Neves directed Luna to alter the banks’ structured note term sheets in half of the transactions by either whiting out or electronically cutting and pasting the markup amounts over the actual price and trade information, and then sending the forged documents to customers. Neves and Luna further concealed the egregious markups in most transactions by first purchasing the notes into accounts in the name of nominee entities they controlled in the British Virgin Islands.

According to the SEC’s complaint against Neves and Luna filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida, Neves negotiated with several U.S. and European commercial banks to structure 12 notes on his customers’ behalf from 2006 to 2009. But instead of purchasing the notes for his customers’ accounts for prices around the banks’ issuance amounts – which totaled approximately $70 million – in most transactions Neves first traded the notes with one or more accounts in the name of offshore nominee entities that he and Luna controlled. Neves then sold the notes to his customers with undisclosed markups as high as 67 percent.

Clearly, the wise investors bought whatever their friendly salesman told them to buy.

Scotia is buying ING Bank Canada:

Bank of Nova Scotia, Canada’s third- largest lender, agreed to buy ING Bank of Canada for C$3.13 billion ($3.16 billion) in its largest takeover to add to its retail deposits.

Scotiabank will buy the ING Groep NV (INGA) unit in a cash deal, the Toronto-based bank said today in a statement. It will sell 29 million shares at C$52 each in a bought deal, for gross proceeds of C$1.51 billion to fund the takeover.

DBRS confirmed BBBD:

DBRS has today confirmed the Issuer Rating and the Senior Unsecured Debentures rating of Bombardier Inc. (BBD or the Company) at BB with a Stable trend. BBD’s Preferred Shares have also been confirmed at Pfd-4 with a Stable trend. The confirmation reflects our expectation that the Company’s financial measures, while acceptable for the current rating, are unlikely to materially improve in the next two to three years because of high capex requirements, continued demand uncertainty in the Company’s aerospace division (BA, accounting for about half of total EBIDTA in the first half of 2012) and softening of economic conditions in Europe and Asia Pacific, two of BBD’s key geographic markets. BBD is a leading global manufacturer of transportation equipment, including a broad range of business and commercial aircraft as well as rail transportation equipment.

It was a mildly positive day for the Canadian preferred share market, with PerpetualPremiums flat, FixedResets gaining 3bp and DeemedRetractibles up 7bp. Volatility was minimal. Volume had its bright spots, but retail is still on holiday.

PerpetualDiscounts now yield 4.96%, equivalent to 6.45% interest at the standard equivalency factor of 1.3x. Long corporates now yield about 4.3%, so the pre-tax interest-equivalent spread is now about 215bp, a widening from the 205bp reported August 22 as corporates have improved over the past week while PerpetualDiscounts have been flattish.

HIMIPref™ Preferred Indices
These values reflect the December 2008 revision of the HIMIPref™ Indices

Values are provisional and are finalized monthly
Index Mean
Current
Yield
(at bid)
Median
YTW
Median
Average
Trading
Value
Median
Mod Dur
(YTW)
Issues Day’s Perf. Index Value
Ratchet 0.00 % 0.00 % 0 0.00 0 0.1732 % 2,405.2
FixedFloater 0.00 % 0.00 % 0 0.00 0 0.1732 % 3,597.9
Floater 3.03 % 3.07 % 58,727 19.48 3 0.1732 % 2,597.0
OpRet 4.77 % 3.30 % 27,877 0.81 5 0.1540 % 2,544.9
SplitShare 5.49 % 4.94 % 71,084 4.64 3 -0.1199 % 2,796.2
Interest-Bearing 0.00 % 0.00 % 0 0.00 0 0.1540 % 2,327.1
Perpetual-Premium 5.29 % 3.40 % 94,194 0.38 28 0.0000 % 2,278.2
Perpetual-Discount 4.95 % 4.96 % 99,665 15.46 3 0.0278 % 2,526.5
FixedReset 5.00 % 3.02 % 171,729 3.97 71 0.0317 % 2,427.8
Deemed-Retractible 4.94 % 3.13 % 120,701 0.73 46 0.0734 % 2,368.7
Performance Highlights
Issue Index Change Notes
BAM.PR.C Floater 1.35 % YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Limit Maturity
Maturity Date : 2042-08-29
Maturity Price : 17.23
Evaluated at bid price : 17.23
Bid-YTW : 3.07 %
Volume Highlights
Issue Index Shares
Traded
Notes
BMO.PR.K Deemed-Retractible 749,060 Very active, with all trades at 26.40. National crossed blocks of 125,000 and 50,000. RBC crossed 50,000 and 49,700. Desjardins crossed 50,000 and 100,000. Nesbitt crossed 100,000 and 65,000. TD crossed 149,500.
YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2012-11-25
Maturity Price : 26.00
Evaluated at bid price : 26.38
Bid-YTW : -0.78 %
SLF.PR.B Deemed-Retractible 204,526 Nesbitt crossed 200,000 at 24.30.
YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Hard Maturity
Maturity Date : 2022-01-31
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 24.37
Bid-YTW : 5.12 %
BNS.PR.Y FixedReset 112,240 Nesbitt crossed 100,000 at 25.30.
YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Hard Maturity
Maturity Date : 2022-01-31
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 25.29
Bid-YTW : 2.71 %
TD.PR.K FixedReset 103,081 Scotia crossed 100,000 at 26.90.
YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2014-07-31
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 26.91
Bid-YTW : 2.44 %
FTS.PR.H FixedReset 63,200 National crossed 62,000 at 25.50.
YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Limit Maturity
Maturity Date : 2042-08-29
Maturity Price : 23.60
Evaluated at bid price : 25.55
Bid-YTW : 2.76 %
SLF.PR.A Deemed-Retractible 57,521 Nesbitt crossed 50,000 at 24.05.
YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Hard Maturity
Maturity Date : 2022-01-31
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 24.10
Bid-YTW : 5.21 %
There were 19 other index-included issues trading in excess of 10,000 shares.
Wide Spread Highlights
Issue Index Quote Data and Yield Notes
ELF.PR.G Perpetual-Discount Quote: 23.45 – 23.88
Spot Rate : 0.4300
Average : 0.2595

YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Limit Maturity
Maturity Date : 2042-08-29
Maturity Price : 23.16
Evaluated at bid price : 23.45
Bid-YTW : 5.12 %

PWF.PR.F Perpetual-Premium Quote: 25.19 – 25.55
Spot Rate : 0.3600
Average : 0.2590

YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2012-09-28
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 25.19
Bid-YTW : 1.07 %

TRP.PR.C FixedReset Quote: 25.73 – 25.99
Spot Rate : 0.2600
Average : 0.1614

YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Limit Maturity
Maturity Date : 2042-08-29
Maturity Price : 23.55
Evaluated at bid price : 25.73
Bid-YTW : 2.88 %

CIU.PR.B FixedReset Quote: 26.87 – 27.14
Spot Rate : 0.2700
Average : 0.1757

YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2014-06-01
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 26.87
Bid-YTW : 2.33 %

SLF.PR.G FixedReset Quote: 24.70 – 24.95
Spot Rate : 0.2500
Average : 0.1569

YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Hard Maturity
Maturity Date : 2022-01-31
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 24.70
Bid-YTW : 3.38 %

GWO.PR.L Deemed-Retractible Quote: 26.00 – 26.30
Spot Rate : 0.3000
Average : 0.2137

YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2018-12-31
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 26.00
Bid-YTW : 4.85 %

August 28, 2012

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Commissioner Daniel M. Gallagher and Commissioner Troy A. Paredes of the SEC collaborated on an astonishingly ignorant Statement on the Regulation of Money Market Funds:

Our decision not to support the Chairman’s proposal, based on the data and analysis currently available to us, has also been informed by our concern that neither of the Chairman’s restructuring alternatives would in fact achieve the goal of stemming a run on money market funds, particularly during a period of widespread financial crisis such as the nation experienced in 2008. The Reserve Primary Fund did not “break the buck” in a vacuum, but rather in the midst of a financial crisis of historic proportions.

Since the Commission adopted Rule 2a-7, the principal rule that governs money market funds, the Commission on multiple occasions has reviewed the efficacy of the rule and has adopted amendments to make improvements. Most recently, in 2010, the Commission adopted changes to Rule 2a-7 that have improved the liquidity and transparency of money market funds and decreased the credit risk of their portfolios with the objective of making such funds more resilient.

Reserve Primary broke the buck because it held some paper that defaulted. Any commercial paper can default. The changes to Rule 2a-7 – that I mocked at the time for their substitution of box-ticking for capital – may well have decreased the credit risk of MMF portfolios, but it cannot have eliminated credit risk.

Second, the necessary analysis has not been conducted to demonstrate that a floating NAV or capital buffer coupled with a holdback restriction would be effective in a crisis. Indeed, both alternatives disregard the predominant incentive of investors in a crisis to flee risk and move to safety. Reason indicates that such behavior — the “flight to quality” — is likely to overwhelm the buffer proposed by the Chairman and swamp the effect of a holdback. As for the floating NAV proposal, even if there is no stable $1.00 NAV — i.e., even if, by definition, there is no “buck” to break — investors will still have an incentive to flee from risk during a crisis period such as 2008, because investors who redeem sooner rather than later during a period of financial distress will get out at a higher valuation. Thus, if neither the floating NAV proposal nor the capital-buffer-with-holdback proposal will solve the money market fund run problem, then neither proposal will foreclose the possibility that policymakers might once again face the prospect of supporting the commercial paper market in response to a widespread financial crisis.

The holdback provision means that investors who redeem their holdings – possibly with a threshold, so the holdback would apply only to accounts with more than $X invested – have a much reduced incentive to run, because the holdback will be at risk. Logic does not appear to be a strong point of Messrs. Gallagher & Paredes, both of whom have legal, rather than investing backgrounds.

Their profound ignorance of the simplest principles of portfolio management lead them to support gating as an alternative:

We have urged that the Chairman take a different way forward for strengthening the resiliency of money market funds. This approach would (i) empower money market fund boards to impose “gates” on redemptions; (ii) mandate enhanced disclosure about the risks of investing in money market funds; and (iii) conduct a searching inquiry into, and a critical analysis of, the issues raised by the questions we pose below.

In particular, it would be useful to receive comment on a proposal that would permit money market fund boards, as they deem appropriate and consistent with their fiduciary obligations to investors and without having to seek an exemptive order from the Commission, to “gate” redemptions to stave off a run and to allow the fund manager time to mitigate the concerns of investors who otherwise may be inclined to redeem. The Commission’s 2010 amendments allowed boards to unilaterally suspend redemptions if the fund is put into liquidation. At that time, the Commission received input recommending that the Commission allow boards to impose a gate when they deemed appropriate, consistent with the boards’ fiduciary duties to the fund’s shareholders.

Discretionary gating directly responds, we believe, to run risk, both as to an individual fund and across multiple funds, as well as to the potential disparate treatment between retail and institutional investors.

If your redemption can be blocked by the fund in toto, then you cannot rely on converting your holdings to cash on a moment’s notice, an idea which I am sure Assiduous Readers will agree is the whole point of MMFs. I consider the holdback option to be inferior to enforced holding of permanent capital, but even with the holdback at least you get almost all your money back when wanted and you put a cap on your losses to boot.

Sorry folks! The Project That Would Not Die staggered out from its crypt tonight and ate all my time. So the preferred share market action tables will be delayed a bit.

Update:

HIMIPref™ Preferred Indices
These values reflect the December 2008 revision of the HIMIPref™ Indices

Values are provisional and are finalized monthly
Index Mean
Current
Yield
(at bid)
Median
YTW
Median
Average
Trading
Value
Median
Mod Dur
(YTW)
Issues Day’s Perf. Index Value
Ratchet 0.00 % 0.00 % 0 0.00 0 0.1349 % 2,401.0
FixedFloater 0.00 % 0.00 % 0 0.00 0 0.1349 % 3,591.7
Floater 3.03 % 3.06 % 58,435 19.51 3 0.1349 % 2,592.5
OpRet 4.78 % 3.19 % 27,106 0.81 5 -0.0308 % 2,541.0
SplitShare 5.48 % 4.85 % 68,985 4.64 3 0.0533 % 2,799.6
Interest-Bearing 0.00 % 0.00 % 0 0.00 0 -0.0308 % 2,323.5
Perpetual-Premium 5.29 % 3.06 % 93,341 0.49 28 0.1223 % 2,278.2
Perpetual-Discount 4.95 % 4.98 % 99,455 15.45 3 0.0417 % 2,525.8
FixedReset 5.00 % 3.04 % 170,832 3.93 71 0.0604 % 2,427.1
Deemed-Retractible 4.94 % 3.36 % 120,395 0.73 46 0.0977 % 2,366.9
Performance Highlights
Issue Index Change Notes
BAM.PR.C Floater -1.11 % YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Limit Maturity
Maturity Date : 2042-08-28
Maturity Price : 17.00
Evaluated at bid price : 17.00
Bid-YTW : 3.12 %
IAG.PR.F Deemed-Retractible 1.01 % YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Hard Maturity
Maturity Date : 2022-01-31
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 26.11
Bid-YTW : 5.26 %
BAM.PR.B Floater 1.20 % YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Limit Maturity
Maturity Date : 2042-08-28
Maturity Price : 17.68
Evaluated at bid price : 17.68
Bid-YTW : 2.99 %
IAG.PR.E Deemed-Retractible 1.23 % YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2014-12-31
Maturity Price : 26.00
Evaluated at bid price : 26.32
Bid-YTW : 5.01 %
VNR.PR.A FixedReset 1.68 % YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2017-10-15
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 26.00
Bid-YTW : 3.72 %
Volume Highlights
Issue Index Shares
Traded
Notes
BMO.PR.K Deemed-Retractible 352,800 YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2012-11-25
Maturity Price : 26.00
Evaluated at bid price : 26.35
Bid-YTW : -0.30 %
ENB.PR.N FixedReset 195,361 YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Limit Maturity
Maturity Date : 2042-08-28
Maturity Price : 23.21
Evaluated at bid price : 25.34
Bid-YTW : 3.84 %
BNS.PR.Z FixedReset 71,900 YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Hard Maturity
Maturity Date : 2022-01-31
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 25.27
Bid-YTW : 3.00 %
BNS.PR.L Deemed-Retractible 67,102 YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2014-04-26
Maturity Price : 25.50
Evaluated at bid price : 25.97
Bid-YTW : 3.47 %
CU.PR.E Perpetual-Premium 60,250 YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2021-09-01
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 25.91
Bid-YTW : 4.43 %
TD.PR.O Deemed-Retractible 59,389 YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2012-10-31
Maturity Price : 25.50
Evaluated at bid price : 25.91
Bid-YTW : -2.30 %
There were 18 other index-included issues trading in excess of 10,000 shares.
Wide Spread Highlights
Issue Index Quote Data and Yield Notes
BAM.PR.C Floater Quote: 17.00 – 17.40
Spot Rate : 0.4000
Average : 0.2929

YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Limit Maturity
Maturity Date : 2042-08-28
Maturity Price : 17.00
Evaluated at bid price : 17.00
Bid-YTW : 3.12 %

FTS.PR.E OpRet Quote: 26.70 – 27.00
Spot Rate : 0.3000
Average : 0.2085

YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2013-06-01
Maturity Price : 25.75
Evaluated at bid price : 26.70
Bid-YTW : -0.14 %

IAG.PR.F Deemed-Retractible Quote: 26.11 – 26.48
Spot Rate : 0.3700
Average : 0.2837

YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Hard Maturity
Maturity Date : 2022-01-31
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 26.11
Bid-YTW : 5.26 %

GWO.PR.I Deemed-Retractible Quote: 24.20 – 24.44
Spot Rate : 0.2400
Average : 0.1616

YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Hard Maturity
Maturity Date : 2022-01-31
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 24.20
Bid-YTW : 5.06 %

IAG.PR.A Deemed-Retractible Quote: 24.00 – 24.25
Spot Rate : 0.2500
Average : 0.1789

YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Hard Maturity
Maturity Date : 2022-01-31
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 24.00
Bid-YTW : 5.11 %

TD.PR.P Deemed-Retractible Quote: 26.40 – 26.55
Spot Rate : 0.1500
Average : 0.0895

YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2012-11-01
Maturity Price : 26.00
Evaluated at bid price : 26.40
Bid-YTW : -1.45 %

August 27, 2012

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Good news! There’s a sign of success in the politicians’ and regulators’ war on finance!

Investment bankers in the U.K. favor working in Singapore over New York and London, where they face lower wage growth and higher taxes, according to recruitment firm Astbury Marsden.

Thirty-one percent of respondents chose Singapore as their most favored location, followed by New York (20 percent) and London (19 percent), the recruiter said in its annual “Preferred Location Survey.” Hong Kong and Dubai got 16 percent and 15 percent, respectively. The survey found 60 percent of bankers expect the Asia-Pacific region to the largest financial center in 10 years.

“A fast growing, low-tax and bank-friendly environment like Singapore stands as a perfect antidote to the comparatively high-tax and anti-banker sentiment of London and New York,” Mark Cameron, chief operating officer at Astbury Marsden, said in the statement. “Financial centers in the West have taken a real battering since the start of the financial crisis.”

The OSC approved settlements with Boaz Manor, John Ogg and Michael Labanowich.

It was a mixed day for the Canadian preferred share market, with PerpetualPremiums down 4bp, FixedResets flat and DeemedRetractibles up 5bp. Volatility was average. Volume picked up a little, but is still dead.

HIMIPref™ Preferred Indices
These values reflect the December 2008 revision of the HIMIPref™ Indices

Values are provisional and are finalized monthly
Index Mean
Current
Yield
(at bid)
Median
YTW
Median
Average
Trading
Value
Median
Mod Dur
(YTW)
Issues Day’s Perf. Index Value
Ratchet 0.00 % 0.00 % 0 0.00 0 0.2124 % 2,397.8
FixedFloater 0.00 % 0.00 % 0 0.00 0 0.2124 % 3,586.9
Floater 3.03 % 3.07 % 59,075 19.49 3 0.2124 % 2,589.0
OpRet 4.78 % 3.08 % 26,949 0.82 5 0.2314 % 2,541.8
SplitShare 5.48 % 4.84 % 67,921 4.65 3 -0.0666 % 2,798.1
Interest-Bearing 0.00 % 0.00 % 0 0.00 0 0.2314 % 2,324.2
Perpetual-Premium 5.30 % 3.03 % 94,085 0.49 28 -0.0452 % 2,275.4
Perpetual-Discount 4.95 % 4.96 % 99,876 15.48 3 0.2928 % 2,524.7
FixedReset 5.00 % 3.07 % 169,501 3.97 71 -0.0002 % 2,425.6
Deemed-Retractible 4.94 % 3.49 % 121,618 1.14 46 0.0453 % 2,364.6
Performance Highlights
Issue Index Change Notes
VNR.PR.A FixedReset -2.07 % YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Limit Maturity
Maturity Date : 2042-08-27
Maturity Price : 23.33
Evaluated at bid price : 25.57
Bid-YTW : 4.04 %
IAG.PR.F Deemed-Retractible -1.90 % YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2019-03-31
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 25.85
Bid-YTW : 5.23 %
PWF.PR.O Perpetual-Premium -1.64 % YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2018-10-31
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 26.41
Bid-YTW : 4.85 %
IAG.PR.E Deemed-Retractible -1.33 % YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2018-12-31
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 26.00
Bid-YTW : 5.19 %
Volume Highlights
Issue Index Shares
Traded
Notes
TD.PR.G FixedReset 164,305 Scotia crossed 100,000 at 26.65; RBC crossed 60,000 at the same price.
YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2014-04-30
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 26.65
Bid-YTW : 2.48 %
RY.PR.I FixedReset 133,540 Nesbitt crossed 100,000 at 25.75; then bought 25,000 from Desjardins at the same price.
YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2014-02-24
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 25.73
Bid-YTW : 3.03 %
BMO.PR.M FixedReset 112,500 Scotia crossed 100,000 at 25.32.
YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Hard Maturity
Maturity Date : 2022-01-31
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 25.32
Bid-YTW : 3.07 %
CM.PR.K FixedReset 107,087 Scotia crossed 100,000 at 26.35.
YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2014-07-31
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 26.21
Bid-YTW : 2.99 %
ENB.PR.N FixedReset 81,414 TD crossed 49,300 at 25.31.
YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Limit Maturity
Maturity Date : 2042-08-27
Maturity Price : 23.19
Evaluated at bid price : 25.30
Bid-YTW : 3.85 %
BMO.PR.K Deemed-Retractible 30,679 Scotia crossed 29,700 at 26.35.
YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2012-11-25
Maturity Price : 26.00
Evaluated at bid price : 26.30
Bid-YTW : 0.47 %
There were 10 other index-included issues trading in excess of 10,000 shares.
Wide Spread Highlights
Issue Index Quote Data and Yield Notes
IAG.PR.E Deemed-Retractible Quote: 26.00 – 26.39
Spot Rate : 0.3900
Average : 0.2387

YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2018-12-31
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 26.00
Bid-YTW : 5.19 %

PWF.PR.O Perpetual-Premium Quote: 26.41 – 26.85
Spot Rate : 0.4400
Average : 0.3346

YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2018-10-31
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 26.41
Bid-YTW : 4.85 %

BAM.PR.K Floater Quote: 17.24 – 17.57
Spot Rate : 0.3300
Average : 0.2448

YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Limit Maturity
Maturity Date : 2042-08-27
Maturity Price : 17.24
Evaluated at bid price : 17.24
Bid-YTW : 3.07 %

POW.PR.D Perpetual-Premium Quote: 25.11 – 25.38
Spot Rate : 0.2700
Average : 0.1959

YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Limit Maturity
Maturity Date : 2042-08-27
Maturity Price : 24.78
Evaluated at bid price : 25.11
Bid-YTW : 5.03 %

GWO.PR.G Deemed-Retractible Quote: 25.43 – 25.61
Spot Rate : 0.1800
Average : 0.1079

YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2013-12-31
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 25.43
Bid-YTW : 4.53 %

TRP.PR.B FixedReset Quote: 25.35 – 25.60
Spot Rate : 0.2500
Average : 0.1880

YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Limit Maturity
Maturity Date : 2042-08-27
Maturity Price : 23.53
Evaluated at bid price : 25.35
Bid-YTW : 2.64 %

August 24, 2012

Friday, August 24th, 2012

Let’s all reach for yield!

German insurers, which came through the subprime mortgage crisis largely unscathed, are seeking to boost investment returns by buying junk loans to corporate borrowers.

Senior secured loans, which are repaid first in a default, are originated by banks for borrowers considered high yield or high risk as they usually have a significant level of debt relative to equity. The loans are then are sold on to investors.

Leveraged loan prices plunged to 59.2 cents on the dollar in mid-December 2008 as investors dumped risky debt two months after the collapse of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc. They averaged 95.12 cents on Aug. 22, which was the highest since June 2011, according to the S&P/LSTA U.S. Leveraged Loan 100 Index. The measure, which tracks the 100 largest dollar- denominated first-lien leveraged loans, has climbed from 90.75 at year-end.

The OSC is giving itself more money:

Canada’s largest securities commission says it is facing a financial shortfall this year and needs a major increase in the annual fees it charges to public companies and those registered to work in the securities industry.

The fee increase will total 15.5 per cent in each of the next three years for issuers – companies that have issued securities in Ontario. Compounded over three years, that means fees will be 54 per cent higher by 2015 than they are today.

Registrants – firms and individuals registered to work in the securities industry – would face increases of 7.9 per cent annually over the next three years, the OSC said. Compounded, that means an increase of about 25 per cent by 2015.

I am sure we will all sleep better at night now. But I’m considering visiting their offices on Monday:

A key figure in the multimillion-dollar Portus financial scandal, a complicated investment scheme that collapsed in 2005, has reached a tentative settlement with officials at the Ontario Securities Commission.

An agreement between Portus co-founder Boaz Manor and the OSC’s enforcement branch, announced Friday, will be put before a panel of commissioners at a hearing scheduled for Monday afternoon.

Earlier this week, the OSC reached settlements with two lesser figures in the Portus saga — Michael Labanowich and John Ogg. Hearings for those settlements are scheduled for Monday morning, before the hearing for the Manor settlement.

Ain’t it great what a little lobbying can do?

SEC Chairman Mary Schapiro this week abandoned a four-year effort to adopt tougher rules for money funds as three fellow commissioners said they wouldn’t support her proposal. The announcement marks a victory for the fund industry, which had lobbied against the plan.

Schapiro has argued the funds’ stable $1 share price encourages investors to flee at the first sign of trouble. That’s because those who react quickly can sell their shares at $1 each even if the net asset value has dropped below that level.

Schapiro’s staff this month produced a list for Congress of more than 300 instances over the past 40 years in which fund companies have sought permission from the SEC to support funds. The list was presented as evidence that funds weren’t as stable as the funds industry maintained.

Schapiro’s plan would have given fund managers a choice of switching to a floating share price that reflected the market value of holdings, or establishing a capital buffer to protect against credit losses and redemption restrictions to discourage investor flight.

I was gratified by a reference to a speech by Eric Rosengren, boss of the Boston Fed, titled Our Financial Structures – Are They Prepared for Financial Instability?:

As recent studies have highlighted, it is quite common for money market mutual funds that have impaired assets to obtain support from their sponsors.[12] Whether this is a cash infusion or a purchase at face value of an impaired asset,[13] this support can represent draws on capital[14] at times when the sponsoring organization is facing other capital pressures.

In the absence of such reforms for all money market mutual funds, an alternative for funds with depository institution or depository institution affiliated sponsors would be to include likely money market mutual fund support in the sponsor’s stress tests. Based on the historical experience of their money market funds, the historical experience of similar funds, and their money market funds’ exposures, sponsors could calculate the likely capital support needed from the organization in a stress scenario.

Again, this is an admittedly partial approach, in the absence of more comprehensive reforms that I hope will occur. But this approach would at least make more banking organizations more resilient (it would not be just money market mutual fund structures that would need capital – any financial structure that broke down during stress would need more capital) but it would also make clearer to money market mutual fund investors that banks had capital that could support funds during stressful periods. It would thus make clear that money market mutual funds with well capitalized sponsors are likely to be less risky than those that do not have well capitalized sponsors.

Similarly, other financial products that circumvent standard capital requirements – such as non 2a-7 “money market like” funds, stable value wrap products, and asset-backed commercial paper – could lead investors to expect that the sponsor holds capital for the support that these products could need in times of stress. While some firms are likely to argue they would not provide support for so-called capital efficient products, the high frequency of support of money market mutual funds and other off-balance-sheet items during the crisis makes such claims dubious.

I have long advocated consolidating banks’ balance sheets with their sponsored funds.

It was a mildly negative day for the Canadian preferred share market, with PerpetualPremiums down 5bp and FixedResets and DeemedRetractibles both off 1bp. Volatility was OK. Volume was virtually non-existent – I’m not reporting a single block today!

HIMIPref™ Preferred Indices
These values reflect the December 2008 revision of the HIMIPref™ Indices

Values are provisional and are finalized monthly
Index Mean
Current
Yield
(at bid)
Median
YTW
Median
Average
Trading
Value
Median
Mod Dur
(YTW)
Issues Day’s Perf. Index Value
Ratchet 0.00 % 0.00 % 0 0.00 0 1.3900 % 2,392.7
FixedFloater 0.00 % 0.00 % 0 0.00 0 1.3900 % 3,579.3
Floater 3.04 % 3.08 % 59,791 19.48 3 1.3900 % 2,583.5
OpRet 4.79 % 3.61 % 28,056 0.82 5 -0.2922 % 2,535.9
SplitShare 5.48 % 4.80 % 70,397 4.65 3 -0.2260 % 2,800.0
Interest-Bearing 0.00 % 0.00 % 0 0.00 0 -0.2922 % 2,318.9
Perpetual-Premium 5.30 % 3.73 % 95,431 0.50 28 -0.0465 % 2,276.5
Perpetual-Discount 4.97 % 4.98 % 99,953 15.45 3 -0.4166 % 2,517.3
FixedReset 5.00 % 3.10 % 171,532 3.74 71 -0.0060 % 2,425.6
Deemed-Retractible 4.94 % 3.49 % 124,946 1.14 46 -0.0093 % 2,363.5
Performance Highlights
Issue Index Change Notes
FTS.PR.C OpRet -1.54 % YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2012-09-23
Maturity Price : 25.25
Evaluated at bid price : 25.50
Bid-YTW : -7.89 %
HSB.PR.C Deemed-Retractible -1.15 % YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2013-06-30
Maturity Price : 25.25
Evaluated at bid price : 25.70
Bid-YTW : 3.85 %
BAM.PR.K Floater 1.12 % YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Limit Maturity
Maturity Date : 2042-08-24
Maturity Price : 17.21
Evaluated at bid price : 17.21
Bid-YTW : 3.08 %
BAM.PR.B Floater 2.28 % YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Limit Maturity
Maturity Date : 2042-08-24
Maturity Price : 17.47
Evaluated at bid price : 17.47
Bid-YTW : 3.03 %
Volume Highlights
Issue Index Shares
Traded
Notes
GWO.PR.Q Deemed-Retractible 24,319 YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Hard Maturity
Maturity Date : 2022-01-31
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 25.70
Bid-YTW : 4.90 %
BNS.PR.J Deemed-Retractible 23,523 YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2013-10-29
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 25.96
Bid-YTW : 2.24 %
ENB.PR.N FixedReset 21,629 YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2018-12-01
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 25.28
Bid-YTW : 3.89 %
BAM.PR.N Perpetual-Discount 12,703 YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Limit Maturity
Maturity Date : 2042-08-24
Maturity Price : 23.73
Evaluated at bid price : 24.15
Bid-YTW : 4.97 %
POW.PR.D Perpetual-Premium 12,679 YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2014-10-31
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 25.16
Bid-YTW : 4.98 %
SLF.PR.G FixedReset 12,419 YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Hard Maturity
Maturity Date : 2022-01-31
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 24.85
Bid-YTW : 3.50 %
There were 4 other index-included issues trading in excess of 10,000 shares.
Wide Spread Highlights
Issue Index Quote Data and Yield Notes
FTS.PR.C OpRet Quote: 25.50 – 25.90
Spot Rate : 0.4000
Average : 0.2619

YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2012-09-23
Maturity Price : 25.25
Evaluated at bid price : 25.50
Bid-YTW : -7.89 %

HSB.PR.C Deemed-Retractible Quote: 25.70 – 26.25
Spot Rate : 0.5500
Average : 0.4200

YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2013-06-30
Maturity Price : 25.25
Evaluated at bid price : 25.70
Bid-YTW : 3.85 %

BAM.PR.O OpRet Quote: 25.41 – 25.70
Spot Rate : 0.2900
Average : 0.2193

YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Option Certainty
Maturity Date : 2013-06-30
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 25.41
Bid-YTW : 3.96 %

BAM.PR.Z FixedReset Quote: 25.96 – 26.19
Spot Rate : 0.2300
Average : 0.1702

YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2017-12-31
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 25.96
Bid-YTW : 4.17 %

MFC.PR.F FixedReset Quote: 24.07 – 24.25
Spot Rate : 0.1800
Average : 0.1214

YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Hard Maturity
Maturity Date : 2022-01-31
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 24.07
Bid-YTW : 3.89 %

IAG.PR.F Deemed-Retractible Quote: 26.35 – 26.64
Spot Rate : 0.2900
Average : 0.2320

YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2015-03-31
Maturity Price : 26.00
Evaluated at bid price : 26.35
Bid-YTW : 4.93 %

August 23, 2012

Friday, August 24th, 2012

There good news on photovoltaics:

A technology that would enable low-cost, high efficiency solar cells to be made from virtually any semiconductor material has been developed by researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) Berkeley. This technology opens the door to the use of plentiful, relatively inexpensive semiconductors, such as the promising metal oxides, sulfides and phosphides, that have been considered unsuitable for solar cells because it is so difficult to tailor their properties by chemical means.

Photovoltaics are the ultimate source of clean, green and renewable energy but today’s technologies utilize relatively scarce and expensive semiconductors, such as large crystals of silicon, or thin films of cadmium telluride or copper indium gallium selenide, that are tricky or expensive to fabricate into devices.

“Solar technologies today face a cost-to-efficiency trade-off that has slowed widespread implementation,” Zettl says. “Our technology reduces the cost and complexity of fabricating solar cells and thereby provides what could be an important cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative that would accelerate the usage of solar energy.”

Academic research in the States provides the skills, the patents and the profits. The research wasn’t done in Ontario because we blew the budget installing shoddy and expensive technology. Yay us.

Sorry folks – the tables will be delayed. On the bright side, I’ve just finished a major project, so things are looking up!

Update, 2012-08-24:

HIMIPref™ Preferred Indices
These values reflect the December 2008 revision of the HIMIPref™ Indices

Values are provisional and are finalized monthly
Index Mean
Current
Yield
(at bid)
Median
YTW
Median
Average
Trading
Value
Median
Mod Dur
(YTW)
Issues Day’s Perf. Index Value
Ratchet 0.00 % 0.00 % 0 0.00 0 1.1485 % 2,359.9
FixedFloater 0.00 % 0.00 % 0 0.00 0 1.1485 % 3,530.2
Floater 3.08 % 3.11 % 60,257 19.40 3 1.1485 % 2,548.1
OpRet 4.78 % 3.57 % 29,205 0.83 5 -0.1382 % 2,543.4
SplitShare 5.47 % 4.84 % 71,327 4.66 3 0.1731 % 2,806.3
Interest-Bearing 0.00 % 0.00 % 0 0.00 0 -0.1382 % 2,325.7
Perpetual-Premium 5.29 % 3.71 % 95,316 0.40 28 0.0257 % 2,277.5
Perpetual-Discount 4.95 % 4.96 % 98,813 15.49 3 -0.2217 % 2,527.9
FixedReset 5.00 % 3.09 % 171,945 3.94 71 -0.0560 % 2,425.7
Deemed-Retractible 4.94 % 3.20 % 126,463 1.15 46 -0.0144 % 2,363.8
Performance Highlights
Issue Index Change Notes
PWF.PR.M FixedReset -1.18 % YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2014-01-31
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 26.03
Bid-YTW : 3.32 %
BAM.PR.K Floater 1.67 % YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Limit Maturity
Maturity Date : 2042-08-23
Maturity Price : 17.02
Evaluated at bid price : 17.02
Bid-YTW : 3.11 %
BAM.PR.C Floater 1.68 % YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Limit Maturity
Maturity Date : 2042-08-23
Maturity Price : 16.98
Evaluated at bid price : 16.98
Bid-YTW : 3.12 %
Volume Highlights
Issue Index Shares
Traded
Notes
SLF.PR.B Deemed-Retractible 70,282 YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Hard Maturity
Maturity Date : 2022-01-31
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 24.45
Bid-YTW : 5.22 %
BNS.PR.M Deemed-Retractible 70,142 YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2015-07-27
Maturity Price : 25.25
Evaluated at bid price : 25.93
Bid-YTW : 3.61 %
RY.PR.H Deemed-Retractible 54,701 YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2013-05-24
Maturity Price : 26.00
Evaluated at bid price : 26.85
Bid-YTW : 1.01 %
BAM.PF.A FixedReset 54,472 YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Limit Maturity
Maturity Date : 2042-08-23
Maturity Price : 23.27
Evaluated at bid price : 25.55
Bid-YTW : 4.20 %
ENB.PR.H FixedReset 51,575 YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Limit Maturity
Maturity Date : 2042-08-23
Maturity Price : 23.19
Evaluated at bid price : 25.24
Bid-YTW : 3.51 %
PWF.PR.I Perpetual-Premium 50,330 YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2012-09-22
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 25.44
Bid-YTW : -10.41 %
There were 20 other index-included issues trading in excess of 10,000 shares.
Wide Spread Highlights
Issue Index Quote Data and Yield Notes
VNR.PR.A FixedReset Quote: 26.05 – 26.46
Spot Rate : 0.4100
Average : 0.2476

YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2017-10-15
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 26.05
Bid-YTW : 3.67 %

HSE.PR.A FixedReset Quote: 25.87 – 26.20
Spot Rate : 0.3300
Average : 0.2009

YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Limit Maturity
Maturity Date : 2042-08-23
Maturity Price : 23.56
Evaluated at bid price : 25.87
Bid-YTW : 3.09 %

PWF.PR.M FixedReset Quote: 26.03 – 26.35
Spot Rate : 0.3200
Average : 0.1969

YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2014-01-31
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 26.03
Bid-YTW : 3.32 %

BAM.PR.B Floater Quote: 17.08 – 17.37
Spot Rate : 0.2900
Average : 0.1830

YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Limit Maturity
Maturity Date : 2042-08-23
Maturity Price : 17.08
Evaluated at bid price : 17.08
Bid-YTW : 3.10 %

CM.PR.K FixedReset Quote: 26.20 – 26.49
Spot Rate : 0.2900
Average : 0.2214

YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2014-07-31
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 26.20
Bid-YTW : 2.99 %

CM.PR.M FixedReset Quote: 26.75 – 26.94
Spot Rate : 0.1900
Average : 0.1253

YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2014-07-31
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 26.75
Bid-YTW : 3.01 %

BAM.PR.I To Be Redeemed

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Brookfield Asset Management has announced:

Brookfield intends to use the net proceeds of the issue of Preferred Shares, Series 34 to redeem its Class A Preference Shares, Series 11 and for general corporate purposes.

BAM.PR.I is an OperatingRetractible – there goes another one! However, it paid 5.50% and had been redeemable at par since 2012-6-30, so it was clearly living on borrowed time.

The newly issued Series 34 shares are a FixedReset 4.20%+263.

Update, 2012-9-7: Official Announcement:

Brookfield Asset Management Inc. (TSX: BAM.A) (NYSE:BAM); (EURONEXT:BAMA) announced today the redemption of its Class A Preference Shares, Series 11 (the “Series 11 Shares”) for cash, with a redemption date of September 30, 2012. The redemption price will be C$25.00 per Series 11 Share, plus any accrued and unpaid dividends thereon.

Notice of redemption has been sent to all registered holders of the Series 11 Shares. Payment will be made to all beneficial holders of the Series 11 Shares on or after October 1, 2012 through the facilities of CDS & Co., and to all other registered holders on October 1, 2012.

New Issue: BAM FixedReset 4.20%+263

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Brookfield Asset Management has announced:

that it has agreed to issue 8,000,000 Class A Preferred Shares, Series 34 on a bought deal basis to a syndicate of underwriters led by TD Securities Inc., CIBC, RBC Capital Markets and Scotia Capital Inc. for distribution to the public. The Preferred Shares, Series 34 will be issued at a price of CDN$25.00 per share, for aggregate gross proceeds of CDN$200,000,000. Holders of the Preferred Shares, Series 34 will be entitled to receive a cumulative quarterly fixed dividend yielding 4.20% annually for the initial period ending March 31, 2019. Thereafter, the dividend rate will be reset every five years at a rate equal to the 5-year Government of Canada bond yield plus 2.63%.

Brookfield has granted the underwriters an option, exercisable until 48 hours prior to closing, to purchase up to an additional 2,000,000 Preferred Shares, Series 34 which, if exercised, would increase the gross offering size to CDN$250,000,000. The Preferred Shares, Series 34 will be offered in all provinces of Canada by way of a supplement to Brookfield Asset Management’s existing short form base shelf prospectus dated June 7, 2011 as amended on June 13, 2012. The Preferred Shares, Series 34 may not be offered or sold in the United States or to U.S. persons absent registration or an applicable exemption from the registration requirements under the U.S. Securities Act.

Brookfield intends to use the net proceeds of the issue of Preferred Shares, Series 34 to redeem its Class A Preference Shares, Series 11 and for general corporate purposes. The offering of Preferred Shares, Series 34 is expected to close on or about September 12, 2012.

The Series 11 preferred shares that will be redeemed are BAM.PR.I, an OperatingRetractible.

August 22, 2012

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

The SEC has passed some do-gooder rules. The first is bribe-prevention:

The Securities and Exchange Commission today adopted rules mandated by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act requiring resource extraction issuers to disclose certain payments made to the U.S. government or foreign governments.

The types of payments related to commercial development activities that need to be disclosed include:
  • Taxes
  • Royalties
  • Fees (including license fees)
  • Production Entitlements
  • Bonuses
  • Dividends
  • Infrastructure Improvements

The new requirements clarify the types of taxes, fees, bonuses, and dividends that are required to be disclosed. These types of payments generally are consistent with the types of payments that the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative suggests should be disclosed. Congress specifically referenced the EITI in defining “payment” in the law.

The second is about conflict minerals:

The Securities and Exchange Commission today adopted a rule mandated by the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act to require companies to publicly disclose their use of conflict minerals that originated in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) or an adjoining country.

The regulatory reform law directed the Commission to issue rules requiring certain companies to disclose their use of conflict minerals that include tantalum, tin, gold, or tungsten if those minerals are “necessary to the functionality or production of a product” manufactured by those companies. Companies are required to provide this disclosure on a new form to be filed with the SEC called Form SD.

Why the US is so eager to enforce laws for the benefit of other countries is quite beyond me. The Globe points out:

The SEC made a point of detailing the costs of the reforms before voting on both rules. The agency has seen prior rules successfully challenged in court based on allegations it did not adequately weigh costs and benefits.

An SEC official estimated the total industry-wide cost of implementing the new conflict minerals rule for companies would be around $3-billion to $4-billion. The annual cost could run between $206-million and $609-million.

On the resource extraction rule, the SEC pegged initial compliance costs at close to $1-billion, and said ongoing compliance costs could run between $200-million and $400-million.

But what the hell? Compliance is always good, right? and we’ve got lots of money.

But in a world in which it is considered rational to treat trading as a kiddie game, what do I know?

Knight Capital Group Inc. (KCG)’s $440 million loss from a computer malfunction this month highlights the dangers of limiting human input in decisions about canceling trades, according to two industry executives.

Regulators should have discretion to reverse transactions when the outcome puts a firm’s survival at risk, said Neal Wolkoff, former chairman and chief executive officer of the American Stock Exchange and ex-head of ELX Futures LP. They should allow “do-overs” in extreme cases, said R. Cromwell Coulson, CEO of OTC Markets Group Inc. (OTCM) in New York.

It was a mixed day for the Canadian preferred share market, with PerpetualPremiums gaining 7bp, FixedResets off 2bp and DeemedRetractibles up 17bp. Volatility was normal. Volume was low.

PerpetualDiscounts (that wonderful three-constituent index) now yield 4.97%, equivalent to 6.46% interest at the standard equivalency factor of 1.3x. Long corporates now yield about 4.4%, so the pre-tax interest-equivalent spread (in this context, the “Seniority Spread”) is now about 205bp – everything unchanged since August 15!

HIMIPref™ Preferred Indices
These values reflect the December 2008 revision of the HIMIPref™ Indices

Values are provisional and are finalized monthly
Index Mean
Current
Yield
(at bid)
Median
YTW
Median
Average
Trading
Value
Median
Mod Dur
(YTW)
Issues Day’s Perf. Index Value
Ratchet 0.00 % 0.00 % 0 0.00 0 0.3178 % 2,333.1
FixedFloater 0.00 % 0.00 % 0 0.00 0 0.3178 % 3,490.1
Floater 3.12 % 3.16 % 58,389 19.27 3 0.3178 % 2,519.1
OpRet 4.77 % 3.03 % 30,295 0.83 5 -0.0154 % 2,546.9
SplitShare 5.48 % 4.84 % 72,358 4.66 3 0.0400 % 2,801.5
Interest-Bearing 0.00 % 0.00 % 0 0.00 0 -0.0154 % 2,328.9
Perpetual-Premium 5.30 % 2.74 % 95,903 0.40 28 0.0653 % 2,276.9
Perpetual-Discount 4.94 % 4.97 % 99,715 15.48 3 -0.1798 % 2,533.5
FixedReset 4.99 % 3.09 % 172,993 3.94 71 -0.0153 % 2,427.1
Deemed-Retractible 4.94 % 3.32 % 126,122 1.15 46 0.1682 % 2,364.1
Performance Highlights
Issue Index Change Notes
IAG.PR.G FixedReset -1.56 % YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2017-06-30
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 25.30
Bid-YTW : 4.27 %
BAM.PR.M Perpetual-Discount -1.02 % YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Limit Maturity
Maturity Date : 2042-08-22
Maturity Price : 23.92
Evaluated at bid price : 24.20
Bid-YTW : 4.97 %
HSB.PR.C Deemed-Retractible 1.01 % YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2012-09-21
Maturity Price : 25.50
Evaluated at bid price : 26.01
Bid-YTW : -10.09 %
GWO.PR.M Deemed-Retractible 1.55 % YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2015-03-31
Maturity Price : 26.00
Evaluated at bid price : 26.92
Bid-YTW : 4.49 %
Volume Highlights
Issue Index Shares
Traded
Notes
BMO.PR.L Deemed-Retractible 144,169 RBC crossed 134,200 at 27.00.
YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2013-05-25
Maturity Price : 26.00
Evaluated at bid price : 27.00
Bid-YTW : 0.39 %
GWO.PR.H Deemed-Retractible 67,111 RBC crossed two blocks of 30,000 each, both at 25.10.
YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Hard Maturity
Maturity Date : 2022-01-31
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 24.95
Bid-YTW : 5.00 %
MFC.PR.B Deemed-Retractible 41,601 RBC crossed 31,100 at 23.61.
YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Hard Maturity
Maturity Date : 2022-01-31
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 23.62
Bid-YTW : 5.39 %
RY.PR.H Deemed-Retractible 37,350 TD crossed 30,000 at 26.85.
YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2013-05-24
Maturity Price : 26.00
Evaluated at bid price : 26.80
Bid-YTW : 1.26 %
MFC.PR.D FixedReset 32,293 RBC crossed 24,700 at 26.50.
YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2014-06-19
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 26.29
Bid-YTW : 3.42 %
RY.PR.T FixedReset 31,800 TD crossed 25,000 at 26.80.
YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2014-08-24
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 26.79
Bid-YTW : 2.57 %
There were 22 other index-included issues trading in excess of 10,000 shares.
Wide Spread Highlights
Issue Index Quote Data and Yield Notes
BAM.PR.R FixedReset Quote: 26.36 – 26.62
Spot Rate : 0.2600
Average : 0.1838

YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Limit Maturity
Maturity Date : 2042-08-22
Maturity Price : 23.65
Evaluated at bid price : 26.36
Bid-YTW : 3.71 %

MFC.PR.D FixedReset Quote: 26.29 – 26.50
Spot Rate : 0.2100
Average : 0.1442

YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2014-06-19
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 26.29
Bid-YTW : 3.42 %

IAG.PR.F Deemed-Retractible Quote: 26.40 – 26.65
Spot Rate : 0.2500
Average : 0.1887

YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Call
Maturity Date : 2015-03-31
Maturity Price : 26.00
Evaluated at bid price : 26.40
Bid-YTW : 4.84 %

BMO.PR.Q FixedReset Quote: 25.52 – 25.74
Spot Rate : 0.2200
Average : 0.1593

YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Hard Maturity
Maturity Date : 2022-01-31
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 25.52
Bid-YTW : 2.93 %

GWO.PR.N FixedReset Quote: 24.30 – 24.52
Spot Rate : 0.2200
Average : 0.1622

YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Hard Maturity
Maturity Date : 2022-01-31
Maturity Price : 25.00
Evaluated at bid price : 24.30
Bid-YTW : 3.54 %

BAM.PR.M Perpetual-Discount Quote: 24.20 – 24.39
Spot Rate : 0.1900
Average : 0.1364

YTW SCENARIO
Maturity Type : Limit Maturity
Maturity Date : 2042-08-22
Maturity Price : 23.92
Evaluated at bid price : 24.20
Bid-YTW : 4.97 %