Credit Suisse Bond Wipeout Threatens $250 Billion Market
Credit Suisse Group AG's emergency merger with UBS Group AG will wipe out the bank's riskiest bonds, rattling investors in the quarter-trillion-dollar market for similar bank debt. About 16 billion Swiss francs, or about $17.3 billion, of the bank's additional tier 1 bonds will be completely written down, Switzerland's financial regulator, Finma, said in a Sunday statement. Credit Suisse also said it was informed by Finma that the bonds would be "written off to zero." European and Asian AT1s fell Monday with one of the bonds issued by HSBC Holdings PLC dropping 8% to 88 cents on the dollar in heavy trading. A roughly $1 billion AT1 exchange-traded fund from Invesco dropped 8.7%, while a similar ETF from WisdomTree slid 6.3% in recent trading.