HSBC sees record 2013 sales on yield
Sukuk sales in 2013 will pick up speed to beat last year’s record because of the relative resilience of Islamic debt to surging global bond yields, said HSBC Holdings plc and Deutsche Bank AG, the top two underwriters. Issuance will reach US$55 billion to US$60 billion (RM191.88 billion), from US$46.5 billion in 2012. The prospect of the Federal Reserve tapering its monetary stimulus has pushed the average yield on global sukuk up 68 basis points this month to 4.06% on Monday. That compares to an 110 basis point increase to 6.17% for emerging-market debt. The Shariah market has many “buy-and-hold” investors, reducing price swings. The high borrowing costs in the conventional markets contributed heavily to the current growth of Shariah-compliant sales.