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Guest Post: Understanding the role and risks of AT1bonds in India

Updated: Sep 8, 2023


Over the past few years, AT1 bonds (Additional Tier 1) have become a popular instrument in

financial market. They are complex and unique instruments. These bonds are a vital part of the

capital structure for banks, and they offer attractive returns to investors. Understanding AT1 bonds,

however, is essential for investors and financial institutions due to their complexity and unique risks.

This blog will explore the meaning, features and risks of AT1 bonds and their investment potential.

What are AT1 Bonds?

AT1 bonds are debt instruments issued by Indian banks to raise capital or meet Basel III regulatory

capital requirements. AT1 bonds are perpetual and do not have a fixed maturity date like traditional

bonds. These quasi-equity bonds are positioned between equity and debt within a bank's capital

structure. The "Additional Level 1" is the first level in supplementary capital required to absorb

financial losses during times of stress.

AT1 Bonds: Features

Investors looking to add AT1 bonds to their portfolios must understand AT1 bonds' features. These

features include coupon payments, the ability to skip interest payments at your discretion, call

options and trigger events. These features will be explained, along with their impact on investors.

AT1 Bonds: Their role in the capital structure of banks

AT1 bonds are vital in helping banks maintain a sufficient regulatory capital base and allowing them

to absorb losses when economic conditions are challenging. Banks can raise capital by issuing AT1

Bonds without affecting shareholders' ownership. This section will examine how these bonds help to maintain stability and resilience in the banking sector.

AT1 Bonds: Risk and Return Profile

Investors who are looking for a steady income will find AT1 bonds attractive. They also carry specific

risks because of their permanent nature and loss-absorption characteristics. Investors should be

aware of the credit, interest rate, and non-payment risks for discretionary coupons. We will give you

some insights on how to evaluate the risk and return profiles of AT1 bonds.

Changes to the Regulatory Framework

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) regulations govern the issuance and management of Indian AT1 bonds.

Investors should be aware of recent regulatory changes that could impact AT1 bonds. This section

will highlight the regulatory aspects of AT1 bonds in India.

Should you invest in AT1 Bonds?

Although AT1 bonds may offer attractive yields, these bonds are not for everyone. This section helps

readers determine whether AT1 bonds fit their financial goals, risk tolerance and overall strategy. We

will also cover alternative investments for those uncomfortable with the risks associated with AT1



AT1 bonds are a vital part of the Indian financial system. They provide banks with a way to boost

their regulatory capital while offering investors a chance to earn attractive returns. To invest in these

bonds, you must first understand their features, risks, and regulatory guidelines. To make an

informed decision, you should conduct due diligence before investing and get professional advice.

Investors can confidently navigate the AT1 bond market if they know the risks and complexities.

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