The term “Yankee market” refers to the market in the United States for securities issued by foreign governments, institutions, or companies. This includes bonds known as Yankee bonds, which are debt securities issued by non-U.S. entities but denominated in U.S. dollars and sold to American investors. The Yankee market allows foreign entities to raise capital from U.S. investors, offering them access to the vast and liquid financial markets of the United States. These securities must comply with the regulations set by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and other relevant U.S. financial authorities.

The use of “Yankee market” highlights the prominence and influence of the U.S. stock market on the global financial stage. As it attracts investors from various countries seeking opportunities and exposure to American companies.

Konstantin Vasilev, member Bard of Directors, Cbonds

In Simpler Terms

Think of a local bookstore that starts selling books from international authors that aren’t available anywhere else in town. For the authors, it’s a chance to reach new readers; for the locals, it’s an opportunity to explore new stories and perspectives. Similarly, the Yankee market opens up opportunities for U.S. investors to diversify their portfolios with foreign securities and for foreign issuers to raise capital from one of the world’s largest investor bases.