After a slow start to the quarter, U.S. financial institutions hurried to tap the debt capital markets last week.

The group of deals, and the few more expected for this week, is notable because it comes as investors have been cool to bond deals - including those offered by blue-chip financial institutions - in light of the Fed's series of interest rate increases. This has forced many financial institutions to delay raising capital or to take out shorter-term debt, which tends to be more easily accepted by risk-averse investors.

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