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19 Apr 2018   Macro, Ratings, Currencies, Policy, Africa

SWOT Analysis: Nigeria, West Africa’s Largest Market

In advance of our Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Nigeria 2018 conference and forthcoming special report on the region, Bonds & Loans met with a broad range of local finance leaders in order to get a sense of the risks and opportunities on the horizon.

Colombia Sees Improving Internal, External Economic Conditions

Colombia's Central Bank Governor Juan José Echavarría speaks with Bonds & Loans about the economy, interest rates, and blockchain.

Brown Brothers Harriman: Emerging Markets Preview for the Week Ahead

EM FX was mixed Friday, capping a mixed week as a whole. COP, CLP, and MXN were the best performers last week, while RUB, BRL, and TRY were the worst. While concerns about trade wars and Syrian missile strikes have ebbed, risks to EM remain elevated. US retail sales Monday and Fed Beige Book Wednesday are the economic highlights this week.

GCC Corporates Adapt to New Normal – but Hopes for Bond Market Revolution Could be Dashed

Gulf sovereigns tapped the debt market on an unprecedented scale over the past couple of years as banking liquidity tightened and the hunt for yield pushed investors into new territory, setting the stage for more non-financial corporate bond issuance and a huge funding culture shift among the region’s enterprises. But there may be reason to believe what began to be seen as a funding revolution in the region could be stopped in its tracks.

Yes, Brazil Has an Agenda

Pre-candidates to the Presidency slowly reveal their vision about economic policies. As one might suspect, there is good and bad news.

Former Lebanese Minister of Economy Nasser Saidi on Five Themes to Dominate Middle East in 2018

US and EU monetary policy normalisation, the price of oil, and the pace of economic transformation are top of mind for many following the GCC, but the key risks – and opportunities – present in the region are both deeper and wider than is often appreciated.

SWOT Analysis: Kenya, East Africa’s Largest Market

In advance of our Bonds, Loans & Sukuk East Africa 2018 conference and forthcoming special report on the region, Bonds & Loans visited the region to meet with a broad range of finance leaders in order to get a sense of the risks and opportunities on the horizon.

The War on Trade: How US Protectionism Threatens Global Stability

The US has taken unilateral action to start a potential trade war with China. This is a policy mistake of gigantic proportions resting on a misunderstanding about how open economies work. The direction of US economic policy contrasts sharply with Chinese policies and we expect only a measured, proportional and targeted response from China, which will remain open to deeper trading ties with third countries, explains Ashmore's Jan Dehn.

On the Ground, Off the Record in Africa: Public Debt Access, ESG, and Reform

Will 2018 see more African corporates tap into the public debt market? Are green bonds, sukuk, and other alternative fixed income structures likely to grow in prominence across the continent this year? And will political reversals in some of the region’s largest economies be matched by deep reform? Bonds & Loans spoke with dozens of borrowers, investors, bankers and government representatives at Africa’s largest debt capital markets conference – Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Africa – to get a sense of the key trends likely to dominate the region’s credit markets over the coming year.

SWOT Analysis: Projects, ECA and Structured Finance in MENA

In advance of our Project, ECA and Structured Finance Middle East & Africa 2018 conference and forthcoming special report on the subject, Bonds & Loans visited the region to meet with a broad range of finance leaders in order to gain a sense of the risks and opportunities on the horizon.

 

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