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13 Oct 2017   Macro, Currencies, Policy, Asia Pacific

Will the PBOC Reforms Cause More Harm than Good?

As China’s Central Bank rolls out fresh reforms with the purpose of redirecting financing to sectors where credit is usually scarce, some investors question if now is the time to boost borrowing in China.

Middle East Credit Markets Brief: 27 September – 11 October

Syndicated lending in EMEA down 9% to USD610bn in 2017 – Abu Dhabi’s USD10bn bond 3x oversubscribed – UAE’s Ajman Bank secures USD200mn syndicated Islamic loan – UAE banks looking to ditch Qatari assets over GCC rift – Saudi Aramco on course to complete IPO in 2018 – Saudi Arabia issues USD12.5bn international bond – Qatar mulling USD9-11bn bond sale

Off the Record: Middle East DCM Must Evolve to Prosper in Challenging Times

As the annual Bonds, Loans & Sukuk Middle East Awards approaches, we discuss some of the themes emerging behind the scenes in Middle East debt capital markets, looking at concerns voiced by bankers, investors and CFOs in private discussions as well as the opportunities on the horizon for foreign FIs and investors looking to delve deeper into the region.

Russia, CIS, Europe & Turkey Credit Markets Brief: 21 September- 5 October

B&N and Otkrite to merge – Sberbank to withdraw from some European countries – Sibur issued a USD500mn bond – Armenia holds rates – Slovenia places a EUR700mn bond – Turkey to issue gold-backed instruments – Yields on Spain’s bonds spike after referendum

Africa Credit Markets Brief: 20 September – 04 October

African Development Bank tapped the international markets – South Africa issued dollar bonds worth USD2.5bn – NPLs rise in Nigeria – Nigeria raises NGN105.87 through maiden sovereign sukuk - Kenya Airways is looking to restructure debt – Ghana holds rates – Zimbabwe gets a USD600mn credit line from Afreximbank

Newsworthy Times for Russia’s Private Banks

While most investors and the Bank of Russia expected to focus much of their attention for the remainder of 2017 on an impressive rebound in the country’s economic prospects, a series of challenges at some of Russia’s lenders – small, medium and large – have forced the world’s gaze onto the cracks emerging underneath its financial system.

Latin America Credit Markets Brief: 14 September – 28 September

The Fed slows rate hikes – AT&T mulls LatAm payTV divestment – Amazon Inc. to build gigantic Mexican distribution warehouse – Mexico quake to trim GDP by 0.1-0.3% - Petrobras completes swap – Temer’s approval ratings at all-time low – Argentina outlook mixed, current account data suggests – Peru lowers policy rate for third time in 2017 – Venezuela running out of fiscal room – Chile MinFin says public spending to grow 3% in 2018

Middle East Credit Markets Brief: 13 September – 27 September

GCC bonds soften on FOMC tone – Saudi Arabia pushes forward with local sukuk sales – Emaar secures syndi loan – UAE Central Bank soaks up additional liquidity – Nebras prices landmark deal – QIC pulls out of UAE amid diplomatic rift – Egypt plans more Eurobonds – Bahrain prices triple-trancher – Iran makes headway on gov’t spending transparency – Lebanon passes crucial tax reforms – OOECP, Mazoon Dairy ink new deals

Developing the NPL Secondary Market in Latin America

Though Latin American lenders have developed sophisticated risk management practices, which have allowed them to successfully manage economic headwinds, they still trail behind lenders in more developed markets when it comes to efficiently offloading NPLs off their books and developing the secondary NPL market.

Markets Tense Up as Justice Rules Kenyan Election Void

The Supreme Court decision to invalidate the results of Kenya's 8 August election has been hailed as an impressive victory for democracy in Africa. But as the candidates gear up for a new poll, risks of potential public discontent and even a constitutional crisis pose difficult questions for regulators and the markets alike.

 

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