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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.

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.

Pro-Western Stans: Central Asian Republics Mulling Capital Markets Push

Just a few years ago, barely any debt capital markets investors would have paid much attention to regions like Central Asia and the CIS. Yet with overwhelming demand for sovereign notes issued by the likes of Belarus and Tajikistan, regular issues from Kazakhstan and a highly anticipated debut Eurobond from Uzbekistan, the region is putting itself on the EM fixed income map.

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.

Blockchain and the Capital Markets: A Love Story

Driven by the need for greater transparency and efficiency, blockchain is making its first inroads into the capital markets and bank operations more broadly. The technology could be a gamechanger for emerging markets, according to CFOs and analysts.

 

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