For Asian investors searching for returns across emerging markets, the GCC has long been considered a relatively low-risk, higher-yielding option. But with geopolitical tensions reaching a boiling point, and a number of GCC states fiscally exposed to oil price swings, former safe havens could become a riskier bet.
Donald Trump’s willingness to replace long-term global political planning in favour of short-term political opportunism marks a departure from 70-odd years of US foreign policy. In a nutshell, after a long line of US presidents worked hard to build global political capital and the Trump Administration has now decided to spend it. What does this mean for investors and policy makers in other countries, including EM?
Chinese lending and investment to Latin America has exploded over the past two decades, with China consequently becoming the region’s largest creditor. But the scope and scale of Chinese activity is changing as it looks to invest in new sectors and countries, raising questions about its long-term presence in the region.
Malaysia has been pioneering the sustainable Islamic finance market well before the country’s 2014 launch of the Sustainable and Responsible investment (SRI) Sukuk framework. Zainal Izlan Zainal Abidin, Deputy Chief Executive of Malaysia’s Securities Commission, says the country needs to build on the seven SRI sukuk issued to date and pull more borrowers from the private sector into the sustainable finance market while ensuring demand from investors.
The sovereign issuer overcame a highly challenging political landscape, culminating in a political crisis, to secure a significant quantum of international funding to support its ailing economy.
The South East Asian sovereign returned to market with its second green sukuk issuance in 12 months. The dual tranche conventional/green sukuk issue saw USD7bn worth of orders from high quality accounts and tightened 30bp and 45bp inside the initial guidance.
The ASEAN economy opened up the 2019 EM sovereign bond season with an impressive USD1.5bn placement, but generous spending plans for the infrastructure push and a reshuffle atop the Central Bank risk blowing the Philippines’ deficit out of control – unless capital inflows catch up.
A default in September 2018 at infrastructure conglomerate and non-bank lender IL&FS cascaded across India’s financial sector in ways that are still being felt today, cutting off many non-bank financial companies – which account for more than a quarter of India’s domestic lending – from wholesale funding markets, and putting the brakes on the segment’s hitherto remarkable growth. Linking up with their conventional banking peers could help NBFCs address their structural dependence on wholesale funding and improve the quality of banks’ assets.
Whether in terms of trade, commerce, or cultural linkages, Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) states have become increasingly diverse in their international ties over the past decade – with those linking the region to Asia emerging as one of the most critical corridors of economic activity. But how can GCC borrowers capitalise on emerging funding opportunities brought about by these deepening relationships?
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12 Jul 2019