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MUFG: System for Incentivising Investors Needed for Climate Bonds Uptake

Asia remains one of the leading regions for climate bond issuance in emerging markets globally, driven by both strong political will to transition towards a cleaner economy and, more fundamentally, a deep need for long-term infrastructure investment. We speak with Shyam Saraf, Director, DCM at MUFG, about how Asia’s climate bond sector is evolving to tackle the infrastructure gap.

Green Sukuk: The Nexus of Islamic Finance and ESG

Despite its reputation as a heavy emitter of greenhouse gasses, Indonesia’s green sukuk was hailed as a game changer for both Islamic and ESG investing. Luky Alfirman, Director General of Budget Financing and Risk Management, Ministry of Finance in Indonesia believes its inaugural transaction in February is the first of many to come as the government looks to double down on its commitment to climate change mitigation.

Pakistan: The Math of Khan

In Crucial Test for Khan, Pakistan Searches for Ways to Rebalance the Economic Numbers – but Will They Add Up?

A US-China Trade Dispute May Be Good for Latin America

Latin America may have more to gain than lose in a U.S.-China trade dispute, so long as it does not spiral into a recession-provoking trade war, writes John Price.

CASE STUDY: Emirate of Sharjah Brings Rare RMB2bn Panda to Middle East Market

The trailblazing issuance by the state government could open doors to China’s onshore market to other Middle East issuers as part of the “Bond Connect” initiative.

Corporate Borrowers in India: Stuck Between a Thin Bond Market and Tightening Banks

Corporate borrowing in India is set to get a lot more challenging as investors search for higher coupons and banks tighten up their lending practices following a build-up of non-performing loans, according to analysts. It is unclear whether even the country’s largest corporates are immune to the sandwiching of rising interest rates and a banking sector in flux.

EM Bond Outlook: Better 2H 2018 Expected

It has been a tough start to the year for emerging market bonds, but things are looking up as we head into 2H 2018 – you just need to know where to look.

Trump’s Trade War with China: Impact on EM FX and Rates

US President Donald Trump unilaterally started the trade war with China and he shows no signs of letting up. His policies on trade mark a major departure from America’s long-standing commitment to free markets. The combination of protectionist measures and fiscal profligacy is likely to further increase the challenges faced by American companies in their quest to compete internationally by pushing up the real effective exchange rate.

SkyWorld Development CFO on Issuing Malaysia’s First Musharakah Sukuk, IPO Plans, and Reform

Malaysia is currently in the midst of significant political change, and the country’s borrowers seem optimistic about the renewed urgency around fiscal reform. We speak with Andy Leong Chain Hong, CFO of SkyWorld Development Group, a leading property developer in Malaysia, about the direction of the economy following the country’s landmark elections, and discuss the company’s pioneering Musharakah sukuk.

Maybank Islamic Banking Chief: “Projected global sukuk demand outstrips supply”

With demand for sukuk rising steadily in recent years, Bonds & Loans speaks with Dato’ Mohamed Rafique Merican, Group Head and Islamic Banking CEO at Maybank Islamic Berhad, about the risks and opportunities in the market, green sukuk, and the growing involvement of Asian investors in MENA debt markets.

 

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