Stock exchanges play a crucial role as an intermediary between investors and issuers, but their role in the sustainable finance market – as platform and infrastructure providers, as facilitators of cross-market standards development, and as educators bringing visibility to new asset classes – is so much wider than that. We speak with Robert Scharfe, CEO of the Luxembourg Stock Exchange, a leader in sustainable finance with over half of the world’s green bonds listed on its exchange, on how to attract more investors and borrowers to the market.
MUFG has a wealth of expertise in energy and natural resource infrastructure finance, which lends itself quite nicely to understanding how to measure risk in areas ripe for green bonds and similar instruments, and the bank is of course very active in bringing borrowers into the green bond market. We speak with Geraint Thomas, Executive Director at MUFG and leader of the bank’s green capital markets activity to learn more about how EM issuers and investors are finding their way in the green bond market, and the development of new sustainable finance instruments.
The rally in EM assets this year seems all but unstoppable as investors continue hunting for yield further afield amidst persistently low interest rates in developed markets and a weakened US dollar. Is it set to continue? Bonds and Loans speaks with global investors one-on-one about macro trends influencing EM debt capital markets.
Qatar files complaint to WTO over GCC boycott – Dana Gas cancels its offer to exchange outstanding US$700mn sukuk – Iraq taps international markets with US$1bn bond - Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) prices a US$2.3bn triple-tranche bond - ADCB raised US$320mn through 5-year Formosa bond - Al Hilal Bank issues US$100mn bond
When it became apparent, after the collapse of Lehman Brothers, that the global economy was encountering something more than just an ordinary downturn, most market observers were certain they knew what was in store for emerging markets. After all, the three decades prior to 2008 were littered with crises in developing economies from Mexico to Malaysia. Still, while the worst never came to pass for EMs after 2008, a huge liquidity mismatch has persisted since.
The long awaited “Bond Connect” program linking the Hong Kong and mainland Chinese markets has finally launched. Even though it was initially received with warm welcome by investors, some experts believe that on its own it won’t be enough to make global players give the local Chinese markets the desired recognition.
The regulations put in place after the financial crisis of 2007/2008 forced banks to keep their books in check, ultimately helping them to become healthier institutions. However, as the global economy stabilized, some experts are starting to question the necessity of these new laws, as the regulatory framework takes a dent in banks’ profits.
The court’s decision to award the oil pipeline monopoly RUB67bn in compensation for an options trade originating in 2014 could take a trillion-rouble toll on the country’s secondary markets.
As investors continue to flock to the nascent but growing green bond market, many still struggle to gain deep insight into the ‘greenness’ of different instruments, one of the key obstacles holding the market back.
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