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2 Oct 2017   Africa

As Ghana Dances with IMF, Questions Around Regaining Investor Trust Resurface

Ghana’s woes have been featured a lot in the press over the last years. One could summarise it as a country which, having found oil, was soon confronted with the demons that might come with such sudden access to wealth. The government’s overspending, and increasing borrowing on the back of future oil revenues, pushed the country towards the edge of insolvency when the commodity cycle turned. While the country seems to be on the mend, the critical question now is whether the government can regain investors’ trust.

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.

Exploring the Next Frontier in the GCC Capital Markets: Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s emergence in the international capital markets, first through the sovereign’s US$17.5bn conventional bond followed months later by its US$9bn sukuk, has the potential to herald one of the biggest shifts the region’s markets have seen in years.

CASE STUDY: Cape Town Wins Race to Issue Africa’s First Municipal Green Bond

The City of Cape Town successfully placed ZAR1bn in new green bonds this Summer to fund a raft of sustainability initiatives in the city, proving once again that cities are a natural fit for sustainable finance instruments.

Exchanges Play a Crucial Role in Developing the Sustainable Finance Market

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.

Benefits, Standards, and Price Harmonisation in the Sustainable Finance 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.

Off the Record: Global Investors On Concerns and Opportunities in Emerging Market Debt

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.

Paraguay’s New Finance Minister on Developing the Local Capital Markets and Green Bonds

Paraguay’s nascent capital markets sprang to life this year off the back of the country’s first cross-border bond sale in four years, part of the government’s strategy to develop the local market. The country’s industrial base and infrastructure ambitions also positions Paraguay very well for the green bond market, potentially opening the South American country up to vast new pools of liquidity. Bonds & Loans speaks with Lea Giménez, the country’s recently appointed Minister of Finance, on this and more.

Fear and Loathing in Emerging Markets: EM Investing After the Crisis

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.

Signal Versus Noise: The Case of Brazil

Brazil offers a good example which illustrates the difference between signal and noise in investing. A complete mess from a journalistic perspective, Brazil has been one of the best investments in global fixed income markets and continues to offer an attractive investment proposition. We examine why countries with so much bad news can be such excellent investments.

 

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