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Retail, Institutional Investors Head in Opposite Directions on EM Debt

Net fund flows into emerging market debt were flat for the week ending May 27, with investors continuing to favour hard currency debt over local assets.

2 Jun 2020

Bips & Pieces Global Economics and Markets

Fall in SAMA’s Reserves Due to Asset Transfer to PIF – Goldman Sachs

April saw foreign exchange reserves at the Saudi Arabian Monetary Authority (SAMA) continue to fall by an additional USD24.7bn, with the total decline over March and April now totalling some USD48.7bn. This was largely due to a liquidity injection into the Public Investment Fund (PIF).

2 Jun 2020

Chile Follows Peru in Securing USD23.9bn Two-Year Credit Line from IMF

The IMF has approved a USD23.93bn two-year credit line for Chile, the latest Latin American country to turn to the multilateral agency for help bolstering fiscal buffers in a bid to mitigate the negative effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

1 Jun 2020

Peru Secures USD11bn Two-Year Credit Line from IMF

The IMF has approved a USD11bn flexible credit line with the Peru to help the Latin American nation cushion the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on its economy.

29 May 2020

GCC Debt Sees Strong Demand in Q2 But Worsening Outlook Raises Alarms

GCC sovereign bond issuance surged to USD26bn and attracted more than USD140bn in demand through the second quarter of this year as the region’s governments flocked to international markets to cover deficits sent wider by lower oil prices and depressed economic activity. Some analysts say investors should not be so quick to shrug off some of the macroeconomic pressures weighing on the region.

29 May 2020

Spike in Airline Debt to Weigh on Sector's Recovery

A recent report from the International Air Transport Association (IATA) notes that the global debt of the airline industry could climb by 28% to USD550bn by end 2020 – a USD120bn increase from the start of the year.

28 May 2020

Intellidex: South Africa Should Issue a Social Bond to Finance Pandemic Support

South Africa should explore the possibility of issuing a social bond to help finance programmes aimed at countering the impact of COVID-19, according to a recent paper published by a group of economists.

28 May 2020

LATAM Airlines Follows Avianca in Seeking Bankruptcy Protection, Debt Restructuring

LATAM Airlines announced this week that it would seek bankruptcy protection and restructure its debt after a steep fall in regional and global passengers due to coronavirus-related lockdowns left the company struggling to maintain cashflows and pay off maturing debt.

27 May 2020

Philippines gets USD400mn from ADB to Boost Capital Markets, Infrastructure Development

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a USD400mn loan for the Philippines this week, with the proceeds going towards supporting a range of policy initiatives including the development of domestic capital markets and infrastructure-linked debt.

26 May 2020

BlackRock: Financial Performance Link to Sustainability in Times of Crisis is About People

ESG-tilted portfolios and assets have outperformed their non-sustainable counterparts through much of the recent market turbulence, according to MSCI and other index and data providers. In a recent paper, BlackRock says a positive correlation between ESG and performance appears strongest for firms that prioritise people.

26 May 2020

Jordan Secures USD396mn from IMF to Tackle Rising COVID-19 Costs

The IMF has approved USD396mn in fresh funding for Jordan as the Kingdom looks for additional support to plug a growing fiscal deficit stretched even wider by the coronavirus pandemic.

22 May 2020

Nigeria Opens Subscriptions for NGN150bn Sukuk as Shift to Local Market Funding Accelerates

Nigeria’s debt management office (DMO) has opened the book on a NGN150bn (approx. USD385mn) sukuk, part of the government’s wider efforts to shift back to domestic markets for funding in a bid to help relieve pressure on foreign currency reserves.

22 May 2020

External Financing Risks to Turkish Banking Sector ‘Manageable’ - ING

As Turkey braces for the economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis, the banking sector looks likely to be called to play a larger role in facilitating the government’s stimulus plans. But despite a recent spike in NPLs and foreign exchange pressures, the risks to the country’s banks appear manageable, according to a recent report by Oleksiy Soroka, Senior High Yield Credit Strategist at ING.

22 May 2020

Moody's: G20 Debt Suspension Will Only Marginally Ease Pressures on EM Economies

The decision to suspect debt payment on debt to some of the world’s poorest economies will only marginally ease pressures on financing, according to a recent report from Moody’s Investors Service.

22 May 2020

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