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Saudi Arabia Prices Triple-Trancher, Leaving a Few Bips on the Table

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia hit the market for the first time in 2020 to place USD5bn in bonds across three tranches, including a 35-year tranche – the country’s longest to date.

22 Jan 2020

Middle East Deals Bips & Pieces

Regulatory Shifts May Help Boost Islamic Banking in the Philippines

New guidelines released by The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) could pave the way for new sukuk issuance in one of ASEAN’s fastest growing economies.

22 Jan 2020

China Showing Signs of Economic Recovery is Positive for Emerging Markets

Real GDP growth in China is starting to show signs of stabilisation, with the latest print showing output stayed steady at 6% in 4Q2019 and a raft of other indicators surprising on the upside.

22 Jan 2020

RUB to Face Downward Pressure due to Balance of Payments - ING

Tepid balance of payments figures in Russia are contributing to a shrinking current account surplus, which will place downward pressure on the ruble, according to a report from ING.

22 Jan 2020

CDC Group Inks USD400mn in New Deals As UK-Africa Investment Summit Kicks Off

UK-based development finance institution CDC Group has announced a raft of new deals with Africa-based counterparts totally USD400mn, mostly to support small and medium-sized businesses across the continent.

21 Jan 2020

Iran, Iraq, Libya, Key Geopolitical Risks to Oil Price - PIMCO

The past year has seen a number of geopolitical tensions flare up that could potentially impede oil production in a number of key producing countries, according to a recent note from PIMCO.

21 Jan 2020

Surprise IsBank USD750mn Issue Opens Up Turkish Bond Markets in 2019

It was the first subordinated bond by a Turkish FI this year.

21 Jan 2020

Niger State Looks to Borrow up to NGN25bn to Capital Markets

Niger State Governor Alhaji Abubakar Bello has written to the House of Assembly to request legislative approval to issue up to NGN25bn (approx. USD69mn) in sukuk.

21 Jan 2020

Armenian Economy Went from Strength to Strength in 2019 – RAEX

In affirming its positive outlook and BB- rating for Armenia, the agency praised the fiscal stabilisation and a fall in public debt of one of the smaller economies in the CIS.

20 Jan 2020

US-China Trade, Global Protests, Cybersecurity Will Dominate Risks in 2020 – BlackRock

US-China trade tensions, global protests and cybersecurity are amongst the top three geopolitical risks to face markets in 2020, according to BlackRock.

20 Jan 2020

Green Funding tops USD255mn for 2019 – but Beyond China, EMs Still a Small Slice of the Pie

Certified green funding volumes – including both bonds and loans – came in at USD254.9bn for 2019, according to new research from the Climate Bonds Initiative, a 50% rise on 2018 volumes. But outside China, emerging markets still see fairly low issuance of green or sustainability-linked instruments.

20 Jan 2020

Tepid Macro Backdrop To Weigh on South African Banks in 2020 – UBS

Despite a relatively positive outlook for EM banking sectors loan growth in 2020, a troubling macro backdrop will continue to weigh on the sector in South Africa throughout 2020, according to a recent report from UBS.

17 Jan 2020

US Trade Deal with China: Phase One Is Signed Off, What Next?

The presidential seals on the deal are not even dry, but concerns about feasibility of some of the new agreement’s key aspects are already rising, ING Bank analysts suggest.

17 Jan 2020

Issuers Shrug Off Geopolitical Risk as Investors Pile into GCC Bonds, Sukuk

A slew of GCC borrowers have moved to sell bonds and sukuk to global investors a further sign that regional borrowers and capital holders remain unperturbed by any perceived escalation in geopolitical risk.

17 Jan 2020

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