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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

With Widescale Chinese Debt Forgiveness in Africa Unlikely, Focus Shifts to Vulnerable Debtors

China has signalled its willingness to provide debt service relief alongside the G20 by signing onto the landmark agreement in April, a crucial tailwind for several Sub-Saharan African countries. But with wholesale debt forgiveness unlikely and debt reprofiling renegotiations potentially stretching on much longer than expected, attention is now shifting to some of the region’s more vulnerable…

21 May 2020

Sri Lanka’s Central Bank Says the Government Can and Will Pay its Bills, but Investors Aren’t as Certain

The Sri Lankan government has gone on the defensive to counter market speculation about whether unaffordable debt levels and a rapid erosion of its economic fundamentals in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic will lead to a default.

21 May 2020

OPEC+ Production Cuts Will Place Additional Strain on Nigeria’s Economy

Adhering to the recently agreed OPEC+ oil production cuts will only deepen Nigeria’s economic problems and exacerbate its difficulties with external finances, according to a recent report by Fitch Ratings. Whilst liquidity provided by multilaterals will help ease some pressures in the short-term, macroeconomic strains will continue.

20 May 2020

Abu Dhabi Dips Back into April Triple-Trancher to Raise USD3bn

The emirate of Abu Dhabi raised USD3bn from global investors this week in a retap of three bonds issued just one month ago.

20 May 2020

Scotiabank Says Brazil’s Lessez-Fair Lockdown Could Bring Long-Term Pain for Short-Term Gain

As Brazilian retail sales surprise on the upside, analysts at Scotiabank warn that lack of a clear policy and lessez-fair domestic lockdown could lead to a long and difficult recession down the road.

20 May 2020

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