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Liquidity Concerns – Not Solvency – Driving Fixed-Income Pricing - Eaton Vance

As demand for dollars worldwide soars, cracks and dislocations are appearing in various markets including fixed income, which has seen a huge liquidity drain despite largely unchanged fundamentals.

25 Mar 2020

City of Tshwane Defaults on Bond – Nedbank

On 24th March, the City of Teshwane Metropolitan Municipality, a local government municipality covering Pretoria and the surrounding areas, defaulted on a ZAR5.5bn local currency medium-term note. According to Jones Gondo, Senior Credit Analyst, and Nthulleng Mphahlele, Analyst at Nedbank, it is a technical default caused by government issues.

25 Mar 2020

Emerging Market Corporate Defaults Unlikely to Reach 2008/9 Levels - Bank of Singapore

Investors concerned about a global financial crisis-style blowout in emerging market corporate spreads may be pleasantly surprised as a number of technical and fundamental factors leave the asset class in a much stronger position than was the case over a decade ago, according to Bank of Singapore analysts.

25 Mar 2020

Mexico Growth Outlook Sinks as Focus Shifts to Healthcare, Support for Most Vulnerable

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to generate a significant GDP contraction, BBVA analysis indicates, as care and support for the most vulnerable should be given priority over immediate fiscal objectives.

25 Mar 2020

The Gambia Secures USD47.1mn in Credit from IMF

The Gambia has secured a USD47.1mn extended credit facility (ECF) from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) this week, with the proceeds from the funding going towards the development of policies to help contain the spread of COVID-19 and mitigate its economic impact.

24 Mar 2020

UAE Bank to See Asset Quality Weaken – Fitch Ratings

The impact of the coronavirus is being felt by countries and sectors worldwide, but the UAE is particularly sensitive as key sectors like oil & gas and logistics feel the disruption more severely. For the country’s banking sector, the pandemic looks set to place additional pressure on banks’ credit profiles by reducing asset quality, according to a note from Fitch Ratings.

24 Mar 2020

Looking Past the Pandemic: Where Will the Opportunities Lie?

The advent of the COVID-19 pandemic has derailed the outlook of investors worldwide as growth and trade grind to a halt. With no clear end to the crisis in sight, many are increasingly bearish. But according to Hani Redha, Multi Asset Portfolio Manager at Pinebridge Investments, if investors look past what is likely a temporary downturn, then there are opportunities in the distance.

24 Mar 2020

Fiscal Stimulus Seen Putting Pressure on Credit Ratings Globally – RenCap

As most of emerging and developed markets announce massive fiscal stimulus packages to compliment monetary policy easing in efforts to contain the fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, mass credit downgrades are likely to follow, Renaissance Capital analysts warn.

24 Mar 2020

Which SSA Economies are Most Vulnerable to COVID-19?

Africa appears so far – at least according to official statistics – to have contained the spread of COVID-19, with SSA reporting fewer than 300 confirmed cases. But this does not mean the region will be able to ride out the storm and avoid the economic and health impact seen elsewhere.

24 Mar 2020

Indonesia Inks USD300mn Financial Reform Deal with World Bank

The World Bank has approved a USD300mn loan deal with Indonesia that will see the South Asian country fund financial sector reforms.

23 Mar 2020

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