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Engie Energia Heats Up Chile Bond Markets with USD400mn Bond

It is the latest in a series of bond deals out of the Andean region, as investors seem unfaced by the social protests engulfing one of Latin America’s most successful economies.

16 Jan 2020

How EM Corporate Debt Came to Out-Perform US High Yield – TCW

The past decade has seen emerging market corporate debt come into its own as an asset class, on the back of diversification, growth, and relative valuations. US-based investor TCW analyses some of the reasons that EM corproate debt has diverged from US high yield, to become one of the highest yielding asset classes of 2019.

16 Jan 2020

Masdar to Launch UAE’s First Green REIT

Abu Dhabi-based renewable energy firm Masdar said this week that it plans to launch a sustainable real estate investment trust (REIT) and list the instrument on the Abu Dhabi Global Market.

16 Jan 2020

Brazil, India, Indonesia and China to Drive EM Bank Loans in 2020

UBS analysts predict a strong rebound in credit impulse for EM lenders, with earnings forecast to rise to their highest levels since 2012.

16 Jan 2020

World’s Largest Economies Enjoy Falling Unemployment as Wage Growth Stagnates

Brazil was the only country to buck the trend, after seeing a substantial rise in unemployment over the past five years.

16 Jan 2020

Nigeria’s Buhari Signs 2019 Finance Bill into Law

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has ratified a 2019 finance bill that will see a rise in a rise in VAT and taxes on non-resident firms, and ease others for domestic small businesses.

15 Jan 2020

Islamic Finance to Grow at Slow Rate in 2020 – S&P Global

The Islamic finance industry is set to grow at a rate of around 5% in 2020, due to weak conditions in economic conditions in the industry’s core markets, according to S&P Global’s ‘Islamic Finance Outlook 2020’. The report also notes three drivers - the rise of FinTech, ESG sukuk, and standardisation - could fuel the industry.

15 Jan 2020

West African Economic and Monetary Union Countries Lead Africa on Growth Amidst Broader Slump

Growth among West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) countries is expected to hold steady at 6.4% in 2020, according to World Bank figures, while growth prospects in some of the continent’s largest economies remain mixed.

15 Jan 2020

Markets See Omani Succession as “Credit Positive”

New sultan of Oman has huge shoes to fill, but progress on the reforms front is expected to continue, according to MUFG researchers.

14 Jan 2020

Sri Lanka: Credit Under Pressure as Fiscal Consolidation Weakens

S&P revised its outlook on Sri Lanka to negative (B) following a similar move from Fitch in December, raising concerns about expansionary fiscal measures put in place by the authorities under recently elected President Gotabaya Rajapaksa.

14 Jan 2020

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