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Kenyan Economic Growth Slowed in 2019 – Cytonn

Last year saw Kenyan economic growth slow, largely due to underperformance in the agricultural, transport and electricity sectors, according to the Cytonn Annual Markets Review.

13 Jan 2020

Private Sector Lending in Nigeria Rose 15% between January and November 2019, CBN Figures Show

Data from the Central Bank of Nigeria shows loans to the private sector increased by NGN3.46tn between January and November 2019.

13 Jan 2020

Public Debt, Deficits to Undermine Latin American Countries’ Ability to Respond to Shocks - Fitch

Rapid growth in public debt and yawning fiscal deficits in a number of Latin American countries could erode the capacity of regional governments to weather a global economic downturn in 2020, according to a note from Fitch Ratings.

13 Jan 2020

The Missing Point in The Global Growth Debate

Global growth is decelerating. Policy-makers in developed economies are gearing up for yet more fiscal spending. While fiscal spending may support growth for a short time, and for longer if very carefully applied, it will not change the growth outlook fundamentally. This is because the main reason for slower growth lies elsewhere, namely in gross misallocation of capital on a global scale,…

10 Jan 2020

Colombia’s Tax Law Passed by Congress, Faces Final Hurdle in Courts

Dubbed “Growth Law”, the controversial legislation could indeed boost the economic expansion, but comes with a number of caveats, BBVA analysts warn.

9 Jan 2020

China’s Economy to Grow Above 6% in 2020 – Standard Chartered

China’s economy is forecast to grow at a rate of 6.1% in 2020, according to Standard Chartered – 0.2% higher than the average market prediction of 5.9%.

9 Jan 2020

Dubai Eyes Expansionary 2020 Budget but Investment Spending to Drop

The Dubai government is looking to boost spending strongly in 2020 in a bid to stimulate the economy, with the sharp up-tick in spending growth set to be driven mainly by wage increases, administrative grants, and financial support. Higher fees and VAT appear likely to drive the bulk of additional revenue generation. Investment spending, meanwhile, looks set to decline.

8 Jan 2020

Ukraine on the Mend as Domestic Capital Market Opens Up to International Investors

A preliminary agreement with the IMF on a vital USD5.5bn loan is an auspicious signal that a long-awaited economic recovery in Ukraine may be in the offing. But with the PrivatBank case and a number of other international litigation battles still simmering, bad headlines streaming from the US impeachment proceedings and little progress in establishing peace on the Eastern border, Ukraine still…

6 Jan 2020

Webinar: What are the top themes likely to dominate emerging market investing in 2020?

Mark Mobius, Director of Mobius Capital Partners gives his outlook for 2020

2 Jan 2020

Emerging Market Debt in 2020: Global Investors on The Short, The Long, and Everything In-Between

Despite trade tensions, political volatility, and the occasional instance of societal upheaval, emerging market debt returns were broadly positive this year as investors once again hunted for yield against a backdrop of globally depressed rates. Will 2020 see much the same, or will concerns over global growth and rising political risk lead the market into a downturn? We summarise what top…

20 Dec 2019

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