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The End of LIBOR Could Spawn a Heterogeneous Rate Environment, Creating Uncertainty for Banks and CFOs

Despite the considerable momentum in transitioning towards new rates to replace LIBOR ahead of the 2021 phaseout, a forward-looking version of today’s risk-free rates remains elusive, raising the spectre that CFOs and treasurers will have to grapple with a heterogenous and complex bank borrowing environment.

3 Apr 2020

African Countries in Talks with IMF for Lifelines to Help Fight Coronavirus

The IMF has approved or is in talks to disburse more than USD450mn in financial assistance for several African countries this week, with a substantial portion of funding going towards balance of payments and budgetary support as the continent’s leaders try to contain the spread of, and economic fallout from, COVID-19.

3 Apr 2020

Ukraine Passes Historic Land Ownership and Banking Reforms, Paving Way for IMF Aid

Lifting the moratorium on land purchases of farmland in Europe’s agricultural powerhouse has long been seen as a key condition for the Fund’s support and could finally open the door to the European Union for the country.

1 Apr 2020

Loans in Brazil Creep Up as Lockdowns Force Companies to Tap into Credit Markets

Non-earmarked loans increased 1.4% month-on-month in Brazil, while earmarked loans dropped 2.6% in the same period, central bank figures show, with overall loan delinquencies stable at 3% in seasonally adjusted terms.

1 Apr 2020

India Lifts Foreign Portfolio Management Restrictions on Government Securities

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has removed restrictions preventing foreign portfolio investors from buying up government securities, a move that may not lead to huge inflows in the current environment – but a crucial step nevertheless in opening up the country’s bond markets.

31 Mar 2020

China’s Banking System Part of the Problem, Not a Solution, to Current Crisis – Rhodium Group

As the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, China was the first to suffer its devastating impact as the country went into lockdown and its economy ground to a halt. But will China be able to launch a sustained bounceback, as it did after the 2008 financial crisis? According to Logan Wright, Director and Daniel Hosen, Partner at Rhodium Group, China no longer has the option of launching a…

31 Mar 2020

As Monetary Policy Reaches its Limits, Where Do Policymakers Go Next?

While the magnitude of the challenge facing monetary policy makers has escalated swiftly in recent weeks, the underlying setting – growth driven largely by cheap money, and overreliance on low rates – has been in place for some time, and many market observers have been asking the painful but necessary question: once central banks hit a wall of zero rates, where do we go from there?

31 Mar 2020

BBH: EM Preview for the Week Ahead

EM went along for the ride last week as risk sentiment got a huge boost from the Fed’s QE and the passage of the US Senate-led stimulus bill. This week, improved China PMI readings for March may help the risk rally extend for a bit. Yet the economic toll will still be large as more and more countries go into lockdown. When the scope of the downturn becomes better known, we believe risk sentiment…

30 Mar 2020

China Unlikely to See Swift Recovery Despite Industrial Activity Resuming

Tentative signs of an impending recovery as factories reopen should not overshadow the reality that COVID-19’s impact on the Chinese economy will far exceed that of SARS or the global financial crisis, IIF warns.

27 Mar 2020

RBI Swings into Action with Slew of New Measures to Ease Pressure on India’s Credit Market

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Friday unveiled a series of new measures aimed at relieving some of the pressure on India’s credit markets – which have been rattled by a series of defaults and near-misses in recent weeks.

27 Mar 2020

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