The COVID-19 pandemic has convulsed the global economy, unevenly weighing on some of the world’s largest emerging markets – not the least of which countries with a heavy dependence on oil revenues. For CFOs and Treasurers based in the GCC region, the pandemic was a crude awakening which quickly led to a liquidity squeeze that is only just starting to ease as a ‘new normal’ begins to set in. Bonds & Loans speaks with Chiradeep Deb, Managing Director and Global Head of Investment Banking, Corporate and Investment Banking Group at Mashreqbank about what that new normal looks like, and how borrowers who need to achieve funding objectives in a tough environment can differentiate themselves in the eyes of lenders and capital allocators.
South Africa’s emergency budget tabled by Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni this week spelled out a number of “difficult decisions” for the country but made few, raising yet more credibility concerns around one of the region’s largest economies.
Jun 25, 2020
In an important stress-test, the global capital markets have responded and adapted quickly to the unprecedented shock caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic, which has caused a dramatic shift in the way individuals and organisations in most nations live and work. These extreme conditions are only likely to accelerate the capital market ecosystem’s innovative efforts to streamline the securities…
Jun 18, 2020
Net fund flows into emerging market debt were flat for the week ending May 27, with investors continuing to favour hard currency debt over local assets.
Jun 2, 2020
There is a growing need for companies to prioritise environment, social and governance (ESG) factors as investors now view these as important factors when assessing risk and deploying capital. This is especially relevant in regions which are highly dependent on extractive or carbon-intensive sectors.
Apr 6, 2020