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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

ESG-Linked Issuance Rebounds as Panic Subsides, Led by Developed Market Economies

While new ESG-linked issuance in emerging markets is largely limited to DFIs for now, a number of new deals that closed over the past week offers an encouraging sign of a market revival, according to IHS Markit.

1 Apr 2020

China PMI Shifts Above 50 as Domestic Demand Recovers

China's manufacturing PMI and non-manufacturing PMI moved above 50 in March, according to the official state data, an important sign of improving domestic production and consumption, despite continued pressures on the economy.

31 Mar 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

“Triple Shock” of Pandemic, Commodity Plunge and Capital Outflows Shakes Emerging Markets

Emerging economies are in for a rough ride as the crisis escalates, ratings agencies warn, but growth is likely to rebound in 2021 if the pandemic subsides.

31 Mar 2020

Policy Measures to Soften the Blow for Latin America as Pandemic Enters New Phase - Scotiabank

So far, data on the spread of COVID19 in Latin America suggests the worst is yet to come, and the full economic impact on growth will be significant. But the measures already taken – and those being prepared – by governments in the region should soften the blow, a Scotiabank report suggests.

30 Mar 2020

African Development Bank Sells USD3bn ‘Coronabond’ in Effort to Combat COVID-19 on the Continent

The African Development Bank (AfDB) raised USD3bn through the sale of social sustainability bonds in an effort to finance Africa-based initiatives to combat the spread of COVID-19.

30 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