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Turkey-Euroclear Deal Could be Game Changer for Local Market Liquidity, ING Says

A deal that will see Turkish lira-denominated government bonds become Euroclearable in July could be a game changer for the country’s debt markets, analysts at ING believe.

19 Jun 2020

London Stock Exchange: Making Global Markets More Efficient and Accessible as Issuers and Investors Continue to Navigate COVID-19

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…

18 Jun 2020

The 'Battle' For South Africa

The looming contest over South Africa’s political direction will kick off with a dispute over IMF financial support to plug a massive gap in government revenues. Opponents of IMF conditionalities favour tapping into state pension funds or stepping up central bank bond buying to make up the shortfall. With ‘battle’ lines drawn across the ruling alliance’s ideological divisions, the outcome of the…

17 Jun 2020

Korean State-Owned Lender Raises USD500mn in COVID-19 Response Social Bonds

Industrial Bank of Korea (IBK) took to the markets this week to raise USD500mn in social bonds, with the proceeds targeted at funding COVID-19 response measures.

16 Jun 2020

Brown Brothers Harriman: Emerging Markets Preview for the Week Ahead

EM and other risk assets stabilized to end the week after Thursday’s selloff, but remain vulnerable. The risks ahead are the same as before, which include a second wave of infections as well as a longer and shallower than expected recovery in global growth. The Fed’s message of low rates as far as the eye can see was balanced by Powell’s grim outlook for unemployment. The liquidity story should…

15 Jun 2020

Rwanda Secures Additional USD111mn from IMF to Tackle COVID-19 as Pandemic Costs Mount

The IMF has agreed to provide Rwanda with an additional USD111.06mn in financial support to help the East African nation tackle the mounting costs of the coronavirus pandemic.

12 Jun 2020

Brazil’s Infrastructure Ministry Launches Region’s First Green Bond Rail Funding Programme

Brazil’s Ministry of Infrastructure has launched a green bond programme that will see the proceeds used to finance transport projects throughout the country, a first for the region.

11 Jun 2020

IMF Green-Lights USD5bn Standby Arrangement for Ukraine, a Key Milestone Amidst a Long-Awaited Turnaround

The IMF has approved a USD5bn funding programme with Ukraine following the passage of a series of reforms aimed at the country’s banking and agricultural sectors, an important milestone in the country’s bid to regain a strong economic footing after years of turbulence.

10 Jun 2020

Ashmore Group: When Market Valuations Become Too High to Fall

It cannot have escaped investors’ attention that stock markets are surging and spreads are tightening. Yet, the world has not looked as bad as this in political and economic terms for a very long time. Asset prices seem divorced from fundamental realities. How and why does this happen and what does it mean for investment? This short note aims to provide a brief perspective on these questions.

9 Jun 2020

Brown Brothers Harriman: Emerging Markets Preview for the Week Ahead

Risk-on was the theme last week and that is likely to continue this week. That’s good news for EM, which has benefited from improved market sentiment. Commodity prices continue to recover, even though the data out of mainland China remain mixed. The Fed is expected to reaffirm its current policy stance when the FOMC meets this week.

8 Jun 2020