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MENA Loan Markets Heat up After Busy January Bond Pipeline Loses Momentum

A spate of loans inked by GCC-based borrowers are helping to fill a vacuum left by a busy bond season in January.

5 Feb 2020

African Exchanges are Key to Developing the Region’s Capital Markets, but Most Remain Illiquid

Africa’s securities exchanges have long been seen as a pivotal part of the development of the region’s capital markets, but a lack of liquidity blended with rapidly changing borrower and investor preferences is holding public markets back.

4 Feb 2020

EM Local Markets and USD High Yield from Ukraine, Egypt to Remain Attractive in 2020 - Nuveen

In its global investment outlook note titled “20/20 vision: a clearer path for growth” the firm maintains a bullish stance on emerging markets.

4 Feb 2020

Middle East Investor Appetite for Russian Bonds Grows with Latest Bank Deals

In January this year, Emirates NBD became the first Middle Eastern bank to participate with an international bond from Russia, but investors from the region have been increasing their exposure to Russian credits for some time.

4 Feb 2020

Lebanon to Pursue “Restructuring Without Restructuring”

While details of the government’s strategy to address the dire economic circumstances it faces are scant, analysts at Barclays believe Lebanon is likely to favour a bond swap with domestic banks over alternatives like issuing long-term FX certificates via the central bank, a move that could result in the sovereign entering Selective Default.

4 Feb 2020

Oil Price Volatility Provides Crucial Test for OPEC+

Oil prices continued to tumble during the first week of February as the coronavirus outbreak intensified, taking Brent Crude futures down nearly 12% year to date and sending OPEC+ scrambling to contain to counter the impact.

3 Feb 2020

Brown Brothers Harriman: Emerging Markets Preview for the Week Ahead

EM remains vulnerable to deteriorating risk sentiment as the coronavirus spreads. China announced a series of measures over the weekend to help support its financial markets, but this may not be enough to turn sentiment around yet. China markets reopen Monday after the extended Lunar New Year holiday and it won’t be pretty.

3 Feb 2020

Copper Prices Plummet Amid China Virus Fears

The “bellwether” of commodity markets is hitting 6-month lows amid demand-side risks emanating from China.

3 Feb 2020

AXA Sees Greater Investment Opportunities in EM Green Bonds – But ESG Still Needs Improvement

Emerging market green bond investment opportunities are looking increasingly attractive to global institutional investors – but EM issuers still need to continue improving on the ESG front in order to improve global investor penetration, AXA senior economist Irina Topa-Serry says.

3 Feb 2020

CASE STUDY: CABEI Places Latin America’s First AA-Rated Green Bond

The notes, listed on both, the Luxembourg and Taipei Stock Exchanges, priced at a spread of 85bp over 3M-LIBOR attracted significant appetite from Asian and European investors.

31 Jan 2020