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Financing During the Coronavirus Crisis: Lessons from an Investment-Grade Emerging Market Issuer

Coronavirus presented global businesses with several challenges – from enhanced safety protocols to supply chain disruptions and everything in between. However, while many market stakeholders predicted issues with attracting new funding, investment-grade companies have managed to largely overcome them.

30 Jun 2020

Brown Brothers Harriman: Emerging Markets Preview for the Week Ahead

Risk assets came under pressure last week as the virus news stream worsened. It’s clear that large parts of the US will be forced to delay reopening until their virus numbers improve. Markets had gotten too bullish on the US recovery story and so this reality check soured sentiment. This is a very important week for US data, and we think risk sentiment will remain under pressure ahead of what we…

29 Jun 2020

South Africa’s Emergency Budget Faces Credibility Challenge, Analysts Say

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.

25 Jun 2020

Moody’s: Coronavirus to Sharpen Focus on Credit-Relevant ESG Factors

The coronavirus pandemic is likely only to intensify focus on environmental, social, and governance (ESG) factors as investors scrutinise governments’ and companies’ preparedness for global risks including and beyond public health emergencies, Moody’s analysts say.

24 Jun 2020

GEB CFO Felipe Castilla on Prudent Financial Management and Pricing Deals Through the Covid Volatility

CFOs and treasurers globally have spent the better part of the past three months adjusting to the severe economic disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, not the least of whom those looking to raise funding. We sat down with Felipe Castilla, CFO of Grupo Energía Bogotá, a state-owned energy conglomerate based in Bogotá and operating in select markets across the Americas, to talk about…

23 Jun 2020

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