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As the COVID-19 pandemic wracks emerging and developed economies alike, market have gone into overdrive with shares and bonds both suffering heavy sell-offs as investors flee to the safety of US dollars. Kenya’s local currency treasury bonds (TBs) and outstanding Eurobonds have been no exception to this trend.
26 Mar 2020
On 24th March, the City of Teshwane Metropolitan Municipality, a local government municipality covering Pretoria and the surrounding areas, defaulted on a ZAR5.5bn local currency medium-term note. According to Jones Gondo, Senior Credit Analyst, and Nthulleng Mphahlele, Analyst at Nedbank, it is a technical default caused by government issues.
25 Mar 2020
The Gambia has secured a USD47.1mn extended credit facility (ECF) from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) this week, with the proceeds from the funding going towards the development of policies to help contain the spread of COVID-19 and mitigate its economic impact.
24 Mar 2020
Africa appears so far – at least according to official statistics – to have contained the spread of COVID-19, with SSA reporting fewer than 300 confirmed cases. But this does not mean the region will be able to ride out the storm and avoid the economic and health impact seen elsewhere.
24 Mar 2020
Ahead of the next Monetary Policy Committee meeting of the Central Bank of Kenya on Monday 23rd March, Sterling Capital predicts a rate cut of 25-50bps.
20 Mar 2020
As the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic collides with a crash in the oil price and a broader deceleration of growth, the South Africa sovereign looks set to struggle. According to Jones Gondo, Senior Credit Analyst and Nthulleng Mphahlele, Analyst at Nedbank, the risk of the big three rating agencies downgrading South Africa has been significantly heightened.
19 Mar 2020
Kenya Roads Board (KRB) is set to issue a KES150bn bond on an annual basis over the next five years. The proceeds of the bond will be used to finance infrastructure development.
11 Mar 2020
The possibility of a Moody’ downgrading the South African sovereign has long been under discussion. But according to Ettienne Le Roux, Chief Economist and Elena Ilkova, Credit Research Analyst at Rand Merchant Bank, a rating downgrade could provoke a much more severe reaction than the simply exclusion of the country’s debt from global indices.
9 Mar 2020
February marked another difficult month for Kenya’s economy, with fresh PMI data from IHS Markit and Stanbic Bank indicating a second consecutive month of falling business activity.
9 Mar 2020