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China Unlikely to See Swift Recovery Despite Industrial Activity Resuming

Tentative signs of an impending recovery as factories reopen should not overshadow the reality that COVID-19’s impact on the Chinese economy will far exceed that of SARS or the global financial crisis, IIF warns.

27 Mar 2020

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COVID-19 Could Restart US-China Trade Tensions – Control Risks

With the US likely to fall into a recession combined with widespread social disruption caused by the lockdown, Trump’s re-election this November appears uncertain. Far from soothing tensions between the US and China, the pandemic has heightened them.

27 Mar 2020

Indonesia Inks USD300mn Financial Reform Deal with World Bank

The World Bank has approved a USD300mn loan deal with Indonesia that will see the South Asian country fund financial sector reforms.

23 Mar 2020

IDFC Fund Manager: With Rate Cuts Around the Corner in India, Investors Should Avoid Panic-Selling and Aim for Quality Credits

Despite recent selloffs and growth concerns in India, investors should still find value in higher-quality credits, according to the head of fixed income at Mumbai-based IDFC Mutual Fund.

19 Mar 2020

Indorama Inks USD255mn Sustainable Ninja Loan in ‘First’ for Thai Market

Thai petrochemicals giant Indorama Ventures this week signed the country’s first cross-border sustainable ninja loan, it revealed.

18 Mar 2020

China’s Economic Slowdown Increasingly Likely to be Protracted – CA CIB

The coronavirus pandemic could be the final straw for an economy already weakened by the extended trade standoff with the US, the bank’s analysis suggests.

12 Mar 2020

Fiscal Stimulus Required to Support Monetary Easing as Asian PMIs Drop – PineBridge

As global central banks react to the COVID-19 linked global economic slowdown, monetary policy tools may no longer be sufficient to support growth, PineBridge warns in a new analysis.

11 Mar 2020

Yes Bank Taken Over by RBI in Dramatic Move, Highlighting Continued Banking Sector Woes in India

Yes Bank Ltd, India’s fourth-largest privately-owned lender, had its board superseded by the Reserve Bank of India this week, an extraordinary move that sent the company’s stocks and bonds crashing and a further sign of the country’s continued difficulty resolving poor bank balance sheets. If the RBI gets the resolution right, however, it could catalyse a swift reversal in sentiment that has long…

6 Mar 2020

Jain Irrigation Rating Cut in First Emerging Market Green Bond Default

S&P this week cut the rating of India-based irrigation company Jain Irrigation Systems to ‘D’ after the company failed to make interest payments on a green bond, the first default on a green bond in emerging markets.

5 Mar 2020

India to Counter Impact of Coronavirus Through Renewed Credit Growth – IDFC Mutual Fund

The Fed’s decision to cut rates on Tuesday by a further 50bps in response to the coronavirus marked the latest in a series of strong policy responses from monetary authorities and governments worldwide. According to Suyash Choudhary, Head of Fixed Income at IDFC Mutual Fund, India looks likely to follow the US in utilising additional fiscal and monetary measures.

5 Mar 2020

Impact of Coronavirus Begins to Show in Economic Data

As the coronavirus continues to spread, with novel cases being reported in countries across the world almost daily, its impact is beginning to become evident in economic data.

28 Feb 2020

China Central Bank Announces New Relief Measures for SMEs to Kickstart Economy, Contain Impact of COVID-19 Outbreak

The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) announced a slew of new measures designed to ease access to financing and loan terms for small businesses in a bid to kickstart a flagging economy being battered by a viral outbreak.

27 Feb 2020

Risk-Off Sentiment ‘Relatively Limited’ in Response to Coronavirus – Blackrock

As a growing number of cases of coronavirus are confirmed outside of China markets have become shaky.

6 Feb 2020

India’s Budget Fails to Offer Expansionary Fiscal Stimulus

India’s Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman, unveiled the 2020 Union Budget of India this week to a lukewarm reception, as it failed to offer the expansionary fiscal policy measures many believe necessary to kickstart the struggling economy.

5 Feb 2020

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