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China PMI Shifts Above 50 as Domestic Demand Recovers

China's manufacturing PMI and non-manufacturing PMI moved above 50 in March, according to the official state data, an important sign of improving domestic production and consumption, despite continued pressures on the economy.

31 Mar 2020

India Lifts Foreign Portfolio Management Restrictions on Government Securities

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has removed restrictions preventing foreign portfolio investors from buying up government securities, a move that may not lead to huge inflows in the current environment – but a crucial step nevertheless in opening up the country’s bond markets.

31 Mar 2020

China’s Banking System Part of the Problem, Not a Solution, to Current Crisis – Rhodium Group

As the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, China was the first to suffer its devastating impact as the country went into lockdown and its economy ground to a halt. But will China be able to launch a sustained bounceback, as it did after the 2008 financial crisis? According to Logan Wright, Director and Daniel Hosen, Partner at Rhodium Group, China no longer has the option of launching a…

31 Mar 2020

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

RBI Swings into Action with Slew of New Measures to Ease Pressure on India’s Credit Market

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Friday unveiled a series of new measures aimed at relieving some of the pressure on India’s credit markets – which have been rattled by a series of defaults and near-misses in recent weeks.

27 Mar 2020

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

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