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CASE STUDY: Indonesia Dominates ESG and Islamic Finance Nexus with Dual-Tranche USD2bn Issue

The South East Asian sovereign returned to market with its second green sukuk issuance in 12 months. The dual tranche conventional/green sukuk issue saw USD7bn worth of orders from high quality accounts and tightened 30bp and 45bp inside the initial guidance.

10 Apr 2019

Foreign Investment Could Help Philippines Bridge Infrastructure Spending Gap

The ASEAN economy opened up the 2019 EM sovereign bond season with an impressive USD1.5bn placement, but generous spending plans for the infrastructure push and a reshuffle atop the Central Bank risk blowing the Philippines’ deficit out of control – unless capital inflows catch up.

29 Mar 2019

Bank, NBFC Tie-Ups Create a Path to Sustainability in India’s Financial Sector

A default in September 2018 at infrastructure conglomerate and non-bank lender IL&FS cascaded across India’s financial sector in ways that are still being felt today, cutting off many non-bank financial companies – which account for more than a quarter of India’s domestic lending – from wholesale funding markets, and putting the brakes on the segment’s hitherto remarkable growth. Linking up with…

22 Mar 2019

Boosting the Capital Corridor Between Asia and the Middle East

Whether in terms of trade, commerce, or cultural linkages, Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) states have become increasingly diverse in their international ties over the past decade – with those linking the region to Asia emerging as one of the most critical corridors of economic activity. But how can GCC borrowers capitalise on emerging funding opportunities brought about by these deepening…

21 Mar 2019

AzFinance: We Anticipate Azeri Local Issuance to Reach AZN100mn by the End of 2019

Abid Mamedov, CEO of AzFinance Investment Company CJSC, talks about the rising appetite for Azerbaijani paper, exposure to Russian risk, and expectations for the local currency bond market in 2019.

28 Feb 2019

Malaysia Sukuk Pipeline to Remain Strong as Corporates Seek to Secure Longer Tenors

Dato' Lee Kok Kwan, Chairman of BIX Malaysia, the Bond and Sukuk Information Exchange Malaysia, spoke with Bonds & Loans about the sukuk pipeline for the coming year, growing demand for Sharia-compliant instruments, and Malaysia’s innovative approach to Islamic finance.

22 Feb 2019

China: Onshore Bond Index Inclusion Marks Milestone in Financial Liberalisation

The recent announcement that Chinese government bonds (CGBs) and policy bank bonds will be included in the Bloomberg Barclay’s Global Aggregate (Global Agg) Index marks a huge milestone in China’s gradual integration into global markets. Not only does index inclusion herald the beginning of an influx of foreign investment, but it has the potential to mould credit markets across the region.

14 Feb 2019

China’s Real Estate: EM Analysts on Edge as Great Wall of Redemptions Approaches

With spreads on record volumes of bonds issued by China’s real estate developers widening to near 2009 levels and a softening of the Chinese economy taking hold, some analysts have raised alarm bells – even going so far as to question whether a bubble, which some allege to be brewing, or other big shock to the sector could catalyse the next financial crisis. There is, however, good reason to…

21 Jan 2019

Duet Group: “Frontier Countries Growing in Spite of Governments, Not Because of Them”

In an exclusive interview with Bonds & Loans, Joe Delvaux, Senior Fund Manager at Duet Asset Management, delves into frontier markets, assessing their performance in 2018, providing insight into investor sentiment on broader EM assets, and takes a glimpse into what 2019 might bring.

14 Jan 2019

FX Volatility Constrains Funding for Underleveraged Indonesian Banks

Despite a series of measures introduced by the Indonesian authorities, including six benchmark rate hikes in a year and improved hedging tools, the rupiah has continued to suffer from souring sentiment towards emerging markets. As a result, local banks and corporates are facing increasingly limited funding opportunities, even as Indonesia’s bond market expands at record pace following the…

11 Jan 2019

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