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As LatAm Boosts China Links, Panda Bond Market Opens New Doors

China has over the years moved to strengthen its ties to Latin America in a range of areas, and a recently proposed free trade agreement between the Asian powerhouse and Mexico could take that one step further – potentially opening up a vast new trade and capital corridor between the two regions.

9 Oct 2017

Have BRICS Been Overshadowed by the Rest of the EM Pack?

Heads of state of the BRICS countries descended upon Xiamen, China earlier this month to discuss how to propel the bloc’s trade and commercial links forward. But with most of the organisation’s leading members knee-deep in political or economic mud, analysts are left wondering whether they have been overshadowed by the rest of the emerging market pack.

15 Sep 2017

Emerging Market Credit Daily Roundup: 7 September, 2017

UNEC to raise AED1bn – Bahrain to issue a sukuk – Nigeria pre-launched its sukuk sale – Afreximbank to boost capital for lending – CABEI gets upgraded – ADB tapped the international markets – Russia to resolve dispute with Exxon Mobile

7 Sep 2017

Emerging Market Credit Daily Roundup: 6 September, 2017

Non-resident EM inflows flatline in August – Middle East bond market to see USD20bn of new supply in 2017 – Oman replaces CBO governor – Ecobank subsidiary secures USD250mn 5-year loan – Brazil looks ready to cut rates – Mexico City airport in market for USD2bn – CDB looks to raise CNY5bn in green bonds – ArcelorMittal Ukrainian subsidiary in loan talks with EBRD

6 Sep 2017

Azure Power CEO on Building Green into Corporate DNA

Azure Power’s recent USD500mn green bond due 2022 won accolades for being the first solar green bond, paving the way for a wealth of new issuance in the country. We speak with Inderpreet Wadhwa, Founder, Chairman, and CEO, Azure Power about the issuance process, whether the costs of issuing outweigh the benefits, and how issuers can build being green into their corporate DNA.

31 Aug 2017

Emerging Market Regulators Make Strides Building Green Bond Momentum

Growing support for market-driven policies aimed at facilitating green issuance has created important wins for the sustainable finance segment, especially in emerging market countries like China, India, and Mexico. But with the bulk of those policies, at their core, fixated on determining what qualifies as ‘green’, key questions about industry standards – and the best approach to applying them –…

25 Aug 2017

Can “Bond Connect” Hong Kong and Mainland China Markets?

The long awaited “Bond Connect” program linking the Hong Kong and mainland Chinese markets has finally launched. Even though it was initially received with warm welcome by investors, some experts believe that on its own it won’t be enough to make global players give the local Chinese markets the desired recognition.

20 Jul 2017

CDL Breaks New Ground with Singapore’s First Green Bond

City Developments Limited (CDL), the Singapore-listed real estate giant with a global presence spanning 97 locations in 26 countries, has been praised for its sustainability efforts, which place it top among Singapore corporates in the Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World 2017 rankings. We speak to the company’s Chief Sustainability Officer Esther An about challenges associated…

11 Jul 2017

CASE STUDY: India’s Rural Electrification Corporation Debuts a US$450mn Green Bond

The state-owned company, which finances and promotes power sector projects in India, successfully launched its inaugural green bond, becoming the first Indian public sector corporate to issue USD-denominated “green” debt and supporting the central government’s sustainability drive.

10 Jul 2017

Should Indexing Remain a Business?

In constitution and performance, indexes are in large part designed to act as a mirror to the markets they reflect, with investors largely vying for ways to exploit information deficiencies and fleeting hunches to beat them. But in emerging markets, there is a huge discrepancy between the assets that compose these indexes and the actual asset class, raising fundamental questions about the purpose…

26 Jun 2017

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