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Corporate Borrowers in India: Stuck Between a Thin Bond Market and Tightening Banks

Corporate borrowing in India is set to get a lot more challenging as investors search for higher coupons and banks tighten up their lending practices following a build-up of non-performing loans, according to analysts. It is unclear whether even the country’s largest corporates are immune to the sandwiching of rising interest rates and a banking sector in flux.

19 Jul 2018

EM Bond Outlook: Better 2H 2018 Expected

It has been a tough start to the year for emerging market bonds, but things are looking up as we head into 2H 2018 – you just need to know where to look.

12 Jul 2018

Trump’s Trade War with China: Impact on EM FX and Rates

US President Donald Trump unilaterally started the trade war with China and he shows no signs of letting up. His policies on trade mark a major departure from America’s long-standing commitment to free markets. The combination of protectionist measures and fiscal profligacy is likely to further increase the challenges faced by American companies in their quest to compete internationally by…

6 Jul 2018

SkyWorld Development CFO on Issuing Malaysia’s First Musharakah Sukuk, IPO Plans, and Reform

Malaysia is currently in the midst of significant political change, and the country’s borrowers seem optimistic about the renewed urgency around fiscal reform. We speak with Andy Leong Chain Hong, CFO of SkyWorld Development Group, a leading property developer in Malaysia, about the direction of the economy following the country’s landmark elections, and discuss the company’s pioneering…

31 May 2018

Maybank Islamic Banking Chief: “Projected global sukuk demand outstrips supply”

With demand for sukuk rising steadily in recent years, Bonds & Loans speaks with Dato’ Mohamed Rafique Merican, Group Head and Islamic Banking CEO at Maybank Islamic Berhad, about the risks and opportunities in the market, green sukuk, and the growing involvement of Asian investors in MENA debt markets.

27 Apr 2018

Case Study: Indonesia Serves Up Benchmark-Setting Green Sukuk

Indonesia navigated a challenging and volatile market to place a USD3bn dual-tranche green sukuk, which will go towards supporting the country’s efforts to combat climate change.

26 Apr 2018

Pro-Western Stans: Central Asian Republics Mulling Capital Markets Push

Just a few years ago, barely any debt capital markets investors would have paid much attention to regions like Central Asia and the CIS. Yet with overwhelming demand for sovereign notes issued by the likes of Belarus and Tajikistan, regular issues from Kazakhstan and a highly anticipated debut Eurobond from Uzbekistan, the region is putting itself on the EM fixed income map.

4 Apr 2018

The War on Trade: How US Protectionism Threatens Global Stability

The US has taken unilateral action to start a potential trade war with China. This is a policy mistake of gigantic proportions resting on a misunderstanding about how open economies work. The direction of US economic policy contrasts sharply with Chinese policies and we expect only a measured, proportional and targeted response from China, which will remain open to deeper trading ties with third…

27 Mar 2018

CASE STUDY: YES Bank Debuts USD1bn Tranche of MTN Programme on GSM of India INX

Notwithstanding the impending FOMC meeting and other headwinds, India’s YES Bank powered ahead with the largest debut issuance by an Indian FI that also became first to be listed on the recently established INX.

2 Mar 2018

Brown Brothers Harriman: Frontier Sovereign Rating Model for Q1 2018

Brown Brothers Harriman: produced the following ratings model to assess relative sovereign risk in Frontier Markets. A country’s score directly reflects its creditworthiness and underlying ability to service its external debt obligations.

15 Feb 2018

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