Recent data suggests that the economy is gaining gradual steam, albeit from a subdued level. But despite the near-term optimism, whether the momentum is likely to be sustained through 2020 is far from clear.
23 Dec 2019
The asset class that first came to prominence in the region several years ago is resurfacing in a big way, driven by investors’ hunger for yield and diversification, helping SMEs and corporates source alternative funding in the meantime. But questions are being asked about the sustainability of private debt were the global environment to deteriorate and liquidity to drain from the market.
28 Nov 2019
Bonds & Loans examines the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats facing the Brazilian market following a research trip to the region.
22 Nov 2019
In 2020, Latin America’s largest markets are largely going be to characterised by picky investors, persistently low yields, infrastructure development, LIBOR-related woes, and socio-political upheaval, according to dozens of bankers, investors, lawyers and credit ratings agencies who spoke with Bonds & Loans on a recent trip to the region. We’ve summarised the top five themes likely to drive the…
12 Nov 2019
There is often a lack of consensus among economists when it comes to public policy recommendations. While sowing confusion among the ordinary citizens, who cannot tell which side is “right”, this debate is an important element for the functioning of democracy and is healthy for public policy planning, argues Zeina Latif.
1 Nov 2019
Chile’s impeccably timed and well-executed debut foray into the Green bond market set a number of milestones, building on a growing pipeline of Green and ESG-linked transactions in the Americas, and reinforcing the trend that these formats are viable components of the funding toolkit for a broadening range of organisations. More impressively so, Chile executed its inaugural Green issuances in USD…
9 Oct 2019
Back in 2016, Brazilian steel maker Usiminas looked to be entering dire straits: the company was forced to renegotiate 92% of its debt and has been absent from the international bond markets since 2008. But as net debt fell to BRL5.5bn in 2019, its amortisation schedule improved and global funding conditions became more favourable amid rate cuts, the steelmaker returned to the international…
4 Oct 2019
One of the consequences of low growth is that the economic recovery is not widespread across sectors. Some continue to perform well in the midst of stagnation – and even contraction, in the case of many others.
1 Oct 2019
Privatization and asset sales are on the agenda for the Bolsonaro administration as it seeks to restore the fiscus; but time is running short for the government to start delivering, warns Zeina Latif.
24 Sep 2019
Omega Geração S.A., one of Brazil’s top renewables players, debuted in the local debenture markets earlier this year with a carefully tailored four-part transaction that could serve as a template for corporates looking to finance infrastructure by tapping the country’s diverse liquidity pools.
5 Sep 2019
One of the most important public issues in every country is Social Security. That is normal. Retirement is too serious a matter to be disregarded by the State. Human beings are not always rational and their choices might also be based on subjective factors, such as the importance given to social status. Individuals can choose to consume too much today and not save for retirement. The result would…
29 Aug 2019
Joelmir Baumgratz discusses increasing capacity for less cost, consolidation in the airlines market, oil price fluctuations driving complex hedging strategies and using air miles as collateral on financings to bring yields down.
13 Aug 2019
Bonds & Loans interviews Bruno Moraes, Director (Energy) at Actis, about investment prospects in the Brazilian markets, Actis's focus on renewables and their new infrastructure fund.
31 Jul 2019
As the first wave of securities issued under Basel III rules start to approach or eclipse key call dates, testing the market for the relatively nascent asset class, banks across the Americas are finally coming to grips with rapidly evolving and increasingly complex regulatory capital requirements in their respective jurisdictions. With new rules providing regulatory clarifications coming onstream…
24 Jul 2019