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2018 Outlook for Emerging and Frontier Markets

2017 has been an amazingly profitable year for investors in emerging and frontier markets. As uncertainty takes hold, driven by a hawkish Fed outlook and China's slowdown, Mark Mobius, the outgoing Chairman of Franklin Templeton's Emerging Market Group, takes a parting shot at predicting what the coming year has in store for the markets.

12 Jan 2018

Middle East CFOs Eye New Credit Funding Opportunities

Boosted by a positive global outlook and rising oil prices and despite growing geopolitical risk, top corporate, quasi-sovereign and sovereign CFOs, Group Treasurers and Heads of Debt Management in the Middle East were resolutely optimistic about the financial prospects of their organisations heading into Q4, according to our most recent Middle East CFO Market Sentiment Monitor.

5 Jan 2018

For Bond Bankers and Capital Markets Experts, MIFID II Raises More Questions than Answers

As Europe continues to steam ahead towards the 3 January implementation date for the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II (MiFID II), the continent’s ambitious sequel aimed at making its financial industry safer and more transparent, a lack of certainty around how the rules will be applied is putting bond bankers on edge and prompting difficult questions about how the banking sector is…

18 Dec 2017

CASE STUDY: YES Bank Double Dips with USD400mn Dual Currency Syndication

YES Bank opened a gateway into the Japanese market with a dual-currency syndication that attracted an unusually high number of Taiwanese lenders.

12 Dec 2017

Off The Record: The Top 5 Emerging Market Credit Trends in 2018

It has been a stellar year for emerging market credit, with most of the key benchmark indices outperforming and EM fundamentals broadly improving – while the global economy continues to heat up. But with QE – one of the main forces driving yield-hungry investors into EMs – winding down, a slew of EM elections on the horizon, and uncertainty over the direction of large developed economies like the…

7 Dec 2017

CASE STUDY: KNPC Seals USD6.245bn Loan in Largest ECA-Backed Corporate Transaction Ever

Kuwait National Petroleum Company’s (KNPC) USD6.245bn ECA-backed loan was a triumph for the company’s Clean Fuel Project and the region’s credit markets, setting a new record for the largest ECA-backed corporate loan to date.

5 Dec 2017

Emerging Markets FX Technical Picture: How Far Can This Correction Go?

How far can this EM FX correction go? Since mid-November, the greenback has been broadly softer due to a variety of factors. EM FX has taken advantage of this, and the top EM performers are ZAR (+5.5%), MXN (+3.8%), and RUB (+3%). TRY has been noticeably lagging, -1.4% since November 15. Many EM currencies are starting to bump up against key chart points, and so the dollar may finally get some…

1 Dec 2017

EuroChem Focussed on Latin America, Asia as Fertilizer Industry Recovers

Over the past year, Russian fertilizer giant EuroChem Group AG has made great strides in opening new markets, tapping the growing demand in Asia and Latin America, and spending over USD6bn on two mines to produce potash, a high-quality soil fertilizer. Bonds & Loans catches up with the company’s CFO Andrey Ilyin to discuss the industry outlook, the company’s financing plans for 2018, and how it…

28 Nov 2017

Telecoms Boom to Drive MENA Infrastructure Development Programmes

As GCC states embark on their massive USD3tn infrastructure development journey, the arrival of Amazon, Oracle and other global tech giants could push the telecoms sector into the frontline of that programme. But finding the funding for this costly venture at a time when oil prices are still low and coffers are thinning could prove challenging for the region.

20 Nov 2017

Private Participation in Water, Wastewater Projects: Applying the GCC Experience Across META

The saying ‘water is the new oil’ has never been more accurate than it is today. The Middle East, Turkey and Africa (META) contains some of the world’s most water-scarce regions. Population growth and urbanisation have led to a rising demand for water and growing levels of wastewater. Increasing water production and ensuring efficient, effective wastewater treatment are essential to the continued…

7 Nov 2017

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