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UN SDGs Offer USD10tn Opportunity to Private Sector Emerging Market Investors

The private-sector sustainability drive will focus around three core infrastructure-focused areas and represents 40% of total funding required to meet the objectives, according to Standard Chartered Bank.

23 Jan 2020

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Prime Opportunities in EM, Loans & Inflation-Linked Securities – Neuberger Berman

Emerging market high yield debt, loans, and inflation-linked securities are amongst Neuberger Berman’s top picks within the fixed income space, according to a recent report from the firm’s Asset Allocation Committee.

23 Jan 2020

Iran, Iraq, Libya, Key Geopolitical Risks to Oil Price - PIMCO

The past year has seen a number of geopolitical tensions flare up that could potentially impede oil production in a number of key producing countries, according to a recent note from PIMCO.

21 Jan 2020

Brown Brothers Harriman: Emerging Markets Preview for the Week Ahead

Market sentiment on EM remains positive after the Phase One trade deal was signed. Data out of China is also supportive for EM. Key forward-looking data this week are Taiwan export orders and Korea trade data for the first 20 days of January. The global liquidity story also remains beneficial for risk, with the ECB, Norges Bank, BOC, and BOJ all set to maintain steady rates this week.

20 Jan 2020

US-China Trade, Global Protests, Cybersecurity Will Dominate Risks in 2020 – BlackRock

US-China trade tensions, global protests and cybersecurity are amongst the top three geopolitical risks to face markets in 2020, according to BlackRock.

20 Jan 2020

Green Funding tops USD255mn for 2019 – but Beyond China, EMs Still a Small Slice of the Pie

Certified green funding volumes – including both bonds and loans – came in at USD254.9bn for 2019, according to new research from the Climate Bonds Initiative, a 50% rise on 2018 volumes. But outside China, emerging markets still see fairly low issuance of green or sustainability-linked instruments.

20 Jan 2020

US Trade Deal with China: Phase One Is Signed Off, What Next?

The presidential seals on the deal are not even dry, but concerns about feasibility of some of the new agreement’s key aspects are already rising, ING Bank analysts suggest.

17 Jan 2020

How EM Corporate Debt Came to Out-Perform US High Yield – TCW

The past decade has seen emerging market corporate debt come into its own as an asset class, on the back of diversification, growth, and relative valuations. US-based investor TCW analyses some of the reasons that EM corproate debt has diverged from US high yield, to become one of the highest yielding asset classes of 2019.

16 Jan 2020

Brazil, India, Indonesia and China to Drive EM Bank Loans in 2020

UBS analysts predict a strong rebound in credit impulse for EM lenders, with earnings forecast to rise to their highest levels since 2012.

16 Jan 2020

World’s Largest Economies Enjoy Falling Unemployment as Wage Growth Stagnates

Brazil was the only country to buck the trend, after seeing a substantial rise in unemployment over the past five years.

16 Jan 2020

Does the World Still Need Banks?

Economic and business environments are conspiring to prompt some uncomfortable questions for financial institutions. One such question is – does the world still need banks? Rising competitiveness in the financial sector, persistently low interest rates, technological innovation, and a rapidly changing banking sector are just some of the key developments in the UAE of late where the financial…

15 Jan 2020

Islamic Finance to Grow at Slow Rate in 2020 – S&P Global

The Islamic finance industry is set to grow at a rate of around 5% in 2020, due to weak conditions in economic conditions in the industry’s core markets, according to S&P Global’s ‘Islamic Finance Outlook 2020’. The report also notes three drivers - the rise of FinTech, ESG sukuk, and standardisation - could fuel the industry.

15 Jan 2020

Middle East Tensions Concerning, but Lower Short-Term Conflict Risks – Ashmore

Concerns that the assassination of the Iranian general Qassem Soleimani may spark an escalation between the US and Iran have abated following the underwhelming Iranian response. Tensions linger, but in the short-term the prospect of conflict has subsided, according to a note from Ashmore.

14 Jan 2020

EM Currencies, Local Bonds Top Picks for 2020 – JP Morgan Asset Management

Last year was wracked by uncertainty, with trade tensions and a sharp reversal in rates weighing on growth. With the apparent relaxation of trade tensions and a consistent, supportive monetary policy environment, 2020 may be the year of revitalised economic growth, JP Morgan Asset Management analysts argue.

14 Jan 2020

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