Fast Finance The US Federal Reserve will not raise interest rates, at least yet. Following the Fed’s announcement on Thursday, the dollar fell against many currencies (including MENASEA regional currencies that have been hammered as of late). To the extent that the Fed’s concern for Emerging Market turmoil allows it to ...
September 20, 2015Blake Goud
FAST FINANCE Continued dives in major emerging market currencies including the Ringgit, Lira and Real continues. Of these three, all had investment grade ratings before Brazil’s was cut by Standard & Poor’s from BBB- to BB+. The first move on Brazil’s sovereign ratings could be indicative of cuts to other ...
September 13, 2015Blake Goud
HRH Sanusi on departure from Nigeria’s central bank: I am at peace. When it was time for me to go, I left
FAST FINANCE We thank everyone who attended the Global Ethical Finance Forum (GEFF) in Edinburgh, Scotland last week. One of the audience polls taken during a session at GEFF found that 82% of delegates believed that it was always important for investors to incorporate their morals and values in the financial ...
September 7, 2015Blake Goud
FAST FINANCE The impact of commodity price, currencies and the Shanghai market’s volatility finally spills into developed countries’ equity markets but the effect was short-lived as NY Federal Reserve President William Dudley said a rate hike was ‘less compelling’ now than several weeks ago. Dudley’s remarks were followed later in ...
August 31, 2015Blake Goud
FAST FINANCE The surprise announcement that China would allow the renimbi to depreciate by 4.4%, thrust currencies into the spotlight. The term ‘currency war’ is back since it was popularized in 2010 by Brazil’s former finance minister Guido Mantega. Now, the competitive devaluations are spreading across the MENASEA region raising the ...
August 23, 2015Blake Goud
Fast Finance Last week marked the end of Renminbi’s twenty-one year old peg with the US dollar as Chinese Yuan fell by 4.4 percent. This move came at the back of weakened Chinese economy due to a drop in industrial production as well as a slackened demand for consumer products. Emerging ...
August 17, 2015Blake Goud
A report from Standard & Poor’s highlights an interesting development in sukuk markets in West Africa, in a report with several other interesting points. Towards the end of the report, it highlights that the Central Bank of West African States (BCEAO) is allowing Senegal’s sukuk to be used in repo transactions ...
August 13, 2015Blake Goud
FAST FINANCE As Brent crude falls below the $50/bbl, pressure rises on many oil exporters to finance rising budget deficits to preserve their investments saved up during years with higher prices. Saudi Arabia, in particular, is likely to be active in bond issuance and its SR 15bn ($4bn) issuance in ...
August 10, 2015Blake Goud
Fast Finance Talks over the Trans-Pacific Partnership stumbled and one of the sticking points deals with the Japanese auto supply chain which includes non-TPP countries like Thailand. The Japanese auto industry believes that strict rules about origin could harm it which show the complications of a regional approach to trade ...
August 3, 2015Blake Goud
The Islamic Development Bank made a big declaration when, at a development finance event in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia organized by the UN, it announced a 15 year, $150 billion commitment to financing related to the Sustainable Development Goals. The commitment follows investment of $80 billion towards the Millennium Development ...
July 29, 2015Blake Goud