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
FAST FINANCE Emerging markets are selling off in historic ways as a basket of emerging market currencies hits lows not seen since before the commodities supercycle began at the start of the millennium. Besides emerging market currency values, also sliding are foreign exchange reserves held by emerging markets, commodities ...
July 27, 2015Blake Goud
Arab Petroleum Investments Corporation (APICORP), which invests in the Organization of Arab Petroleum Exporting Countries (OAPEC) countries’ energy sector, recently announced a $3 billion sukuk program that could transform the balance sheet of this smaller, lesser known Saudi multilateral development bank (MDB) as well as its future investment strategy. The ...
July 22, 2015Blake Goud
FAST FINANCE Following our special report on Iran before Eid, we follow up on the impact of the Iran agreement with the P5+1 on providers of export finance to the companies that will resume trading with the Islamic Republic and a look at growth in real estate investment by Iranians in ...
July 20, 2015Blake Goud
Emad Mostaque, Strategist, EcstratThe last few years of negotiation following the freezing of Iran from the global system in 2012, co-ordinated with several regional allies to try to prevent the inexorable shift in the regional balance of power and baking of the Shia croissant, has shown that Iran is indeed ...
July 15, 2015Blake Goud
FAST FINANCE All eyes this week were on the Eurozone as Greece teeters on the brink of Euro exit. The ripples spread across the world…and across the Mediterranean with effects on North Africa, the Levant and Turkey, as described in our first feature article. In other MENASEA news, Malaysia’s ...
July 13, 2015Blake Goud
Dubai has made great strides towards being the center for sukuk listing globally. The total number of listed sukuk on NASDAQ Dubai and Dubai Financial Market accounts for $ 31.7 billion across 42 listed sukuk. Bursa Malaysia--which had previously been the most active—has the same number of listed sukuk ...
July 9, 2015Blake Goud