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Sovereign-Debt Conundrum Sets Up EU for Banking-Union Stalemate

Europe’s drive to deepen integration of the euro-area banking system has bogged down as policy makers debate ways to rein in banks’ holdings of government debt.

Source:  Bloomberg, 2016/04/14

By |April 19th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

IMF: Public Debt at Highest Point in 70-plus Years

Public debt has soared throughout the world’s advanced economies to the highest levels since World War II, the International Monetary Fund warned Wednesday, with many governments facing weak growth and declining prices for such commodities as oil and metals.

Source:  Voice of America, 2016/04/13

By |April 19th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Saudi Rating Cut for First Time at Fitchon Lower Oil Prices

The kingdom’s rating was lowered one level to AA-, the fourth-highest investment grade, the rating agency said on Tuesday. It maintained a negative outlook for the credit, signaling the possibility of more downgrades.

Source:  Bloomberg, 2016/04/12

By |April 19th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

India’s external financing needs narrowing, helped by low commodities prices and rising FDI

Moody’s Investors Service says that rising foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows continue to narrow India’s external financing needs and mitigate the risk of a potential widening of the current account deficit related to weakening remittances, a credit positive.

Source:  Moody’s, 2016/04/07

By |April 12th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Global bond default tally hits highest level since 2009

The global bond default rate by companies is running at its highest since 2009 with the US accounting for the vast majority, according to rating agency Standard & Poor’s.

Source:  FT, 2016/04/08

By |April 12th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |

Japan’s negative rates a looming headache for central bank

Driving interest rates below zero, the Bank of Japan has turned a comatose government bond market into an enormous free-for-all, complicating the central bank’s own efforts to kick-start growth and end deflation.

Source:  Reuters, 2016/03/27

By |March 29th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Vietnam’s GDP growth slows in first quarter

Vietnam’s economy slowed in the first quarter of 2016, official figures showed Friday, hampered by low oil prices and an ongoing drought that has hit the agricultural sector hard.

Source:  GlobalPost, 2016/03/25

By |March 29th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Fitch Revises Angola’s Outlook to Negative, Affirms at ‘B+’

Fitch Ratings has revised the Outlook on Angola’s Long-term foreign and local currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDRs) to Negative from Stable and affirmed the IDRs at ‘B+’

Source:  Reuters, 2016/03/25

By |March 29th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Behind U.S. GDP Data Is Reason for Recession Worry: Weak Profits

On the face of it, the latest government update on how the U.S. economy performed in the fourth quarter looked a bit more encouraging. Growth was revised to a 1.4 percent annualized pace from a previously estimated 1 percent, and the adjustment to gross domestic product was for a good reason – consumer spending rose […]

By |March 29th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Looming debt sales threaten India’s bond rally

A rally in India’s bond market this month could prove short-lived as investors brace for as much as $157 billion in sovereign debt sales over the next year, including from states financing a big bailout of electricity utilities, analysts warn.

Source:  Reuters, 2016/03/23

By |March 29th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |