It’s been a long time coming but S&P has finally awarded Brazil with its first straight A. Okay, it may be an A- and it’s only on local currency debt, but for a country that was once laughed at by investors for its hyperinflation and continuous currency crises, it’s one hell of an achievement.
S&P upgraded Brazil’s long-term foreign currency sovereign rating to BBB from BBB- but raised its long-term local currency rating to ‘A-’ from ‘BBB+’. Continue reading »
S&P has upgraded Brazil’s foreign currency rating by one notch to BBB from BBB- with a stable outlook.
S&P said: We expect the government to pursue cautious fiscal and monetary policies that, combined with the country’s growing economic resilience, should moderate the impact of potential external shocks and sustain long-term growth prospects.
S&P already had Brazil as investment grade so no change there and the upgrade brings it into line with ratings from Fitch and Moody’s, the other two big agencies. Analysts said Brazil was already trading above S&P’s rating.
Not a good day for Hungary. Investors piled into the country’s currency and stocks on Thursday after the economy ministry said it would, after all, enter into an agreement with the International Monetary Fund to provide an “insurance contract” for investors in the country.
This was an embarrassing U-turn for the government but investors loved it. Until, that is, the IMF poured cold water on the whole idea. Continue reading »
Foreign direct investment into Brazil in the first nine months of this year grew by a mighty 123.6 per cent compared to the same period last year, according to the central bank. Evidently, Latin America’s powerhouse is attracting an enormous amount of productive investment. Then again, maybe not. Continue reading »
It’s usually bad form to hit someone when they’re down but that may be what happens to emerging markets – and particularly central Europe – if eurozone banks are forced to deleverage to meet new capital requirements that come into effect next year. Continue reading »
The rand hit a four week low against the US dollar this week, the latest dip in the currency’s recent rollercoaster ride as concerns over the eurozone crisis weigh heavily on South Africa. Continue reading »
By Neil Munshi and James Fontanella-Khan
Looks like the market, at least provisionally, is ready to believe in the King of the Good Times again. Now they have more to think about, as the embattled Indian billionaire tells the FT he is close to sealing a last-minute deal to keep his debt-ridden Kingfisher Airlines airborne. Continue reading »
As bond yields across Europe climb ever higher, one frontier African economy has managed to get a $409m bond issue away at a yield 150 basis points less than it paid a month ago.
Of course, Nigeria still had to offer an eyewatering yield of 16.5 per cent but any improvement on the even more painful 18 per cent it payed in October is welcome – particularly for an economy that is struggling with inflation, low growth and a high interest rate which is posing a dilemma oft repeated in the region. Continue reading »
It looks like Anglo American has read the FT’s Lex column and taken its advice to heart: it now wants to sit down this week with Codelco, the Chilean state mining company, and find a way to avoid years of litigation over Anglo’s Chilean assets. Continue reading »
The Hungarian forint soared over 2 per cent against euro and the Bux was up 3.8 per cent on Thursday following news that Budapest will, after all, drop its opposition to seeking support from the International Monetary Fund and start talks immediately.
The government has been forced into an embarrassing U-turn after its borrowing costs soared earlier in the day, with the state selling 2022 bonds at an average yield of 8.78 per cent – up from 8.17 per cent two weeks ago. Continue reading »
Traditionally, politicians have kept an eye on voter sentiment to stay in their jobs. In the current environment markets are much more important, as the recently ousted leaders of Greece and Italy can attest.
That’s why Poland’s Donald Tusk is likely to aim a speech on Friday, setting out his government’s priorities for the next four years, as much at credit rating agencies as at voters. Continue reading »
Despite deep political tensions and a vulnerable economy, Bahrain has managed to issue a $750m sovereign bond, becoming the first strife-hit country of the ‘Arab spring’ to tap capital markets since unrest began in January.
The seven-year sukuk is paying out 6.3 per cent, twice as expensive as, say, oil-rich Abu Dhabi, one of the city-states to have escaped street protests this year. But, in the circumstances, the Bahrain government will be grateful for the terms it has secured. Continue reading »
Another European bank in need of a rescue. This time it’s a small bank in a small country but the Lithuanian government’s surprise decision to take control of Bank Snoras will have officials elsewhere redoubling checks on their own institutions.
Vilnius insisted on Thursday its banks were safe after the state’s takeover on Wednesday of Lithuania’s fifth-largest bank by assets. The authorities acted after finding an alleged hole of 1bn litas ($392m) in the bank’s balance sheet. Continue reading »
A prototype common platform for trading south east Asian stocks with a combined market value of around $2,000bn will open in June next year, the chief executives of the seven participating exchanges said on Thursday.
The system, known as the Asean Trading Link, will initially connect the Kuala Lumpur’s Bursa Malaysia and the Singapore Exchange, with the Stock Exchange of Thailand joining in August after a new trading engine goes live. Other bourses will come later. Continue reading »
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* India central bank to buy bonds Continue reading »