Flight to Quality Continues for Bond Investors

Bond investors continued to move towards safety and quality amid negative sentiment world over. US President Trump upped the ante on the trade war with additional tariffs on US$ 300 billion in Chinese imports. Protests in Hong Kong continued to disrupt the peace and...

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Renewed Trade Tensions Trigger Risk-Off in Bonds

Renewed trade tensions coupled with neutral commentary from the Fed Chair, after the FOMC cut interest rates by 25 basis points, triggered a move towards safer assets globally in the early days of August. US President Trump imposed tariffs on an additional US$ 300...

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Fed Certainly Uncertain – Cuts Rates by 25bps

The U.S. Federal Reserve cut interest rates for the first time in more than a decade on Wednesday 31 July, citing “implications of global developments for the economic outlook as well as muted inflation pressures”. Fed Chairman Jerome Powell said the cut was to...

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Transition Bonds – Helping Polluters Turn Green

As a supplement to our 16th July article on Green Bonds, we introduce a relatively new concept that's fast gaining traction in the 'green' credit field - transition bonds. What are transition bonds and who issues them? A new class of bonds, transition bonds, are aimed...

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Green Bonds – Everything You Need to Know

What are green bonds? Green bonds are different from conventional bonds in their use of proceeds - they are to be exclusively used towards financing or re-financing ‘green’ projects, such as to develop renewable energy technologies or to mitigate climate changes. In...

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Dovish Central Banks Drive Up Demand for HY Bonds

While the month of May saw bond investors flock to safer assets amid trade tensions, June was characterized by a return to riskier assets on the back of a dovish stance by major central banks. The Fed signaled a possibility of a rate cut during the FOMC meeting on...

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