In South Africa, March and April were volatile months for fixed income investors, but the market has been relatively stable since, Lyle Sankar, fund manager at PSG Asset Management, has said.
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The Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund (EAIF) has acted as an anchor investor in a bond issued in London on June 8, 2020 by HTA Group (HT), a whole owned subsidiary of Helios Towers.
Nasdaq has added two of the world’s largest issuers of social bonds to Nasdaq Sustainable Bond Network, a global and publicly available platform designed to improve transparency in the market for green, social and sustainability bonds.
Investment into the Tanzanian treasury bond sector offers a compelling opportunity and the backing of the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania for the Treasury Bonds further provides a high level of risk mitigation, according to Jim Coleman, CEO of de Carnys Capital.
MERJ Exchange, the national stock exchange of the Seychelles, expanded by 325% in the past year to $1.2bn, according to the World Federation of Exchange’s latest data.
The Covid pandemic and volatile markets are causing various investors and asset owners to review their portfolios, according to Zack Bezuidenhout, Head of client coverage for S&P Dow Jones Indices SA and Sub-Saharan Africa.
The Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA), a member of the World Bank Group, has launched a $6.5bn fast-track facility to support private sector investors and lenders tackling the COVID-19 pandemic in low- and middle-income countries.
Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa has been significantly impacted by the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak and is forecast to fall sharply from 2.4% in 2019 to -2.1 to -5.1% in 2020, the first recession in the region over the past 25 years, according to the latest Africa’s Pulse, the World Bank’s economic update for the region.
Insurance firms are an important source of capital for investment on the African continent, according to Gilbert Anyetei, Alternative Investment Associate at RisCura.
In light of the recent volatile market conditions, the boards of Investec have decided not to pursue the global offer of approximately 10% of the combined total issued share capital of Ninety One.
Frontier funds are currently very underweight with just 1.8% in Morocco, but may increase their exposure when its weight in the MSCI Frontier Index increases, according to Renaissance Capital.
The Infrastructure Consortium for Africa (ICA) has announced a 24% leap in infrastructure financing in Africa in 2018, surpassing $100bn for the first time.
The demerger and independent listing of Investec Asset Management (IAM) remains on track for Q1 2020, subject to Investec Group shareholder approvals.
The African Development Bank has approved the conversion of the Bank-administered multi-donor trust fund SEFA into a “special fund”, to amplify its development impact by allowing it to access a wider range of financial instruments beyond the current scope of technical assistance.