Monthly Archives: July 2017

Asian Asset Owners Are Leapfrogging Into ESG

Sustainable investing has become particularly popular in Europe, across many countries.  In the Asia Pacific region, certain countries such as Japan and Australia have shown stronger interest in ESG thanks to asset owner demand, availability of ESG data, and regulatory pressures.  In the last couple of years, we have seen some of Japan’s largest institutional investors, including the Government Pension Investment Fund, which is the biggest pension fund in the world, incorporating ESG into their investment practices.  This has had a major trickle-down effect on the investment value chain, from asset managers to providers of data.

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Asian Fixed Income: The Birth of Bond Connect

As a follow up to the previous article, Bond Connect officially launched on July 3, 2017. Bond Connect allows international market participants to trade China’s interbank bonds through the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.  It marked a milestone in China to further open up its capital market, following the China Interbank Bond Market (CIBM) announcement last Read more […]

Basel panel rates China, US as LCR compliant, EU one notch worse

Basel panel rates China, US as LCR compliant, EU one notch worse

Liquidity Coverage Ratios in China and the US are “compliant” with the Basel framework, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision reported Monday. But the European Union’s LCR is rated only “largely compliant.”

Banks increase CLO forecasts as issuance thrives

Banks are increasing their US Collateralized Loan Obligation (CLO) forecasts with issuance set to surpass some of the most pessimistic 2017 predictions.

The market has defied expectations with issuance this year of US$49bn through June 23, 90% higher than the same period last year, according to Thomson Reuters LPC Collateral. If these revised forecasts are realized, 2017 would be among the top five years of volume ever. Issuance in 2014 of US$123.6bn is the record.

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LPC: Low-rated companies fuel record US syndicated lending

Low-rated companies, rushing to slice borrowing costs with interest rates low and demand for higher-yielding assets elevated, drove US leveraged lending to a first-half record and in turn propelled total US syndicated loan issuance to an all-time high for any half-year period.

The US$732.2bn of leveraged loans issued in the first half, a 92% spike above the US$380.7bn during the same time a year ago, boosted overall syndicated volume to US$1.22trln, according to Thomson Reuters LPC.

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Aligning SDG Goals – The Next ESG Challenge

The term “sustainable development” has been in existence for decades — 30 years ago, in 1987, the World Commission on Environment and Development proposed developing new ways to assess progress toward sustainable development in the “Brundtland Report.”

Historically, there was a lack of comprehensive goals or targets for “the future we want” and a lack of adequate monitoring of progress toward enduring human and environmental well-being.  This absence of an overarching framework limited the ability to assess progress toward attaining sustainable development.

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When Enough Is Enough: Assessing Credit Risk Of Companies With Incomplete Financials

Risk analysts are often confronted with incomplete financial information when dealing with private corporations, and therefore face gaps in their credit risk analysis. When this happens, some analysts may approximate missing financial values with industry averages, or forego the analysis altogether.
In his latest blog, Giorgio Baldassarri, Global Head of the Analytic Development Group, explains why taking a dual approach to credit risk analysis, that takes into account both the quantity and materiality of the exposures, is encouraged when there are missing financials.
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Green Bonds: Addressing Solvency II Benchmarking Requirements

Solvency II is the new region-wide supervisory framework for insurance and reinsurance companies operating in the European Union.  The new regime includes three pillars, calculation of capital reserves, management of risk and governance, and reporting to the national supervisory authority.  Moving to a risk-based approach in calculating solvency capital requirements (SCR) will require reassessment of investment choice.  Risky assets that will require a higher charge may become less appealing vis-à-vis a low risk asset, despite the expectation of better performance.

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