The country’s implicit backstop to all state-linked borrowers has stymied credit and risk analysis. Abandoning it will encourage proper risk management and better bond pricing.
US politician-led attempts to curb equity investment into China look set to struggle in the face of index providers raising the country in their index allocations over the next two years.
Investors are now being empowered to integrate ESG factors into their core investments in markets around the world by using the new S&P ESG Index Series.
Emerging-market equities still have room to rise, but EM bonds face potential problems that could scupper their rally, says Tai Hui, the fund house’s chief market strategist for Asia.
Negative rates have failed to spur domestic demand, and while institutions have been driven to invest more offshore, they now face other issues, says Mark Konyn of insurer AIA.
Moody's, Standard & Poor's and several local rating agencies – including China's Dagong – have agreed to consider environmental, social and governance issues when deciding on ratings.