Switzerland tops the World Economic Forum’s competitiveness league for the fourth year running, according to the latest survey out today, while the United States is slipping down the table because of political and economic problems.
But quite a few emerging market countries are jumping up the league.
Charles Robertson at Renaissance Capital highlights Turkey and Nigeria as some of the best performers in the last year, rising 16 and 12 places respectively in the index, which is based on 12 measures, including infrastructure, macro-economic environment, and market size.
Guarantees on emerging market debt need to be silver-plated these days after the defaults of Ukraine’s state energy firm Naftogaz and Kazakhstan’s BTA bank in recent years show implied guarantees are not worth the paper that they weren’t even written on.
Tunisia must have taken that to heart as it issued a dollar bond this month guaranteed by the United States, still rated AAA by two major ratings agencies.
LONDON (Reuters) – Four men have been arrested in connection with the ambush killings in Ivory Coast of seven U.N. peacekeepers on its border with Liberia, Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara said on Friday.
An adviser to Ouattara said the four had been arrested in Liberia and would be extradited to Ivory Coast to stand trial.
Investors are placing larger bets on the chances of an Israeli or U.S. air strike on Iran by the end of the year after a bomb on a bus carrying Israeli tourists in Bulgaria killed seven people yesterday.
Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said “All the signs lead to Iran”, though Defence Minister Ehud Barak sounded more restrained and Iran denied responsibility. Oil hit a seven-week high above $106 a barrel on supply concerns over tensions in the region.
LONDON, July 19 (Reuters) – The easing of sanctions in
Myanmar is encouraging western portfolio investors to start
looking at the previously-restricted economy, with one
London-based private equity firm planning to invest in pleasure
The country of 50 million people is rich in natural
resources such as oil and metals, and its temples and colonial
buildings should attract tourists, but Myanmar has major
infrastructure needs such as for power generation.
LONDON (Reuters) – Investors are criss-crossing the increasingly smudged line between emerging and developed markets as the euro zone crisis challenges traditional perceptions of a safe investment.
This blurring of distinctions was illustrated last month by index compiler MSCI’s surprise decision to review Greece’s stock market for downgrade to emerging market status, usually assigned to poorer countries offering lower liquidity and less open access to trade.
LONDON, July 4 (Reuters) – Risky emerging stock markets have
had a storming rally in the past month on a more upbeat view of
the world’s prospects, though their fate remains inextricably
linked to that of the euro zone.
The growth outlook for China – the export destination for
emerging commodity producers like Brazil and Russia – and the
impact on the oil price of tensions over Iran are also major
risks as emerging and developed economies become more
We all know that Greece finally persuaded bondholders to swap their debt for new bonds this year, averting a messy default.
But Greece is not the only country to keep investors biting their nails in 2012 over the value of their holdings – frontier market sovereign borrowers have also been tinkering with their debt payments.
LONDON, June 28 (Reuters) – Emerging market borrowers have
already met most of their 2012 external fundraising targets half
way through the year and are on course for an annual
They are benefit ting from investors favouring debt over
equity and developing markets over the troubled euro zone.
LONDON (Reuters) – Oil bounced from 18-month lows and U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Friday as investors looked to possible crisis resolution at upcoming meetings of European leaders rather than at weak data.
European stocks were down 0.4 percent after German business sentiment fell for a second straight month in June to its lowest level in more than two years, according to the Ifo think tank, adding to poor economic numbers this week from the United States, China and Europe.