Nerves about the potential impact of sanctions on Russian banks and the orderly functioning of Russian markets are driving investors to trade Russian rouble forwards offshore rather than onshore, even though the central bank told Reuters today it will not impose capital controls
Several Russian companies are also trading at a higher price in the offshore (GDR/ADR) market than the local stock markets, according to research by Bank of America-Merrill Lynch. The price difference in some cases such as Mobile Telesystems and Magnit is as big as 15-16 percent, BofA/ML notes.
LONDON, March 17 (Reuters) – The premium to trade Russian
roubles offshore has increased in foreign exchange derivative
markets, traders and brokers said on Monday, as market
participants worry that onshore rouble contracts might not be
The United States and European Union slapped sanctions on
Russian and Ukrainian officials after Crimea voted on Sunday to
secede from Ukraine and join Russia. Among them are two top
advisers to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
LONDON, March 13 (Reuters) – Foreign investors’ growing
presence in sub-Saharan African financial markets has made those
assets more vulnerable to contagion from losses in bigger
emerging markets and problems on the home turf are not helping.
Drawn by Africa’s fast economic growth, its emerging middle
class and juicy returns offered by frontier markets in the
region, foreign investors have raised their stakes in recent
LONDON, March 12 (Reuters) – Index compiler MSCI plans to
include China’s mainland-based A shares in its benchmark
emerging market index from May 2015, as the country gradually
opens up its markets to foreign investors.
MSCI has started consultations with investors and will make
a final decision in June, the firm said in the consultation
LONDON, March 10 (Reuters) – Shove over, emerging markets -
high-yield debt has taken your place.
Emerging-market bonds, star performers just a year ago, are
being replaced by high-yielding corporate debt from developed
markets by investors searching for yield.
LONDON, March 6 (Reuters) – Ukrainian and Russian assets
fell on Thursday after Crimea’s parliament voted to join Russia
and the United States ordered sanctions on those involved in
undermining democracy in the region.
Crimea’s Moscow-backed government said a referendum on the
region’s status would take place on March 16, in a dramatic
escalation of the crisis over the Ukrainian Black Sea peninsula.
LONDON, March 5 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s short-dated dollar
bonds plunged by as much as 6 cents on Wednesday after the
country’s finance minister said it may start talks with
creditors on restructuring debt, though Western aid pledges
helped prices to recover.
Ukrainian bond prices have been under pressure for weeks
despite prospects of a multi-billion dollar International
Monetary Fund bailout, as the state of the country’s economy and
the sheer weight of debt repayments made a restructuring likely.
LONDON, March 4 (Reuters) – Russian equities, bonds and the
rouble soared on Tuesday and Ukraine’s assets rallied after
Russian moves that investors took as a sign of an easing in
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Moscow would only use
force in Ukraine “as a last resort” after ordering troops
involved in a military exercise in western Russia back to base.
LUXEMBOURG, Feb 27 (Reuters) – Bankers and policymakers
across Europe want a slice of the growing market in China’s
offshore currency, but a slowing economy and the yuan’s recent
slide may make investors wary.
In barely five years, China’s gradual liberalisation of its
renminbi, or yuan, currency has inspired a slew of investment
funds based in Hong Kong or elsewhere, including those aimed at
the retail market.
SAO PAULO/LONDON, Feb 24 (Reuters) – Ukraine’s dollar bonds
rallimed on Monday on expectations the heavily indebted nation
would receive aid from Western donors, while recovering investor
sentiment helped Brazil’s currency reach its strongest level in
Ukraine, whose President Viktor Yanukovich was forced out of
office at the weekend, said on Monday it needed $35 billion in
foreign assistance over the next two years and appealed for