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From leadership to collaboration; shipping’s decarbonisation agenda picks up pace

Charting the course for energy transition in Asia

Podcast: Global Q2-22 outlook – recovery, disrupted

Podcast: Executive spotlight - leading towards net zero

Case studies

Case Study: Refinancing BlackRock’s diversified solar portfolio in the Taiwan market

Learn how we helped with the first green loan arranged by BlackRock Real Assets in Asia Pacific.

Case study: EUR1.24 billion ECA-backed financing to develop high-speed railway infrastructure in Turkey (Türkiye)

Learn how we helped Türkiye’s Ministry of Treasury and Finance with its first green ECA supported financing for economic growth.

Case study: Investing in supranational bonds in local EM currencies

In the wake of Covid-19, supranationals such as the Asian Development Bank (ADB) have stepped up their lending and support in developing member countries and this is made possible by bond issuance, including that denominated in Emerging Market currencies. Investors in these bonds can play a critical role in steering capital to where it is urgently needed.

Case study: Project financing for Vietnam’s largest solar plant through USD186 million ADB loan structure

Find out how Standard Chartered financed the country’s largest renewable energy project by offering debt structuring expertise and long-term interest rate hedging.

Case study: USD 1.1bn financing project to develop and improve water infrastructure in Angola

Learn how we helped Angola’s Ministry of Finance fund a transformational development project that brought together multiple stakeholders.

Case study: Sustainability-linked loan to CSSC (Hong Kong) Shipping Company Limited

Find out how CSSC Shipping and Standard Chartered worked together on a 10 year-sustainability-linked loan that will specifically support CSSC’s decarbonisation efforts, as well as its strategic goals around sustainability.

Case study: ESG-linked derivative for commodity trader, Trafigura

Find out how Standard Chartered executed an ESG-linked derivative that brings together conventional risk management with sustainable linked KPIs across the supply chain.

EUR 159 million ECA-backed financing to improve critical healthcare infrastructure in Côte d’Ivoire

Standard Chartered has provided EUR 159 million financing to the government of Côte d'Ivoire for the refurbishment of maternity wards in 62 hospitals across the country.

Credit markets

Podcast: Executive spotlight: leading towards net zero

A passion for purpose. Listen to the inspiring stories of Henrik Raber and Eila Kreivi as they share their personal journeys into Financial Markets and how they combine industry experience with a deep desire to make a positive impact. What are their challenges, what have they learned and what is their advice for those entering the industry today?

Podcast: Unlocking capital for sustainable infrastructure development in Asia

To close the sustainable development gap in Asia, public and private infrastructure project owners have to tap into new sources of funding. What are these sources, how are they mobilising capital towards developing Asia, and how are they navigating the region’s investment landscape? Learn more in this podcast.

Podcast: Scaling up the inescapable opportunity in carbon trading

Carbon trading is becoming more and more essential to help businesses and the world meet their net-zero goals. In this podcast, learn more about overcoming the challenges, identifying the opportunities, and scaling up carbon markets so that they can support climate action, on a large scale.

Podcast: Innovative financing: a powerful tool to unlock investments as a force for good

More and more investors and companies are incorporating ESG metrics into their capital allocation decisions, and this trend shows no sign of slowing down. In this podcast, learn why we will continue to see an acceleration of sustainable financing and impact investing trends, with ESG asset classes outperforming the rest.

Channelling capital to where it's needed most

In 2021, credit markets have been a force for good. Our year-end edition has several instances of how we partnered together with clients to finance critical sustainable development, navigate the transition to net zero and drive positive change across Asia, Africa and the Middle East. 

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Channelling capital to where it's needed most

In 2021, credit markets have been a force for good. Our year-end edition has several instances of how we partnered together with clients to finance critical sustainable development, navigate the transition to net zero and drive positive change across Asia, Africa and the Middle East. 

Shipping finance

2021 has been one of the most exceptional years that the maritime industry has experienced. Find out how finance and investment are helping.

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Shipping finance

2021 has been one of the most exceptional years that the maritime industry has experienced. Find out how finance and investment are helping.

Financing net zero goals

Find out more about the pivotal role credit markets are playing in the transition to net zero, and how we are supporting our issuer and investor clients to capture  opportunities, while also making a difference.

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Financing net zero goals

Find out more about the pivotal role credit markets are playing in the transition to net zero, and how we are supporting our issuer and investor clients to capture  opportunities, while also making a difference.

Opportunities from disruption

Our inaugural Credit Markets edition of Bankable Insights explores what funding options are available for corporates, financial institutions and sovereigns to raise the capital they need, and how investors can turn their capital into 'a force for good' in today’s rapidly transforming credit landscape.

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Opportunities from disruption

Our inaugural Credit Markets edition of Bankable Insights explores what funding options are available for corporates, financial institutions and sovereigns to raise the capital they need, and how investors can turn their capital into 'a force for good' in today’s rapidly transforming credit landscape.

Charting the course for energy transition in Asia

Learn how energy transition is key for the shipping industry in Asia to turn the corner on its decarbonisation agenda.

From leadership to collaboration; shipping’s decarbonisation agenda picks up pace

Find out how tanker owner, AET is leveraging leadership and collaboration to drive its net zero goals.

The role of the energy sector in shipping’s transition to net zero

Find out how energy major, Shell is fuelling shipping's transition to net zero.

The future growth of Maritime Singapore

Find out how Singapore’s maritime sector is transitioning, and the role innovative financing can play.

Asia opens up to more Term Loan B facilities

Find out why Asian borrowers and global investors are embracing Term Loan B credit?

What is driving the global interest in Islamic Finance?

Rising trends are broadening the appeal of Islamic finance among global investors.

Sustaining the rally for dry bulk carriers

What’s next for the dry bulk shipping industry rally?

How the shipping industry is preparing for the future

Here’s how technological breakthroughs, greener fuel systems and more environmentally friendly vessels are defining a new future for shipping.

Uncovering new investment opportunities in Asia’s changing credit landscape

Find out how Asia’s changing credit landscape is uncovering opportunities for international investors.

Market outlooks and insights

Fed rate hikes, global economic slowdown, and China’s economic outlook

As Fed and other Central Banks around the world slam on the breaks, this could impact growth in the second half of the year. Global Head of Research, Eric Robertsen, shares his views on the potential for global economic deceleration and why China’s economic recovery will be a slow and deliberate one.

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Fed rate hikes, global economic slowdown, and China’s economic outlook

As Fed and other Central Banks around the world slam on the breaks, this could impact growth in the second half of the year. Global Head of Research, Eric Robertsen, shares his views on the potential for global economic deceleration and why China’s economic recovery will be a slow and deliberate one.

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Global Q2-22 outlook – recovery, disrupted

If 2021's expectations were influenced by a new world attitude due to the pandemic, then 2022 may end up being about a new world order. The conflict between Ukraine and Russia and the longevity of China's zero COVID plans. Volatility, interest rates and prices are all on the up. Find out what this means for the markets in this podcast.

Podcast: 2022 Financial Market Surprises Podcast

What are the potential black swans of 2022? Eric Robertsen shares views on possible scenarios that the financial market may have missed.

To have and have not: Ukraine and COVID divide emerging markets

Global crises are dividing frontier and emerging markets into "Haves" that can take advantage of the volatility, and "Have Nots" that are only damaged by it.

The hotspots within the sustainable debt space

Green, social, sustainable and sustainability-linked (GSSS) bonds are attracting lots of interest – particularly the final “S”.

The outlook for 2022: Headwinds blowing differently for DMs and EMs

New and pre-existing factors to shape global economic recovery.

Podcast: Global 2022 Outlook - Still battling headwinds

What’s in store for the global economy over the next 12 months? Eric Robertsen, Razia Khan and Edward Lee share insights on the inflation story and growth opportunities in 2022.

The Known Unknowns: How the world’s snapback from COVID-19 will bring unintended consequences

What are the second order consequences of the global pandemic and recent events in the years to follow and how can corporates and political leaders navigate the changes that occur.

An uneven road to recovery in H2

The optimism around a post-pandemic recovery seen earlier in the year has dimmed somewhat, as the Delta variant of COVID-19 surges across the globe. Clouds of uncertainty have gathered, but plenty of positives remain.

Assessing US exceptionalism and the economic recovery in Q2

US economic data strongly confirms that the US economy is firmly on a recovery track. But are other economies also picking up?

What the world’s vaccine rollout means for growth in Q2

Overall growth prospects for 2021 are bright, but the unevenness of the global vaccine rollout has complex implications for different economies.

Macro trading and investment

Why investors are heading towards Africa’s emerging and frontier markets

Uncovering Africa’s new investment opportunities.

Mastering the art of differentiation: sifting out the gems in emerging market investments in 2022

Differentiation, knowing where to look and constructing resilient portfolios will be the key to successful EM investing in 2022.

How investors should view opportunities in China in 2022

As China moves towards ‘Common Prosperity’, how should international investors position themselves?

Financing and securities services

The future of custody is collaboration

Our first edition of The Custodian for 2022 shares insights on how collaboration is more than just product innovation and official partnerships and its potential benefits – not just for investors, intermediaries, and issuers but for communities and our environment too.

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The future of custody is collaboration

Our first edition of The Custodian for 2022 shares insights on how collaboration is more than just product innovation and official partnerships and its potential benefits – not just for investors, intermediaries, and issuers but for communities and our environment too.

A Focus on Footprint

Asia, Africa and the Middle East are home to the markets with the greatest growth potential in the world; COVID-19 has not altered this fact. Now, bolstered by adapted ways of working and mindsets, many clients are ready to explore these prospects once again. With this in mind, we take ‘A Focus on Footprint’ in this issue of The Custodian.

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A Focus on Footprint

Asia, Africa and the Middle East are home to the markets with the greatest growth potential in the world; COVID-19 has not altered this fact. Now, bolstered by adapted ways of working and mindsets, many clients are ready to explore these prospects once again. With this in mind, we take ‘A Focus on Footprint’ in this issue of The Custodian.

Sibos 2021: ‘Ask Me Anything’ about the convergence of Islamic financing and ESG

Shikkoh Malik, Head of Group Fiduciary & Fund Services and Global Islamic Champion shares insights on the opportunities for Islamic finance to drive sustainable investment.

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Sibos 2021: ‘Ask Me Anything’ about the convergence of Islamic financing and ESG

Shikkoh Malik, Head of Group Fiduciary & Fund Services and Global Islamic Champion shares insights on the opportunities for Islamic finance to drive sustainable investment.

A storm with many fronts: Africa’s COVID recovery faces debt risks

Economies in Sub-Saharan Africa are recovering from COVID but debt, inflation and rising interest rates pose new problems.

Meaningful data products: Custodians enhance their solutions

In this article we outline some of the data solutions which custodians are developing together with how clients are benefiting from them in areas such as settlement efficiency, market access and ESG investing.

Why financial inclusion needs commitment across the capital markets value chain

Financial inclusion plays a critical role in supporting sustainable and resilient capital market environments, particularly in emerging markets. How are infrastructure providers creating more inclusive capital markets?

ESG in Emerging Markets shifts into top gear

Find out how ESG investment in Asia and the Middle East is gaining momentum as investors look to companies globally to tackle climate change and become more transparent about ESG.

GCC: Investor appetite growing but risks persist

Find out why investors are scouring emerging economies – especially those in the Middle East – for alpha.

Shared values for share values: The overlaps between Islamic and ESG investing

Strategic alignment between ESG and Islamic investing has the potential to unlock new long-term investment trajectories and trends

The future of custody: How data and technology are transforming conversations

Custodian banks are becoming less like service providers to their customers, and more like strategic partners. While the human element remains key, the topic of conversation is turning to the digital revolution.

Collaborate to regulate

How targeted engagement helps investors access emerging markets.

China: a long-term opportunity that requires vision, patience and local partnerships

As China’s economy continues to grow, it’s strategic importance to investors continues to rise.

Why Taiwan’s markets offer global investors a gateway to Asia

Strong macro fundamentals and an active, accessible securities market attracts foreign investors to Taiwan.

Driving Flows into East Africa

Why are East African capital markets getting the attention of institutional investors?

Supporting Islamic finance: How custodians are facilitating the market’s growth

As demand for Shariah-compliant investment products and services grows, leading custodian banks are building innovative solutions to cater for the diverse requirements of Islamic financial institutions.

India: Returning back to strength

Why India’s domestic capital markets continue to be an attractive investment for foreign institutions.

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