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Podcast: Scaling up the inescapable opportunity in carbon trading

Podcast: Unlocking capital for sustainable infrastructure development in Asia

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

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

Case studies

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: 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.

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.

Turning challenges into opportunities: how well are oil and gas companies navigating the move to net zero?

To successfully navigate the energy transition, the oil and gas industry must continue a proactive dialogue with investors, banks and regulators.

Why decarbonisation remains shipping’s foremost challenge – and opportunity in a changing world

From disruptions to supply chains caused by the pandemic, environmental regulations and increasing pressures to decarbonise, what does the future of shipping look like?

Can carbon trading help the shipping industry reach net zero?

Shipping is seen as one of the most difficult industries to decarbonise, and industry players blame the lack of commercially viable technologies. Can carbon trading help?

Market outlooks and insights

Fed, US rates, inflation – where are the opportunities

Global Head of Research, Eric Robertsen shares his views on Fed rate hikes, US and global inflation and the opportunities in emerging market assets.

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Fed, US rates, inflation – where are the opportunities

Global Head of Research, Eric Robertsen shares his views on Fed rate hikes, US and global inflation and the opportunities in emerging market assets.

Explore our video insight series

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

New and pre-existing factors to shape global economic recovery

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.

Podcast: H2 Global Research Outlook - Navigating the uneven road to recovery

Economists have started using the term normalisation to describe what might be on the horizon for the global economy. However, countries emerging from various lockdowns and restrictions find themselves on different points along the growth curve. What does this mean for the rate setting cycle? And how can we navigate the patchwork scenario ahead? Hear insights from our economists, Eric Robertsen, Razia Khan and Kaushik Rudra.

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

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.

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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