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Featured Insights

Powering Asia’s energy transition with institutional capital

How can institutional capital accelerate Asia’s shift to sustainable energy?

The future of financing is rainbow

Can financial capital be harnessed as a force for good and tackle inequalities deepened by the pandemic?

Maritime in transition – balancing profit and purpose

With the maritime industry at a pivotal point in its transformation to a lower carbon future, find out how financial institutions can play a more strategic role in proactively supporting the industry’s transition.

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.

Credit Markets

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.

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?

Supply chain financing: an effective way to finance developing markets

Supply chain finance is emerging as an effective instrument to reduce financing gaps in developing markets.

Filling the infrastructure funding gap in Africa: where collaboration meets innovation

Here’s how collaboration and innovation are becoming key to providing long term infrastructure funding in many high-risk emerging markets like Africa.

Megadeals set to heat up M&A in Asia as China rebounds

Deal-making and M&A are surging as the ultra-low-yield economy bolsters confidence and appetite – especially in Asia.

Why it’s time to tap into Africa’s credit market opportunities?

African countries are attracting international funding for development with new and innovative debt instruments.

Capturing opportunities in the race for renewable energy in MENA

Here’s how collaboration and innovative financing can supercharge MENA’s renewable energy ambitions.

How growth and innovation in credit insurance can unlock latent capital

Credit insurance is rapidly growing. Effective collaboration between banks, insurers, and reinsurers is channelling capital to developing-market projects.

Accelerating the path to net zero – the crucial role of finance and investment

As businesses and entire industries completely retool and refocus their priorities to achieve net zero targets, they must also look for ways to fund their transition.

India’s green opportunity – why international finance is vital

Here’s how India’s renewables push is increasing demand for international financing.

Market Outlooks and Insights

Emerging Markets cyclical recovery is under-appreciated

Global Head of Research, Eric Robertsen shares his views on EM growth and why he remains positive about Asia.

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Emerging Markets cyclical recovery is under-appreciated

Global Head of Research, Eric Robertsen shares his views on EM growth and why he remains positive about Asia.

Explore our video insight series

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.

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.

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.

Case Studies

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.

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