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Cyclical downturn, not structural decline. It’s been a torrid time for investors in emerging markets,1 who have seen 18% shaved off the MSCI Emerging Market Index2 over the last six months. At the eye of the storm has been China, where faltering economic growth has been compounded by stock market routs. In August, Shanghai’s benchmark index3 fell by 8.5% in a single session, prompting Chinese policymakers to undertake a spate of interest-rate cuts to bolster the flagging economy. For its emerging market peers, China’s decision to allow the yuan4 to devalue over three days was especially significant, and watched with consternation. The move led to fears of competitive devaluations across Asia and broader emerging markets, an unwelcome development to exporters already feeling the pinch of falling commodity prices.
Date added: 11-12-2015
Focusing on financial policy and regulatory developments in Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Cambodia and Malaysia, this reports explores the different barriers that exist to private climate finance flows in the region and concludes that capital is hindered from moving towards low-carbon infrastructure because of a number of policy and regulatory barriers, including a lack of policy consistency and alignment, potential liquidity issues in the banking sector, and structural barriers to climate finance innovation in financial markets.
Date added: 06-10-2015