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income streams for kenyans / Kenya's eurobond
  • Kenya’s Eurobond will positively impact the exchange, inflation, and interest rates.
  • Diamond Trust Bank revealed that Kenya’s $1.5 billion Eurobond attracted more than $6 billion in demand.
  • Kenya’s $1.5 Billion Eurobond will also be used to offset $2billion Eurobond maturing in June. 

The issuance of Kenya’s $1.5 Billion Eurobond is likely to ease concerns about the debt situation and lift the overall outlook for the country, one of the country’s banking industry players has said.

Diamond Trust Bank revealed that the new $1.5 billion Eurobond, which attracted demand of more than $6 billion, is likely to positively affect the exchange rate, inflation, interest rates, and government spending in the payment of debts and development.

Speaking at DTB’s Economic and Sustainability Forum, the bank’s Group CEO and Managing Director Nasim Devji said the recovery will be felt more in the second half of the year, and the economy will grow …

non-performing loans in kenya
  • Non-performing loans in Kenya surged to a 16-year high of 15 per cent in August 2023.
  • The Kenya Bankers Association had called for further monetary policy tightening by the CBK, terming it a cure to elevated non-performing loans.
  • According to the CBK data, forex pressure cut lending to the private sector to 8.3 per cent during the review period.

The banking sector regulator has said that Kenya’s private sector players resorted to alternative funding sources to avoid the high lending rates, leading to a drop in non-performing loans during the holiday season.

The continued surge in bank interest rates has hit individuals and businesses hard on the back of the Central Bank of Kenya’s (CBK) elevated benchmark interest rate. This has happened thrice since Governor Kamau Thugge took office, citing the need to support the country’s struggling shilling.

On Tuesday this week, the Central Bank of Kenya increased the benchmark …

Africa's financial literacy deficit

Financial knowledge remains paramount in an era in which increasingly complex financial products have become readily available to many. Governments in different countries have put more effort into expanding access to financial services. Consequently, the number of individuals with bank accounts and access to credit products is increasing.

Financial literacy remains crucial to personal and economic empowerment, enabling people to make sound financial choices and manage their finances effectively. Africa suffers from a significant shortage of financial literacy, which hinders its economic growth and development.…

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UN Secretary-General/Antonio Guterres/the IMF and the World Bank

The United Nations (UN) has called for major reforms for two institutions considered key players in the new world order. Antonio Guterres, the UN secretary-general, is pushing for major changes in the IMF and the World Bank.

According to Guterres, the International Monetary Fund has profited the rich nations at the expense of the developing ones. The UN secretary-general describes the response by IMF and the World Bank towards the COVID-19 pandemic as a “glaring failure” that left most developing nations significantly indebted.…

Strong US dollar
  • Economic experts are of the view that the banking crisis that spooked investors and sent shockwaves around the world could ultimately be beneficial for global financial markets.
  •  DeVere Group CEO Nigel Green says banking crisis could ultimately prove to be beneficial for global markets. 
  •  The emergency lifelines being thrown to banks by regulators and governments, among others, appear to have now halted contagion within the sector.

The banking crisis that spooked investors and sent shock waves around the world could ultimately be beneficial for global financial markets.

This is according to Nigel Green, the CEO and founder deVere Group, one of the world’s largest independent financial advisory, asset management and fintech organizations who says the banking crisis could trigger a vital intervention from governments to stabilise the markets.

Green says the emergency lifelines being thrown to banks by regulators and governments, among others, appear to have now halted contagion within …

Africa's debt sustainability struggles

Over the past decade, African countries have accumulated external debt at a faster pace. The countries have capitalized on abundant, low-cost international credit for fiscal and balance-of-payments funding to help drive development plans.

Africa’s total external debt, accrued by both the private and public sectors, owed to foreign lenders, has surpassed $1 trillion. The related annual debt servicing costs broke through the $100 billion threshold for the first time in 2021.…

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Global recession is here: how investors should brace for it

The high-interest rates have made the United States dollar more appealing to investors who are piling into the greenback. The value of other currencies has tumbled: the pound, yuan, euro, and the yen. This depreciation in other currencies makes imports for these countries more expensive in United States dollars. The case for a recession caused by a strong dollar is grimmer in Africa where just about every country on the continent is overextended in terms of United States dollar-denominated borrowings.

Repaying loans in hard currency will be more expensive, especially where their currencies are rapidly depreciating.

The strong US dollar according to CNN has a destabilizing effect on Wall Street.

Companies listed on that bourse conduct business internationally, and a strong dollar will negatively impact their earnings. The second marker of the global economic recession is that US economy is slowing down or stalling. The world’s largest economy is driven …

Ghana sovereign debt crisis

Ghana’s case specifically plays out with the dramatic effect consistent with a Shakespearean tragedy. The west African nation ironically is a darling of the West in terms of foreign direct investment. Yet, its debt levels have breached what multilateral institutions consider to be sustainable. A painful irony in the case of Ghana is that it was offered the opportunity to renegotiate the terms of its debts through the World Bank’s Debt Service Suspension Initiative. However, Ghana did not elect to participate.

A second painful irony is that Ghana, this time around, does not owe most of its debts to multilateral institutions like the International Monetary Fund or the World Bank. It owes the bulk of its debt to private lenders like the world’s largest asset manager Black Rock, and its has expressed that it has no interest in renegotiating the terms of Ghana’s sovereign debt.

If Ghana had borrowed from …

Monetary and fiscal policy are two powerful tools that governments use to steer economies. www.theexchange.africa

Countries must continue to work to mitigate their vulnerabilities over time. This involves minimizing balance-sheet misalignments, establishing money and foreign exchange markets, and lowering exchange rate passthrough by increasing monetary policy credibility.

However, in the short term—while vulnerabilities remain high—the use of extra instruments may assist relieve short-term policy trade-offs when certain shocks occur. In particular, foreign exchange intervention, macroprudential policy measures, and capital flow controls may help increase monetary and fiscal policy autonomy, promote financial and price stability, and minimize output volatility if reserves are enough and these instruments are available.…