IMF Sees Tough South Africa Budget Unless Fiscal Risk Sorted

IMF Sees Tough South Africa Budget Unless Fiscal Risk Sorted

JOHANNESBURG (Capital Markets in Africa) – South Africa will face more fiscal difficulties and higher financing costs should state-owned companies’ debt continue rising and if the nation’s local debt is downgraded to junk, the International Monetary Fund said. If state entities such as cash-strapped power utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. and South African Airways request more state support, the government will have to step in to help, removing fiscal space for “more socially useful activities,” Montfort…

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Zimbabwe’s Mugabe Said to Risk Impeachment If He Won’t Quit

Zimbabwe’s Mugabe Said to Risk Impeachment If He Won’t Quit

HARARE (Capital Markets in Africa) – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe could be impeached if he refuses to bow to pressure to resign, according to four officials close to mediation efforts aimed at ending a political standoff in the southern African nation. The military placed the 93-year-old Mugabe under house arrest early Wednesday and detained top officials who’d backed his wife, Grace, to succeed him. Mugabe has been made aware he could be impeached but he initially dismissed the…

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Angolan Sonangol’s Fired Boss Said She Leaves $2 Billion in Reserves

Angolan Sonangol’s Fired Boss Said She Leaves $2 Billion in Reserves

LUANDA (Capital Markets in Africa) – Isabel dos Santos, Africa’s richest woman, said Sonangol will be left with a financial reserve of $2 billion after she leaves as chair of Angola’s state-owned oil company. Her firing Wednesday marks the first time Angolan President Joao Lourenco has directly targeted the family of his predecessor, Jose Eduardo dos Santos, who ruled Africa’s second-biggest oil producer for 38 years and appointed his eldest daughter to the helm of Sonangol last year. She was relieved…

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Bitcoin Flirts With Record $8,000 High, Leaving Sell-Off Behind

Bitcoin Flirts With Record $8,000 High, Leaving Sell-Off Behind

LAGOS (Capital Markets in Africa) – Bitcoin has picked up right where it left off, capping a resurgent week by climbing within a few dollars short of a record $8,000 just days after a plunge of as much as 29 percent from the previous high tested the confidence of advocates of the cryptocurrency. Bitcoin has gained 17 percent this week, touching a high of $7,997.17 during Asia hours before moving lower in late trading. The rally…

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UBS Shuns Bitcoin Allocations Due to Threat of Crypto Crackdown

UBS Shuns Bitcoin Allocations Due to Threat of Crypto Crackdown

LAGOS (Capital Markets in Africa) – UBS Group AG, the world’s largest wealth manager, isn’t prepared to make portfolio allocations to bitcoin because of a lack of government oversight, the bank’s chief investment officer said. Bitcoin has also not reached the critical mass to be considered a viable currency to invest in, UBS’s Mark Haefele said in an interview. The total sum of all cryptocurrencies is “not even the size of some of the smaller currencies” that UBS…

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Nigeria Aims to Issue $2.5b of Eurobonds on Monday

Nigeria Aims to Issue $2.5b of Eurobonds on Monday

LAGOS (Capital Markets in Africa) – Nigeria plans to issue a Eurobond of at least $2.5 billion on Monday, says Kevin Daly, a money manager at Standard Life Aberdeen, who attended an investor meeting with officials from the nation in London Thursday. Nigerian delegation included Finance Minister Kemi Adeosun, central bank Governor Godwin Emefiele, head of the Debt Management Office, Patience Oniha, and Ben Akabueze, head of the budget office. Nigeria may increase the size…

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Bonds Extend Rally Ahead of Linker Auction

Bonds Extend Rally Ahead of Linker Auction

JOHANNESBURG (Capital Markets in Africa) – South Africa’s 10-year government bonds rose for a fourth day, set for the longest winning streak in two months, ahead of National Treasury’s inflation-linked bond auction, scheduled later Friday. The rand weakened against the dollar, broadly in line with other emerging-market currencies. National Treasury plans to sell 900m rand ($63.4 million) across inflation-linked bonds maturing in 2029, 2033 and 2050. This is the first linker auction with an increased issuance size,…

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