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An Update on Turkey and the Banking System

Now Available On-Demand

Fitch Ratings is hosting a webinar on the key drivers behind Turkey’s rating and negative outlook. Turkey’s banking sector, facing market volatility and heightened operating environment pressures, will also be discussed.


Ed Parker - Head of EMEA Sovereign Ratings
Paul Gamble - Head of Emerging Europe Sovereign Ratings
Lindsey Liddell - Senior Director Financial Institution Ratings


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South Africa After the Elections and Update on Eskom

Now Available On-Demand


The discussion will focus on:
South Africa Sovereign:

  • Analysis and impact of the elections
  • Outlook for economic reforms and growth
  • Fiscal policy, debt and sovereign considerations in Eskom


  • Liquidity weak despite equity support
  • Weak business and financial profile
  • Supportive GRE links

Jan Friedrich - Head of Middle Eastern and African Sovereign Ratings 
Yeshvir Singh - Director, Corporate Ratings - EMEA


Related researchSouth Africa Election Highlights Reform Constraints


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Fitch Wins Best Rating Agency for Emerging Market Bonds at Global Capital Awards

We are pleased to announce we have been voted the Best Rating Agency for Emerging Market Bonds at this year's Global Capital Awards. "Analytical excellence is a core focus at Fitch and this further recognition from global market participants underlines the quality of our emerging market analysis and commentary, as well as our broader market outreach efforts," Brett Hemsley, Global Analytical Head for Fitch Ratings.

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Latin America Mega Borrowers

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Fitch Ratings is hosting a webcast on the largest Emerging Market borrowers in Latin America. Senior analysts from the Latin America Corporate Ratings Group will provide forecast snapshots on the following mid to low investment-grade issuers with the highest adjusted debt: America Movil, Ecopetrol, Petrobras and Suzano. 


Daniel Kastholm - Managing Director and Regional Group Head, Latin America Corporate Ratings (moderator)
Lucas Aristizabal - Senior Director and Head of Latin America Energy 
Fernanda Rezende - Senior Director, Latin America Corporate Ratings (Fitch Brazil)
Sul Ahmad - Associate Director, Latin America Corporate Ratings 


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Utilities Regulation in Kazakhstan and Ukraine is Weaker Than in Georgia' Webcast

This webcast discusses Fitch’s view on the comparison of the regulatory environment for the generation and grid segments in different FSU (Former Soviet Union) countries, including Georgia, Kazakhstan and Ukraine and its impact on the earnings and ratings of FSU utilities. Listen on demand now.

Fitch WireUtility Regulation Is Key for Ratings in Ex-Soviet Countries


¡Fitch on Mexico! - PEMEX. Governance. AMLO. Regulation.

Now Available On-Demand

Fitch Ratings presented a live webcast of its panel discussion in New York with senior analysts from the Latin America group to discuss the economic prospects and challenges that Mexico faces in 2019. Topics of discussion include an overview on the macroeconomic backdrop, government support of PEMEX, and the various credit factors affecting the corporate, banking and non-bank financial sectors. 


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Emerging Market Demand Responsive to Global Financing Conditions

US dollar credit growth to EMs slowed rapidly over the course of last year as global central banks made progress with normalising policy settings and this played a key role in the deterioration of GDP growth dynamics in EM. 


Fitch Ratings on Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan


Now Available On-Demand 

Fitch Ratings is hosting a webcast with Marina Stefani, the primary analyst on Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan, and Paul Gamble, Head of Emerging Europe, in Fitch Ratings’ Sovereigns group. Marina and Paul will discuss the key rating drivers on Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan.

Marina StefaniDirector, Emerging Europe Sovereign Ratings
Paul GambleHead of Emerging Europe Sovereign Ratings


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Quarterly Frontier Markets Recap Q1 2019

Positive Developments in Select Frontier Markets, but Political Risks Persist

Fitch has just published the latest edition of our Frontier Markets Newsletter. Political and structural risks persist, but this quarter we look at positive developments in select Frontier Markets, most notably in the Americas. The newsletter references all of Fitch’s rating actions, commentary, and research on Frontier Markets over the last quarter, as defined by the J.P. Morgan NEXGEM index.


Quarterly Frontier Markets Recap - 1Q19
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Frontier Markets See Trade Weakness But Also Interest Rate Cuts

Frontier market economies continue to see weakening export growth, consistent with the recent slowdown in world trade, but several countries have also seen interest rates decline against a backdrop of the Fed and ECB becoming more dovish, says Fitch Ratings' Economics team. 


Mexico Corporates After AMLO’s First 100 Days

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Fitch Ratings hosted a webcast with Alberto Moreno and Sergio Rodriguez, in Fitch Ratings’ Latin America Corporate Ratings Group, to discuss the credit factors affecting Mexican corporates.


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Fitch Ratings on Uzbekistan - The Newest EM Sovereign Issuer

Now On-Demand

Fitch Ratings hosted a webcast with Erich Arispe, the primary analyst on Uzbekistan, and Paul Gamble, Head of Emerging Europe, in Fitch Ratings’ Sovereigns group. Erich and Paul discuss the key rating drivers on Uzbekistan, the newest emerging markets sovereign issuer.


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Sovereign Hot Spots: Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Turkey and South Africa

Now On-Demand

Fitch Ratings is hosting a panel discussion with senior analysts from the global Sovereigns team to discuss our most asked about “Hot Spots”.

Topics of discussion will include:

  • Argentina: Macro Policy Adjustment and Risks Ahead
  • Brazil: Is the Optimism Justified?
  • Mexico: Factors to Resolve its Negative Outlook
  • Turkey: Navigating Economic Adjustment, Policy Settings, and Political Risks
  • South Africa: Weak Growth, Fiscal Pressures, and Risks Around Parliamentary Elections

Available On-Demand Here



Fitch Ratings: An Overview on PEMEX

NOW Available On-Demand

Fitch Ratings hosted a webcast with Lucas Aristizabal, the primary analyst on PEMEX, and Charles Seville, Co-Head of the Americas Sovereign Ratings. Topics of discussion include an overview on PEMEX in light of its recent downgrade and other key rating drivers. Questions from the audience were also addressed.


Fitch Ratings: An Overview on Vale

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Fitch Ratings hosted a webcast with Phillip Wrenn, the primary analyst on Vale, and Joe Bormann, Deputy Regional Group Head, in Fitch Ratings’ Latin American corporates group.  Topics of discussion include the factors affecting the credit rating of Vale after its recent downgrade along with other key rating drivers. Questions from the audience were also addressed. 

Government Debt Reaches USD66 trillion, Driven by Emerging Markets

Global government debt reached USD66 trillion (converted at market exchange rates) at end-2018, nearly double its 2007 level and equivalent to 80% of global GDP, according to Fitch Ratings' new Global Government Debt Chart Book.

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LATAM Insurance Teleconference

Senior analytical team members presented the 2019 outlook for the insurance sector across Latin America, addressing key themes and reviewing the most important risks facing the region's insurance sector.

Frontier Vision

Frontier Markets See Falling Export Growth and FX Reserves

Frontier emerging markets saw widespread declines in export growth and in foreign exchange reserves in the latter part of 2018, according to Fitch Ratings' latest 'Frontier Vision' chart pack. Fitch's Frontier Vision chart pack tracks high frequency macroeconomic data for the 35 countries included in NEXGEM.

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2019 Outlook Teleconference - Latin American FIs

On January 16th senior analytical team members presented the 2019 outlook for banks and non-bank financial institutions across Latin America, and addressed key themes and a review of the most important risks facing the region's financial systems during Q&A session. Listen to replay


Webcast Replay -- Latin America: Opportunities and Challenges in 2019

Fitch Ratings recently held an event to discuss prospects in Latin America in 2019.

Listen to the replay.

Emerging Market Sovereign Pressures to Persist in 2019

The key sources of the pressure on emerging markets over the summer remain in place. The impact of tighter US monetary policy, a strengthening dollar, and risks to global trade and growth will continue to be felt in 2019. 

2018 Asia Corporates Roundtable

Asia corporates analysts discuss some of Fitch’s 2019 sector outlooks, as well as trade tensions, tighter credit conditions, local currency depreciation and commodity price trends, among other issues affecting corporates in the region. Chaptered. 


Fitch Ratings' Reaction to Brazilian Election Result

Fitch recently held a webcast on the implications of the elections on Brazil’s sovereign rating. Register and listen to the on-demand.

Fitch Ratings Launches China Local Ratings Agency with Danny Chen as CEO

Fitch Ratings announced the launch of Fitch (China) Bohua Credit Ratings Ltd. (Fitch Bohua) which plans to serve China's onshore bond market, and has appointed Danny Chen as Fitch Bohua's chief executive officer. Set up in July 2018 in Beijing, Fitch Bohua is a 100% subsidiary of Fitch Ratings. The company is seeking regulatory approval to cover the financial institutions sector (including banks, non-bank financial institutions and insurers) as well as the structured finance sector in its initial phase of operations.

IIF Emerging & Frontier Markets: Interview with Arturo Herrera, Incoming Deputy Secretary, Mexico’s Ministry of Finance

Arturo Herrera, Incoming Deputy Secretary for Mexico’s Ministry of Finance, discusses the incoming AMLO administration’s economic policies,  plans to develop Mexico, and the impact of emerging market and trade volatility with Dan Keeler of the WSJ.

IIF Emerging & Frontier Markets: Interview with Joaquim Levy, World Bank Group Managing Director and CFO

At the Emerging & Frontier Forum held last month in New York, World Bank Group Managing Director and CFO Joaquim Levy emphasized the need for focusing on human capital and sustainable infrastructure to improve productivity and bring social stability.

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