Ms. Anastasia Guscina, Mr. Guilherme Pedras, and Gabriel Presciuttini
International bond issuance by debut issuers has risen in recent years. The uptick was a result of both demand and supply factors. The search for yield and demand for portfolio diversification have resulted in demand-driven easy financing conditions. At the same time, rising financing needs for many debut issuers, coupled with reduced access to concessional financing, relatively undeveloped domestic markets, and a favorable interest rate environment have made international bonds an attractive financing alternative for many countries. As bonds issued in the international markets are typically denominated in hard currencies, have large volumes and a bullet structure, exposure to exchange rate and refinancing risk has increased. Therefore, risk-mitigating policy actions are needed to prepare for redemption, support debt sustainability, and secure adequate debt management capacity.
In the wake of the 1990s’ experience with economic and financial crises, there has been considerable debate about the reforms needed to make the global financial system more stable. A key area of contention is the role played by financial liberalization. In a February 23 seminar at the IMF Institute, Joshua Aizenman, professor of economics at the University of California at Santa Cruz, examined the complex trade-off between liberalization’s adverse intermediate effects and its more arguable long-run benefits. He cautioned that successful reforms will need to factor in market imperfections.