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LITERATURE SURVEY, The role of microfinance in economic development has been documented from a macroeconomic. perspective Imai et al 2010 used cross country and panel data and found that when countries have. more microfinance loans they also tend to have lower poverty measures From the economic standpoint. and from the investor standpoint it is vital to understand the channels through which microfinance. institutions henceforth referred to as MFIs are able to influence economic activity Maksudova 2010. has discussed several channels through which microfinance organizations can impact economic growth. Underlying these channels is the relationship between financial sector development and economic growth. which is a well known body of literature One of the channels is the impact of microfinance on production. and entrepreneurship and the reduction of poverty and income inequality A second channel is through. the formalization of shadow financial markets or the implementation of missing financial markets A third. channel of impact lies in the interaction between MFIs and commercial banks Findings show that there is. bicausality in these channels Ahlin 2011 carried out a study of MFIs and included country specific. economic and institutional data the results showed that MFIs can meet their costs better when there is. strong economic growth and when the country s financial system is better developed. MFIs have proven themselves as viable institutions with low default rates From an investor. standpoint an important question that arises with any new financial instrument is the risk involved in that. instrument One way to assess the risk of an instrument is to assess its role in a portfolio of assets A well. balanced portfolio has assets that have a spread of risk such that not all asset values are moving in the. same direction Using data from 1998 to 2006 Krauss and Walter 2009 have shown that MFI asset. values generally do not have high correlations with the asset values of domestic and international assets. typically available to commercial investors Gonzalez 2007 found that there was no significant. relationship between MFI returns and economic growth This indicates that MFI returns can move. independently of macroeconomic changes and can thus be a useful portfolio asset during economic. downturns Oehri and Fausch 2008 carried out a study on the impact of microfinance investment funds. on standard portfolios consisting of four assets stocks bonds hedge and money market funds They. found that the microfinance investment funds showed stability in terms of volatility and did now show a. strong correlation with the other assets This indicates that microfinance funds are a very good way to. diversify typical portfolios In addition investors also benefit from gaining additional social returns. Dorfleitner et al 2010 Overall it has been shown that well leveraged MFIs tend to improve their. performance by enjoying economies of scale and widening their target markets and therefore enjoying. greater efficiency Kyereboah Coleman 2007, In terms of the progression of microfinance organizations moving to external funding there is a. normal progression from donations and grants to loans from commercial banks Thereafter if the. financial system is well developed the MFIs can seek funding from the capital markets For example. MFIs can opt for microfinance funds which offer investors a variety of instruments including debt. instruments The use of debt instruments can range from local small bonds to international bonds Reddy. and Rhyne 2006 Local bonds can be issued in domestic currency and these kinds of local bonds can be. seen as attractive to investors who are seeking to diversify their portfolios domestically As the. microfinance organizations become larger and increase their scale they can issue international. microfinance bonds This stage involves exposure to exchange rate risk as the bonds are priced in one of. the international trade currencies MFIs that seek international funding find themselves exposed to one or. more risks these risks include interest rate risks country risks and exchange rate risks Holden and. Holden 2004 Exchange rate risk is particularly acute when exchange rates are volatile between the two. countries These MFIs must then consider appropriate hedging instruments. Recent examples include the Dignity Fund from California and Global Partnerships Microfinance. Funds from Seattle There are also a few equity funds and some mixed funds such as MicroVest I Wall. Street Journal 2006 Annual returns for investors may range anywhere from 1 to 5 for microfinance. bond funds and may range anywhere from 5 to 10 for microfinance equity funds Wall Street. Journal 2006 These kinds of advanced capital market instruments are not the norm in the developing. Journal of Applied Business and Economics Vol 18 5 2016 107. countries and so beyond commercial banks there is a need to develop adequate microfinance bond. markets In all area of the world in order for microfinance bonds to succeed domestically and. internationally these organizations must be able to offer competitive terms and there must be investors. who are interested in the central mission behind these organizations. LINKS BETWEEN MICROFINANCE AND CAPITAL MARKETS, In what ways is microfinance linked with capital markets in the world today Reddy and Rhyne. 2006 have identified three main ways through the use of local microfinance bonds the use of. international microfinance bonds and through the use of equity funds ACCION Investments is an. example of the use of equity funds in microfinance. BlueOrchard issued a collateralized debt obligation CDO in the amount of 108 million in 2007. Reuters 2007 This CDO combined the loans made to more than twenty MFIs who had in turn issued. loans to more than 70 000 people All the MFIs were in thirteen different emerging markets and the result. was excess demand by investors for the CDO This result indicated that investors are ready and willing to. subscribe to microfinance backed bonds as they consider the returns and investment grades of these. bonds to be above those of other instruments based on emerging market assets. Mexico s Banco Compartamos the largest MFI in Mexico had a very large IPO organized by Credit. Suisse Davis and Dubitsky 2008 Earlier in 2002 the same MFI had issued 68 million microfinance. bond Krauss and Walter 2009 Richard Rosenberg of CGAP 2007 discusses how the Banco. Compartamos 2007 IPO was hugely oversubscribed and in fact excess demand caused the share price to. rise more than 20 on the initial trading day, In 2006 RSA Capital and CitiGroup among others securitized Bangladesh s BRAC Bank s. microcredit loans with an AAA rating Citigroup 2006 This allowed BRAC to expand its loan offerings. significantly,INNOVATION IN MICROFINANCE BOND INSTRUMENTS.
There are several key advantages to holding microfinance bonds The investor who is interested in. social impact social investors find these instruments attractive Credit Suisse undertook a study of the. effects of the 2007 2009 financial crisis on the microfinance sector and found that microfinance bonds. could be a good method of portfolio diversification because of the low or negative correlation with other. types of assets Struber 2011 The study did find however that the SMX microfinance index was. correlated with short term interest rates the explanation lies in the short term nature of microfinance. instruments During recessionary periods MFIs may find that their key sponsors or donors are not as. able to fund their operations The slowdown in incoming funds would affect the number of loans issued. by MFIs Microfinance backed bonds not only allow for investors to find a way to diversify their. portfolios but can also widen the flow of funds to MFIs during economic downturns Overall the 2007. 2009 financial crisis had the effect of causing microfinance institutions to focus on moving away from. donation based funding and local banking sector funding to more market based sources of funding. In May of 2016 the European Investment fund under the umbrella of the European Union Program. for Employment and Social Innovation reached a landmark agreement with a Greek bank Karditsa. Bank to support Greek micro borrowers who are mostly involved in farming or green micro enterprises. or are unemployed borrowers who want to start businesses Given Greece s continued government budget. problems economic woes and even discussions on a possible exit from the European Union a large. missing market may be satisfied by the existence of more MFIs in Greece Based on findings in the. literature regarding the low correlation between MFI returns and income per capita data MFI backed. bonds would seem to be a good way to spread risk during economic downturns such as the one in Greece. The question then arises as to how microfinance bonds should develop to attract a greater number of. investors There are innovative bonds such as inflation indexed bonds and GDP indexed bonds and social. impact bonds SIBs Typical social impact bonds work in the following way A contract is written. 108 Journal of Applied Business and Economics Vol 18 5 2016. between the lender organization and the borrower organization The contract stipulates that repayment. occurs only when certain development targets or social targets are reached Development impact bonds. are a more recent innovation whereby financial organizations that are involved in development initiatives. are able to use a version of the social impact bond Rockefeller Foundation 2014. Thus these kinds of development impact bonds can be used to create impact in the areas of poverty. reduction disease prevention and control educational projects etc A lucrative area of innovation in. microfinance bonds may lie in the adaptation of some characteristics of social impact bonds In other. words a new type of microfinance bond called a microfinance impact bond MIB could develop. whereby a pay for impact model is introduced The idea is that the microfinance institution can link its. objectives and projected goals with the bond instrument being issued For example if a microfinance. institution has a goal to reduce poverty by half in a particular area through the use of microfinance loans. which the target market could use to start up small businesses these loans could be funded through an. innovative use of MIBs If microfinance institutions are able to engineer the use of the impact bond. methodology this would be a very useful and timely innovation for the microfinance industry. The way forward for microfinance is to increase the potential for sustainability Therefore MFIs. should extend the degree to which they tap the financial markets In order to achieve economies of scale. efficiency and greater impact on a larger target market MFIs need to issue more financial instruments. Furthermore the increased use of MFIs will allow for poverty reduction and economic development even. when monetary and fiscal authorities are not able to engage in active macroeconomic policies in. recessionary economies Garnering investor interest will happen through innovation in the debt. instruments offered by MFIs,CONCLUSION, The future of microfinance lies in sustainability Since microfinance organizations do not typically. issue large loan amounts and since interest payments are used to fund administrative expenses and new. loans it is imperative that these organizations engage in wide scale use of funding sources that tap into. the market Moreover for microfinance to have a large spread of impact and become widely used as a. development tool and a poverty alleviation option it is imperative that these organizations have a. continuous flow of funds Microfinance institutions have proven their success in different aspects of. welfare improvement and economic development and so there is no doubt that these organizations play a. role in improving the economic status of loan recipients and by extension their families especially their. children Microfinance backed bonds have proven their feasibility in the market. It is now time to weld these two concepts together in a large scale way to increase the presence of. microfinance institutions in the financial markets around the world The key lies in the innovation of. microfinance backed instruments through the use of new microfinance impact bonds Policymakers. should focus on making the transition to the markets easier for microfinance institutions and financial. organizations such as large multinational banks and investment banks should expand their portfolios to. include assets based on microfinance loans In this way the impact that these institutions have on poverty. alleviation and economic welfare can be amplified,REFERENCES. A New Way to Do Well By Doing Good The Wall Street Journal January 5 2006. Ahlin C et al 2011 Where Does Microfinance Flourish Microfinance Institution Performance in. Macroeconomic Context Journal of Development Economics Vol 95 No 2 pp 105 120. Bangladesh Citigroup Supports World s First AAA Rated Microcredit Securitization Citigroup July. 2006 http www citigroup com citi news 2006 060706b htm. Davis S R Dubitsky 2008 Microfinance Meets Wall Street Forbes Magazine March 26. Dorfleitner G Leidl M J Reeder 2010 Theory of Social Returns in Portfolio Choice with. Application to Microfinance Working Paper, Journal of Applied Business and Economics Vol 18 5 2016 109. First Rated Microfinance Bond Sells to Strong Demand Reuters June 1 2007. Gonzalez A 2007 Resilience of Microfinance Institutions to National Macroeconomic Events An. Econometric Analysis of MFI Asset Quality MIX Discussion Papers. Imai K S et al 2012 Microfinance and Poverty A Macro Perspective World Development Vol 40. No 8 pp 1675 1689, Innovations in Finance for Social Impact September 5 2014 Rockefeller Foundation. https www rockefellerfoundation org blog innovations in finance for social impact. Krauss N I Walter 2009 Can Microfinance Reduce Portfolio Volatility Economic Development. and Cultural Change The University of Chicago Press Vol 58 No 1 pp 85 110. Kyereboah Coleman A 2007 The Impact of Capital Structure on The Performance of Microfinance. Institutions The Journal of Risk Finance Vol 8 No 1 pp 56 71. Maksudova N 2010 Macroeconomics of Microfinance How Do the Channels Work Working Paper. No 423 The Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education Economic Institute. Oehri O J Fausch 2008 Microfinance Investment Funds Analysis of Portfolio Impact Geneva. Papers on Inclusiveness No 6 October World Microfinance Forum Geneva. Rhyne E R M Reddy 2006 Who Will Buy Our Paper Microfinance Cracking the Capital Markets. ACCION International s InSight Series April 2006, Schwarcz S L 2011 Helping Microfinance Become Commercially Sustainable Gonzaga Law Review.
Vol 46 pp 495 502, Struber M 2011 Microfinance An Attractive Portfolio Diversifier Credit Suisse Research Monthly. Zurich 15 September 2011, 110 Journal of Applied Business and Economics Vol 18 5 2016.


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