Right now, the hot topic in microfinance is the initial public offering (IPO) of SKS Microfinance, one of the largest microfinance institutions in India with a portfolio size of over US$1 billion. This isn’t the first time a major microfinance institution has gone public, but it is more interesting because the CEO is a disciple of Muhammad Yunus, who believes what organizations like SKS are doing undermines the social mission of microfinance. But there is other interesting financial news in the microfinance world that is flying under the radar. This, for example:
NYSE Euronext and Microfis plan to set up the first organised market for listing and trading of bonds based on debt from international microfinance institutions and solidarity businesses as defined by the Economic Modernisation Act (LME).
The new NYSE Euronext market segment will offer investors a range of products in an environment that is secure and transparent. Microfis will handle origination, analysis and tracking of high-quality assets, as well as their transformation into tradable securities and their syndication. Scheduled for launch in the last quarter of 2010, the market segment is dedicated to responsible finance. Continue reading