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Old chestnut: Two economists meet in the street. Says one to the other: “How are you?” Replies the second: “Compared to what?” We’ve all giggled over that one but it feels slightly more pertinent now than it has for a very long time. The good times are upon us again but how good are they really?
When it comes to opinions on Japan’s radical monetary policy, Tokyo is just as divided as anywhere else, says IFR Asia bureau chief Nachum Kaplan.
Since the beginning of the year the Fed has adopted a glacial stance toward communicating its desire to take the foot of the monetary accelerator. The current debate over tapering QE does not stem from a satisfaction with state of the labour market or concern over inflation risks but a desire to limit the perceived financial stability costs of QE. The communication challenge for the Fed is to ensure that financial markets do not overreact 1994-style to a likely tapering of QE this year.
It is perhaps too much to expect Britain’s Conservative-led government to head any initiatives on Europe, such is the orgy of self-destruction in the party over whether the UK should stay in the European Union. But, insofar as David Cameron manages to get some respite from the madness, he should launch a strategy to enhance the City of London as Europe’s financial centre.
If ever you wanted to find a way of distinguishing the Eurozone core from the periphery, today is the day. The core is taking the Whit Monday bank holiday, the periphery isn’t.
AFME and IMN’s Global ABS conference, the largest annual event in European securitisation, is returning to Barcelona for 2014, following three years in Brussels as the sector attempted to engage with European regulators and policymakers.
Gold (and silver) have been a little under the radar since the sharp falls in mid-April. But both are sending some important signals as to the state of play in the markets currently.
(Reuters) - The chances of a deal between Democratic and Republican lawmakers that would overhaul the US tax system, trim government spending and reform safety net spending programs appear to be fading.
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Citic Pacific last week managed to accomplish something that no other high-yield issuer has managed in Asia this year: it priced a dollar-denominated hybrid that traded up in secondary.
The all-Asian line-up of arranging banks and sponsors on the US$890m leveraged buyout of Chinese software and IT firm AsiaInfo-Linkage is a first for Asia. The US$330m debt package underlines the development of the region’s loan market and a growing acceptance of Chinese buyout structures.
Three Asian airlines are looking to press ahead with IPOs in the coming months, but the response to the region’s first aviation trust is sending a very different message.
Two Chinese companies priced their jumbo IPOs at or near the bottom of the final price guidance last week, raising hopes that early trading gains will inject new life into the struggling Hong Kong market.
India is preparing to offer its first inflation-linked bonds in 15 years in the first week of June. The Reserve Bank of India last week announced plans to auction a Rs10bn–Rs20bn (US$182m–$365m) first batch of linkers on June
The many global banks that have established securities joint ventures in China knew that their investment would take time to pay off. The latest numbers, however, show that process may be taking longer than expected.
India’s National Stock Exchange launched online trading of domestic corporate bonds last week, a service expected to add the much-needed depth to the local market for term debt.
Langham Hospitality Investments has seen an encouraging investor response to its float, strengthening Hong Kong’s hopes of luring business trust listings away from rival Singapore.
After Yuexiu REIT open the market earlier this month, a flurry of Hong Kong listed property trusts are turning to the US dollar bond market.