Tuesday, 23 July 2019

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  • Students celebrate with spray paint after finishing their national examinations in Medan, in the North Sumatra province

    Youthful ambition

    Asia’s sukuk market is having a good year, thanks to rising interest from Middle Eastern buyers and a benevolent regulatory climate, but it still has some way to go to fulfil its promise.

  • World of possibilities

    World of possibilities

    After another debt-dominated year, Asia has now surely shrugged off its reputation of being an equity-focused region. Any arranger or portfolio manager waiting for stock offerings to rebound to their 2010 levels – or even to pre-crisis highs – was

  • A man looks at solar panels on display at the booth of Baoding Tianwei Group at an exhibition in Shanghai.

    Workout in progress

    Defaults are no longer taboo in China as the government gives freer rein to market forces, opening up new opportunities for restructuring advisers.

  • Working for peanuts

    Few ECM bankers in India would be disappointed if the government’s privatisation of state-owned companies has ground to a halt posing a question mark over its reform programme. Such is the manic competition for mandates on government selldowns and so politicised is the atmosphere surrounding the process that it all boils down to one overriding factor – fees. Prakash Chakravarti reports.

  • Winning trust

    Business trust listings are helping Singapore’s stock exchange gain ground on its arch rival, but Hong Kong is not about to give up without a fight.

  • Honour guards stand in a line before an official welcoming ceremony inside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

    Winds of change

    China’s officials are promoting bonds as a way to relieve pressure on both the bank loan market and the depressed equity market. While that sets the scene for more rapid growth, it also poses new risks for this underdeveloped market.

  • World-renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman rehearses with a local symphony in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou.

    Will the music stop?

    2012 broke all the records when it came to bond issuance, but signs that investors are shifting back towards equities are especially worrying for Asia. What’s next for Asian credit?

  • Will debt come of age?

    Indian debt markets have long been an underdog to their equity counterparts but gradually changes are being introduced to remove this disparity and offer a level playing field.

  • Will Asean finally deliver?

    Days are not so sleepy for the secretariat of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (Asean) in Jakarta since its 10 members signed up for an economic community last November in Singapore. It was a bold, but unavoidable, move. But is it another round of empty rhetoric or is the group going to make good on its promises for once?

  • A Malaysian takes a souvenir picture of the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur.

    Wider horizons

    Malaysia’s biggest lender seized an opportunity earlier this year to become the first Asian issuer in Japan’s fledgling Pro-Bond market, and opened the domestic market for Basel III-compliant capital.

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