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Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Comment and Opinion

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  • Jonathan Rogers

    Bringing ESG to bear on credit

    I spoke late last week to a rather charming fellow in Hong Kong who has just joined index provider MSCI as vice president of ESG research.

  • Behind the curve

    What goes down must go up, at least when it comes to bond yields.

  • Under a cloud

    What will it take for Hong Kong’s IPO underwriters to take the regulators seriously? Last week’s comments from the city’s top enforcer, who said 15 firms had failed in their duties as IPO sponsors, with some engaging in what he described as “reckless” behaviour, were met with barely a shrug from the broader ECM community.

  • Danajamin Nasional CEO_Mohamed Nazri Omar

    Danajamin looks to boost profile

    Malaysia’s credit guarantee fund is looking to lift its profile in the local capital markets after a decline in earnings in the first half of the year.

  • Jonathan Rogers

    Globalisation alive and well in Asian banking

    Has globalisation bitten the dust? Signs of its demise are not hard to uncover, from the recent independence election in Catalonia, to Brexit, to the widespread unpopularity of multilateral institutions, to the surge in last month’s elections of the far-right AfD party in Germany and the imminent entry of the Freedom party in Austria.

  • Jonathan Rogers

    Sustainable progress needs a sustainable system

    I was in Berlin last week for the annual conference of the Principles for Responsible Investment, the United Nations-supported organisation that aims to foster the employment of environmental, social and corporate governance standards (ESG) among global investors.

  • Jonathan Rogers

    Long-haul lessons in ethical investment

    It’s not often, in my experience at least, that a conversation with a stranger on a long-haul flight turns out to be both useful and edifying from a professional perspective. But that’s what happened to me last week as British Airways ferried me from Singapore to London.

  • Jonathan Rogers

    Another page of Malaysian pulp fiction

    The latest iteration in the drawn-out epic of alleged financial malfeasance at Malaysia’s 1MDB seems straight out of a pulp fiction potboiler. That comes as no surprise, given what has come before, but it is a chilling example of a mindset of fear which has come to grip the citizens of that country.

  • Jonathan Rogers

    The passing of an era

    Hong Kong maverick Sir David Tang passed away last week at the relatively young age of 63, and the timing of his death seemed peculiarly valedictory for the Hong Kong of old.

  • New connections

    Expanding stock trading links between Hong Kong and China to cover IPOs is an exciting next step for both markets. It’s also likely to disappoint investors on both sides.

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