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Friday, 22 March 2019

Upfront

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  • The REIT recipe

    Real estate owners are having a tough time in the capital markets, but the REIT product still has a lot to offer for those who can get it right.

  • Out of control

    In a world where banks have been beaten down by fines regularly running into the billions of dollars or euros, it is tempting to write off Hong Kong’s US$100m of penalties against four IPO underwriters as small-fry. The message they send, however, is significant.

  • Sponsor support

    China’s securities regulators are taking a leap of faith with the rollout of the new tech board in Shanghai. But they are clearly still nervous about the idea.

  • Under one roof

    Singapore underlined its conservative nature when it banned a concert by Swedish black metal band Watain last week, but its previously staid bond market looks like it’s about to let its hair down.

  • Debt and deniability

    The collective determination to ignore signs of trouble in China’s bond market is becoming alarming.

  • Virgin territory

    It’s been a long time coming, but Australia may finally be developing a high-yield bond market worthy of the name.

  • Yield cravings

    Japan’s leveraged loan bankers may have enjoyed their chocolates on Valentine’s Day a little too much.

  • March madness

    The British government is not the only one rushing through a bad decision by the end of March: India is also pushing ahead with a poorly considered merger of two electric utilities that threatens to hurt its public finances.

  • Credit caution

    The rebound in Asia’s bond markets may be short-lived. On the surface, a run of successful new issues and popular placements from the high-yield and emerging-market sectors is a sign that risk appetite is back with a vengeance. Dig a little deeper, however, and the disappointment of late 2018 is far from a distant memory.

  • As you were

    The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Australia’s policymakers might want to keep Einstein’s apocryphal quote in mind when weighing up the proper response to the Royal Commission inquiry into financial misconduct.

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