Tuesday, 23 July 2019


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  • Card sharks

    Given the well-deserved reputation of journalists for drunken and disorganised profligacy, it will surprise no one that we at IFR Asia find few things more annoying than the enormous fees we are charged when we don?t pay off of our credit cards the minute we get the bill.

  • Well done Sebi

    13 May 2006

    Sebi-bashing has long been a regular feature of the Indian capital markets. And given the regulator's penchant for introducing rules apparently designed to make life as difficult as possible for everyone that is hardly surprising.

  • Limited ambition

    19 May 2006

    The financial reforms South Korea is in the midst of enacting have been described as “Big Bang” but the modesty of the proposals is such that “Small Whimper” is the appropriate appellation.

  • Warning shot

    The Bombay Sensex’s brush with oblivion last week was a timely warning for those investors blindly buying Indian CBs.

  • Dam busters

    In the aftermath of the colossal foul-up that is the Snowy Hydro privatisation fiasco, people are looking for someone to blame. We have a suggestion: the New South Wales government.

  • Big ask

    Credit Suisse, the arranger for the US$2.1bn debt financing for Renaissance Capital’s acquisition of Bumi Resources’ coal mines, is asking a lot.

  • Bad timing

    Those who doubt that entrepreneurs make better business decisions than bureaucrats – and such people still exist in Asia – should examine purchases made by the businesses controlled by the Singaporean government.

  • Better safe . . .

    There was much grumbling in India last week after the Reserve Bank of India banned the country’s banks from using yen swaps to reduce interest costs.

  • Strategic blunder

    So now we know. Governments are right to block the purchase of certain assets by foreigners for strategic reasons. At least that is once again the position of the Chinese government.

  • Nice work

    The highlight of last week’s activity in the capital markets was undoubtedly the news that Brac, the Bangladeshi microfinance institution, had closed Asia’s – and possibly the world’s – first securitisation backed by microcredit loans.

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