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Thursday, 18 April 2019

Upfront

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  • 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.

  • New Year celebrations

    This week’s Lunar New Year will usher in the year of the pig, a symbol of prosperity and optimism in Chinese mythology. After a lean year for the country’s equity markets, the latest round of reforms should help bring home the bacon.

  • Capital confusion

    The Chinese authorities’ decision to broaden the investor base for onshore bank capital notes has had an immediate effect in boosting demand for such securities, but it will not do much to convince anyone that China will ever allow banks to fail.