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Thursday, 21 February 2019

Upfront

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  • Off-market thinking

    Chinese banks may have to rethink the way they approach issuance in the US dollar bond markets.

  • Joint adventures

    It’s tempting to think that tensions between China and the US will put American banks at a disadvantage in the battle to make decent money in China’s domestic capital markets. Rivals, however, may not want to get too complacent.

  • Marketing Malaysia

    Malaysia may have been through its biggest political change since independence, but the new leadership is still just as determined to make its mark on the capital markets.

  • Shanghai bored

    China market watchers can be forgiven for thinking they’ve heard this one before: a new technology board is in the works that will catapult the country’s equity markets into the 21st century.

  • Not so grande

    In normal circumstances, raising close to US$2bn in the high-yield bond market would be cause for celebration. China Evergrande, however, might want to hold off the baijiu after its latest offshore financing.

  • Indian intricacies

    For a country with so much potential, India never seems to be too far from a crisis. Policymakers are once again facing a dangerous predicament in the coming weeks as they battle to keep the faith of the capital markets and avert a full-blown liquidity crisis.

  • Scrip doctors

    Never mind Adam Smith’s invisible hand, state-owned entities in China and Bangladesh are proposing to deliver a helping hand to ease the pressure on investors facing losses in their troubled equity markets. Not only that, but they are planning to issue bonds to fund the exercises.

  • Better late than never

    The Korea Housing Finance Corp has finally achieved a long-held goal to issue covered bonds in the euro market. It is, perhaps, a surprise that it didn’t come sooner. US interest rates are rising, and it’s no secret that Europe has a much more liquid covered bond market that the US, which is where KHFC has issued all of its previous deals.

  • Malaysia on hold

    Malaysians like to boast of having the best bond market in Asia, capable of funding even long-term infrastrucure projects in local currency. They now have an awkward question to answer: what happens when the government stops issuing?

  • Hidden dragon

    The latest warning of hidden debts in China’s local government finances will be bad news for government-linked issuers planning to sell bonds offshore.