Tuesday, 23 July 2019


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  • Greening Asia

    In capital markets terms, the greenest countries in Asia are Indonesia and Hong Kong. The Green bond market clearly has some work to do.

  • Railing against projects

    Prepare to be shocked: a politician has backtracked on some of the pledges that got him elected.

  • Not so lucky

    Under the tropical palm trees on Fiji’s sun-kissed Denarau island, Australian bankers were feeling gloomy. Delegates from the country’s biggest banks were in a downbeat mood at the Asian Development Bank annual meetings last week, wary of what the future holds for the sector.

  • Potent brew

    At first sight, Luckin Coffee, China’s johnny-come-lately answer to Starbucks, combines many of the characteristics that have given some offshore Chinese IPOs a bad name.

  • Different tracks

    Jakarta’s plans for a metro system had long been a symbol of Indonesia’s unrealised potential. The rusted rebar sticking out of concrete stumps for many years provided an apt metaphor for the gap between the country’s ambitions and reality.

  • Interests aligned

    Should underwriters have some skin in the game when they bring deals to market? China’s regulators certainly think so.

  • Hedge case

    Aligning interests in the IPO market may have some merit, but China’s efforts to promote the same argument in bonds is far harder to justify.

  • Race to the top

    Irrational exuberance may be making a comeback in Asia’s bond markets.

  • Cheques in the post

    The Japanese government is doing its part for Asia’s equity capital markets again this year, with more giant offerings from the Japan Post group set to dominate 2019 volumes. Even these multi-billion-dollar deals, however, are no guarantee of liquidity.

  • Greener grocers

    Woolworths is preparing to add a new green item to its grocery aisles: Green bonds.