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Saturday, 17 August 2019

Upfront

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  • Casualties of war

    Donald Trump once famously tweeted that “trade wars are good, and easy to win”, but the damage in the US-China conflict is mounting.

  • Hit job

    Last week’s sudden exit of John Flint was a clear message that things have changed at HSBC. Europe’s biggest bank has long had a reputation for moving slowly, failing to act decisively, and treating 32-year veterans of the bank kindly. Despite the macho bluster of the likes of Stuart Gulliver, if it rocked the boat, it did so gently.

  • Clearing hurdles

    India’s rules on offshore borrowing tend to have the permanence of an Australian middle-order batsman. Indeed, yet more tweaks to the how and whether Indian borrowers are allowed to issue offshore were announced last week.

  • Domino rally

    Just when it looked as though Bank of Jinzhou’s struggles might cause contagion in the Chinese financial sector, a solution presented itself.

  • Star traders

    China is no stranger to stock market bubbles, but even by Shanghai standards the valuations on the new tech-focused board have quickly become inflated.

  • Project growth

    Vietnam’s first project bond is a significant step forward for Asia’s capital markets, and one that should set a path for more to follow.

  • Tolls and tribulations

    Malaysia boasts the deepest and most developed infrastructure bond market in Asia – if not the world. Anything that erodes investors’ confidence in the capital markets is cause for concern.

  • Between a rock and a high yield

    Rating agencies are having a tough time in Asia’s credit markets.

  • Return on equity

    Deutsche Bank’s exit from the Asian equity market raises a familiar question that has plagued international banks since the global financial crisis. Can a global bank ever make money in Asian equities?

  • Welcome to the party

    India’s bond bankers finally have something to celebrate, and it has nothing to do with cricket.

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