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Sunday, 21 April 2019

Upfront

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  • 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.

  • Broken record

    The first-quarter record for Asia’s high-yield bond market may not be all that it seems. Those preparing to pile in would do well to be sceptical.

  • Fortune favours the bold

    When it comes to selling high-yield bonds, Chinese property companies are racing to get ahead of each other – and even their own shareholders.

  • Beyond the Great Wall

    The wall around China’s capital markets is coming down, fast. With onshore bonds alread poised to enter global emerging market indices from April 1, regulators sprang a surprise late on Friday with licences for two new foreign-controlled securities joint ventures.

  • Racing unicorns

    China’s new technology board is still months away from becoming reality, but it is already looking likely to surpass initial expectations.

  • Fighting talk

    In 2012, as part of its annual investor conference, CLSA invited its top fee-paying clients to a private dinner where they would have the chance to throw questions at former boxer Mike Tyson.

  • The REIT recipe

    Real estate owners are having a tough time in the capital markets, but the REIT product still has a lot to offer for those who can get it right.

  • Out of control

    In a world where banks have been beaten down by fines regularly running into the billions of dollars or euros, it is tempting to write off Hong Kong’s US$100m of penalties against four IPO underwriters as small-fry. The message they send, however, is significant.

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