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Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Upfront

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  • Credit control

    China’s determination to keep credit flowing to its economy has never been in doubt. Its ability to do so should not be underestimated, either.

  • Hope for Hong Kong

    At the height of the demonstrations in Hong Kong last week, the stock exchange quietly cancelled a cocktail reception where the city’s embattled leader was due to be the guest of honour.

  • Sustainable growth

    South Korea’s sudden liking for Sustainability bonds is the latest sign that the responsible investment craze is gaining ground across Asia.

  • Better connections

    The case for Huatai Securities’ London listing is tenuous at best, but stronger connections between the UK and China will be useful in the future.

  • Welcome home

    A Hong Kong listing for Alibaba – whenever it may happen – will be celebrated both in Hong Kong and Beijing. Whether it’s in the company’s best interests, however, is far harder to call.

  • Baoshang blues

    The bailout of Baoshang Bank has so far raised more questions than answers, but one thing is clear: China needs to figure out how it handles failing banks.

  • Too many books

    It can hardly be a surprise that Asia’s most bloated bond syndicate proved no guarantee of a successful deal.

  • Emerging stability

    Emerging markets are often known for their unpredictability and political instability. It is remarkable, then, that Asia has come through a glut of elections this year with barely a wobble.

  • In the dock

    Is Hong Kong becoming a dangerous place to be an investment banker? After a series of sanctions against IPO sponsors earlier this year, a former JP Morgan managing director is now facing charges for alleged bribery related to the IPO of an unnamed client.

  • Syndicate showdown

    Efforts by the International Capital Market Association to promote global standards are a step in the right direction for Asian bonds, even if the industry body doesn’t yet have the entire market on board.

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