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Monday, 27 March 2017

US figure skater Michelle Kwan performs during the opening of the ice rink at the Marina Bay Sands casino in Singapore.

Asian Issuers: Timing it right

IFR Asia - Asian Issuers 2013

This year’s Asian Issuers Special Report showcases a group of issuers that each demonstrated an ability to adapt to changing market conditions.

People are seen in the reflection of a polished wall on a rainy day in Hong Kong.

Debt capital markets: Game of two halves

IFR Asia - Debt Capital Markets 2013

After the first half of 2013 broke all manner of records for the volume of debt offerings from Asia – not to mention revenues for underwriters – the inevitable correction in Asian credit was always going to be painful.

A surfer watches the waves from Mirante point as heavy surf pounds a section of Arpoador beach in Rio de Janeiro

Equity Capital Markets: Calmer seas ahead?

IFR Asia - Equity Capital Markets 2013

Just when investors thought it was safe to go back in the water, Asia’s equity markets have sent them running for the shore once more. The dramatic reversal in risk appetite that followed a US pledge to unwind an unprecedented monetary stimulus has knocked equity indices down by 10%–20% across Asia, putting paid to a host of IPOs across the region.

Chen Yanqing of China lifts 106kg in the women's 58kg Group A snatch weightlifting competition at the 2008 Olympic Game in Beijing on August 11.

Renminbi Capital Markets 2013: On stronger footing

IFR Asia - Renminbi Capital Markets 2013

A sense of enthusiasm is returning to the offshore renminbi markets. Singapore has just introduced renminbi clearing, already resulting in the first foreign-exchange trades to be cleared locally, and DBS and HSBC are now vying to be the first to offer locally settled renminbi bonds to the city state’s investors.

Workers carry a packed basket of vegetables at a wholesale vegetable market in Kolkata.

Asian Development Bank 2013: Maintaining the balance

IFR Asia - Asian Development Bank 2013

The Asian Development Bank’s return to India brings with it a marked contrast from last year’s annual meeting in Manila. While the Philippines, under a new president with big plans for economic reforms and infrastructure investment, was – and still is – drawing praise from analysts and attracting crowds of enthusiastic investors, the mood in New Delhi is far more circumspect.

A Sumatran tiger growls in the compound at the Sumatra Tiger Rescue Centre , inside the Tambling Wildlife Nature Conservation near the southern tip of Sumatra island.

South-East Asia 2013: The tigers roar again

IFR Asia - South-East Asia 2013

South-East Asia’s economies are in full voice once again. GDP numbers are strong and stable, rating agencies are handing out upgrades and international investors are pouring in. It’s no surprise that the region is taking a bigger share of Asian capital market activity.

Fishermen in their wooden boat try to cross waves in Bantul.

Outlook for asian credit: Changing tides

IFR Asia - Outlook for Asian Credit 2013

Breaking records may have almost become passé for Asian bond markets, but the fact that there are expectations that Asian issuance this year may even surpass the blockbuster levels of 2012 means it is going to be an eventful year.