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IFR Asia RMB Bonds Roundtable 2017: New connections

IFR Asia RMB Bonds Roundtable 2017: New connections

IFR Asia 1017 - RMB Bonds Roundtable 2017

The renminbi bond markets are undergoing a dramatic transformation. As China continues with the gradual internationalisation of the currency, many foreign investors and issuers are getting their first chance to participate in the onshore renminbi market.

IFR Asia Green Bonds Roundtable 2017: Sustainable growth

IFR Asia Green Bonds Roundtable 2017: Sustainable growth

IFR Asia 1004 - Green Bonds Roundtable 2017

Asia’s Green bond market is beginning to bloom. Even in a quiet year for China’s domestic market, the arrival of first-time issuers from the likes of India, Australia and Singapore is adding new depth to the region’s green finance push.

China is a leading producer of wind turbines and solar panels.

IFR Asia Asian Development Bank Roundtable 2017: Mobilising Asian investors for sustainable development

IFR Asia - Asian Development Bank Roundtables 2017

IFR’s annual ADB roundtable, held as part of the Asian Development Bank’s annual meetings hosted this year by Yokohama, took place at a significant moment. This year marked not just the 20th anniversary of the Asian financial crisis but more importantly perhaps the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Asian Development Bank.

A girl plays on a swing during the Hindu festival of Dasain in Kathmandu.

IFR Asia Outlook for Asian Credit Roundtable 2017: While the sun shines

IFR Asia - Outlook for Asian Credit RT 2017

The outlook for Asian credit has rarely been brighter. The first quarter of 2017 was a record for international bond issues from Asia, beating the previous three-month record by 25%, and high-yield offerings are booming.

IFR Asia China Securitisation Roundtable 2017: New models emerge

IFR Asia China Securitisation Roundtable 2017: New models emerge

IFR Asia - China Securitisation Roundtable 2017

The opening of China’s domestic bond market is the single biggest opportunity in the global fixed income arena today, and securitisation is likely to be among the biggest beneficiaries.

Parents walk primary school students to school amid thick haze in Chiping county, Shandong province.

IFR Asia ESG Financing Roundtable 2017: A clearer future

IFR Asia - ESG Financing Roundtable 2017

Environmental, social and governance factors are becoming ever more important in investment decisions. Whether fund managers worry about climate change or simply want to protect the long-term value of their portfolio, sustainability is now high on the agenda.

Dian opera performers take a picture of themselves before a performance in Kunming, Yunnan.

IFR Asia LGFV Funding Roundtable 2016: Back in fashion

IFR Asia - LGFV Funding Roundtable 2016

The finances of China’s local governments are once again capturing the attention of capital markets participants, but for very different reasons.

IFR Asia/LPC Evolution of Asian Loans Roundtable 2016: Steady progress

IFR Asia/LPC Evolution of Asian Loans Roundtable 2016: Steady progress

IFR Asia/LPC - Evolution of Asian Loans RT 2016

Asian loan markets are at a crossroads. 2016 has been a dismal year for the product with volumes declining to a three-year low amid market volatility, slow economic growth and limited M&A activity. The 12% year-on-year drop in the first nine months of 2016 compounds a similar decline in the same period in 2015, which was already reeling from a slowing Chinese economy.

Baby pandas born in 2015 are placed on grass for pictures during a photo opportunity at a giant panda breeding centre in Ya’an, Sichuan province, China.

IFR Asia RMB Bond Markets Roundtable 2016: A brighter future

IFR Asia - RMB Bond Markets Roundtable 2016

China is going global, and so is its currency. The renminbi officially entered the International Monetary Fund’s basket of global reserve currencies on October 1, and barely a week goes by without talk of major reforms to open some aspect of the country’s capital markets to the world.

A worker stands atop scaffolding as he sets up a safety net at a construction site in central Beijing.

IFR Asia Asian Bank Capital Roundtable 2016: Perfecting the safety net

IFR Asia - Asian Bank Capital Roundtable 2016

Bank capital has long been a hot topic in Asia, but the asset class has so far failed to ignite the kind of excitement that the Basel reforms once promised – at least outside of Australia. That is all about to change.

Creating quality jobs, developing the private sector, and combating climate change are key to a sustainable region, ADB President Takehiko Nakao said in his opening address at the 49th Annual Meeting of ADB’s Board of Governors in Frankfurt.

IFR Asia Asian Development Bank Roundtable 2016: Internationalising Asia’s capital markets

IFR Asia - Asian Development Bank Roundtable 2016

Asia’s bond markets are at the centre of a concerted marketing effort. From Pandas and Dim Sum bonds to Masalas and Formosas, many of Asia’s local debt products are already firmly established in the world’s financial lexicon.

Pha That Luang, the golden stupa, a national symbol of Laos, is seen in Vientiane.

IFR Asia Frontier Markets Roundtable 2016: Opening doors

IFR Asia - Frontier Markets Roundtable 2016

After a dismal run for global emerging markets, Asia’s frontier sovereigns could almost be forgiven for turning down the chance to issue international bonds.

IFR Outlook for Indian Borrowers Roundtable 2016

IFR Asia Outlook for Indian Borrowers Roundtable 2016

IFRA Outlook for Indian Borrowers Roundtable 2016

IFR’s Outlook for Indian Borrowers Roundtable took place in Singapore in December 2015. As with the Indian Credit Conference in Mumbai that had preceded it by a couple of weeks, the backdrop was IFR’s inaugural Indian Borrowers Survey, results of which are published in this supplement following the edited transcript.

A labourer carries a pipe in the construction site of a metro in Shenyang, Liaoning province.

IFR Asia China Municipal Funding Roundtable 2015: Building connections

IFR Asia - China Municipal Funding Roundtable 2015

The reform of China’s local government finances is creating an opportunity out of a crisis. After years of debt-fuelled expansion, the country’s provinces and municipalities are now turning to the capital markets to consolidate their borrowings and finance future spending, presenting investors with an opportunity to diversify and underwriters with a growing revenue stream.

Madoka Hirabayashi from Tokyo holds a basket filled with freshly harvested organic vegetables during a permaculture workshop in Hokuto, 150km west of Tokyo.

IFR Asia Green Bonds Roundtable 2015: Sowing the seeds for Asia’s future

IFR Asia - Green Bonds Roundtable 2015

Green bonds may be emerging as the Next Big Thing in Europe and the US, but in Asia the idea has so far been greeted with a fair dose of cynicism. Only a handful of issuers in Asia Pacific – predominantly banks – have launched bonds under the Green label, and few of the region’s homegrown investors have embraced the concept of responsible investing.

A teenager rides a bicycle near the Baiterek, which is 105-metres (344 ft) with the globe above, in Astana.

IFR Asia Asian Development Bank Roundtable 2014

IFR Asia - Asian Development Bank Roundtable 2014

For the second year running, IFR hosted a well-attended seminar during the Asian Development Bank’s annual meeting, held this time in Kazakhstan’s gleaming new capital, Astana. Part of the ADB’s official knowledge-sharing programme, the luncheon event brought together a panel of experts to discuss the development of Asian bond markets at a time when the ADB and other public sector bodies are working hard to promote Asia’s capital markets as an alternative to traditional bank finance.

All IFR Asia Asian Development Bank Roundtable 2014

A worker installs models in preparation for a real estate exhibition in Shanghai.

IFR Asia China Corporate Funding Roundtable 2014

IFR Asia - China Corporate Funding Roundtable 2014

China’s growing use of international debt has been the single-most important story of the past three years in the Asian capital markets.

An employee of puzzle maker Beverly holds a piece of the company's white micro 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle at the International Toy Show in Tokyo

IFR Asia Bank Capital Roundtable 2013

IFR Asia - Bank Capital RT 2013

Bank capital securities are among the most complex in the public debt markets – and the most controversial. Since the 2008 credit crisis exposed the flaws in the products that were designed to help keep the world’s banks solvent, regulators have enforced a number of changes to mixed responses across the globe.