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As FinanceAsia was going to press, China’s State Council endorsed reformist agendas by central bank governor Zhou Xiaochuan and premier Li Keqiang to sacrifice short-term GDP gains in favour of reforming the economy — namely by making yuan capital account convertibility an official ...
No room for bonus refugees The last mass migration out of Europe involved tens of millions of the downtrodden, fleeing Dickensian conditions. Today’s great expectations of exodus also involve huge sums — of money, not of people. The European Parliament’s impending capping ...
The Gradual Rotation If you believe US equity markets, the financial crisis is over. Time now for companies to put cash piles to work; for investors to return to risk assets; for inflation and interest rates to rise. The Great Rotation out of ‘safe’ assets such as US Treasuries ...
This issue marks both the end of 2012 and the start of 2013, but if ever there was a year that feels as if it won't have closure, this is it. Most bankers expect more of the same: debt-funding will likely remain robust while the equity markets will be busy with block trades, rather than ...
In our cover story in this issue we look at the implications of the forecasts for increased global energy demand. Analysts say that China’s energy consumption alone has been growing at nearly 7% a year. There is no reason to think it will slow down. And that means China will ...
Right now the banking industry is redefining itself. As wholesale cuts of businesses are made, some banks are trying to leverage their integrated banking model and streamline operations. Others, are expanding — hoping to develop regional franchises that challenge multinationals or hone ...
The global economic news hasn’t been rosy. At best, it’s been about muddling through. But even through bear markets, well-run companies can carry on making a profit and paying out dividends. It’s often about becoming more lean, and sometimes mean, to make it through. This ...
We publish quite a few lists: Asia’s richest, is our annual must-read in September. As regular readers will remember, we set out in 2009 to put together a list of the 50 most influential people in financial markets in Asia ex-Japan. Last year, we focused on the top 20 women in finance. ...
For more than a year we’ve been holding our breath in the hope that Europe won’t implode as each new instalment of the eurozone debt drama has been unfolding. Now, we’ve got Liborgate unravelling, with UK, US and European regulators investigating the world’s biggest ...
From majors to minors This year is proving that global economies have never really bounced back to roaring success since the Lehman crisis. We’ve had fits and starts of improvements, but one hurdle after another, from natural disasters last year to ongoing uncertainties this year in ...
Last August we listed the 20 most powerful women in Asia’s financial markets in a cover story that is still frequently read online. This year, we cast the net further. We asked banks to list their top women in the region and then we looked at what types of jobs they filled. Not surprising...
No matter how you slice it, Standard Chartered's numbers look good. As Nick Lord writes in his cover story on the bank: It has increased profits faster than revenues and revenues faster than assets, and done this while barely growing its staff. The streamlined approach to focusing on what ...
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