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  • September 2014

    September 2014

    China has stamped on Hong Kong’s democratic aspirations even as it embraces financial liberalisation; moves that cement the city’s future as the financial highway into mainland China.  The Chinese government will allow Hong Kong residents to vote for their leader from 2017 ...

  • July/August 2014

    July/August 2014

    The new Narendra Modi-led government has introduced a slew of proposals aimed at boosting capital markets activity and attracting foreign investment. To create a more investor friendly environment, the government has curbed the use of retrospective taxation, a move aimed at allaying concerns ...

  • June 2014

    June 2014

    A real estate slowdown in China does not augur well for economic growth. Research boutique GaveKal estimates China’s annual growth could drop below 7% by the end of the year. The group questioned whether reforms will continue apace as the state needs a backdrop of steady economic ...

  • May 2014

    May 2014

    Abenomics hangover Japan’s best hope for reform and avoiding fiscal crisis, the package of economic policies championed by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, is losing steam. When Abe came to office in December 2012 he set out to reverse Japan’s 20 years of economic stagnation and 15 ...

  • April 2014

    April 2014

    India’s election fever As the world’s largest democracy goes to the polls the health of India’s economy hangs in the balance. Fed up with widespread corruption and stagflation, polls suggest that Indians will oust the incumbent Indian National Congress (INC), a party that ...

  • March 2014

    March 2014

    China’s balancing act Premier Li Keqiang promised China’s National People’s Congress in early March to speed up market-friendly reforms, tackle pollution and maintain a 7.5% economic growth rate all at the same time - quite an undertaking. The reforms will continue the ...

  • February 2014

    February 2014

    China’s year of living dangerously   China's bailout of a trust product during January likely defended economic growth but perpetuated the moral hazard in a country with a zero-default policy.   Balancing stability and reform will become even harder as the year ...

  • December 2013 / January 2014

    December 2013 / January 2014

    Dealmaking in China is off to a running start in the year of the horse, but bankers may still struggle to make money as fees are squeezed.

  • November 2013

    November 2013

    A clear agenda of true reform must emerge now if China wishes to become a leader in global finance as it has become in manufacturing and trade. The aims should be to roll back the role of the state in the financial system in order to facilitate a culture of commercially based lending. Tweaks ...

  • October 2013

    October 2013

    Call to action Alibaba’s decision to take its potentially $15 billion IPO elsewhere was a heavy blow to Hong Kong’s status as a global financial hub. The Alibaba affair is only the most dramatic example of how Hong Kong’s IPO machine is breaking down, as our cover story ...

  • September 2013

    September 2013

    Asia on sale Collapsing currencies and capital outflows have Asians asking are we heading back to 1997? Asia is a long way from that abyss. Current account surpluses abound, most Asian countries are net creditors and domestic leverage is under control. The reason why foreigners yanked ...

  • August 2013

    August 2013

    Japanese companies vote with their feet So far we’ve not seen enough from Abenomics. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has the ideas and the political power to push through his plan for economic revival, but the greatest fillip he has given the country’s economy so far is ...

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