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  • October


    A slowdown in home construction is a big drag on China’s economy, with GDP growth down to a six-year low of 7%. The government is struggling to arrest the slide. A barrage of stimulus measures this year, including five interest-rate cuts since November and relaxed house-purchasing ...

  • September


    As China’s leaders survey the devastation in their A-share markets, which at one point lost $3.3 trillion in value, they should not be tempted to prop up prices continuously as this would only increase distortions in the cost of capital and bad investments. Spillover from China’s ...

  • July-August


    Xi Jinping is acting as backstop for Chinese mainland stock markets: a dangerous position to take if his long-term aim is to develop the country’s capital markets and eliminate price distortions in the economy. Faced with tumbling stock markets, the government used a plethora of ...

  • June, 2015

    June, 2015

    China’s stock markets have scaled new heights in recent months and like a worried parent looking to rein in a wayward teenager, regulators are starting to tinker with the rules. This may be counterproductive. If Beijing is trying to curb wild swings in prices, such as on May 28 when the ...

  • May 2015

    May 2015

    Japan’s manufacturing giants are accelerating moves overseas in search of more dynamic economies, despite two years of massive government stimulus. Abenomics has had a big impact on asset prices but the real economy has been slower to respond. It’s not for want of trying: since ...

  • April 2015

    April 2015

    The high profile hack on Sony Pictures last year shook up corporate executives worldwide. The cyber attack, believed to be the work of North Korean hackers and purportedly linked to the movie “The Interview,” a political satire on North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, exposed the ...

  • March 2015

    March 2015

    Relationships with family-run businesses matter more to bankers in Asia than anywhere else. FinanceAsia has analysed which tycoons turn to which bankers when they want to get a deal done.   Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-shing has by far been the most active deal-maker in Asia and generated ...

  • February 2015

    February 2015

    Finance ministers have a difficult task ahead of them in 2015. Governments across the Asia-Pacific region are faced with a mountain of debt, weak demographics and the onset of deflationary pressure.  States have not deleveraged since the 2008 global financial crisis as many had ...

  • December 2014

    December 2014

    Politicians will be stalking Asian economies for inefficient companies, slashing red tape and rooting out corruption in 2015, which will galvanise deal making. In China, Premier Xi Jinping’s push to break up China’s overweening state-owned companies is gathering pace. Among the ...

  • November 2014

    November 2014

    Rules for trade and investment are key to understanding who  will hold sway over fast-growing Southeast Asia. The US, Japan and China would like to tie Asean, a group representing 10 of the region’s governments, to competing trade blocs. But Asean members have their own ideas. As...

  • October 2014

    October 2014

    Asia looks more resilient to capital flight as the US Federal Reserve departs from its easy-money strategy than during last year’s taper tantrum, and better placed to weather the coming storm than other emerging markets. The looming end of the Fed’s quantative easing expected ...

  • 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 ...

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