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  • July 2013

    July 2013

    After the storm China’s credit crunch highlighted several surprising factors: the authorities’ determination to push through reform and the central bank’s clumsiness in carrying out the task. The People’s Bank of China deliberately starved the banking system ...

  • June 2013

    June 2013

    Running out of room Central banks, led by Great Depression-era scholar Ben Bernanke, have helped save the world from outright economic collapse.They understood the role that monetary stimulus could play in enabling banks to repair balance sheets, to support indebted homeowners, and, most of ...

  • May 2013

    May 2013

    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 ...

  • April 2013

    April 2013

    As FinanceAsia was going to press, the Republic of Indonesia successfully raised $3 billion from the international bond market. It is yet another example of the growing reliance of Asian governments, companies and quasi-sovereign institutions on tapping bond markets. This month’s ...

  • March 2013

    March 2013

    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 ...

  • February 2013

    February 2013

    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 ...

  • December 2012

    December 2012

    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 ...

  • November 2012

    November 2012

    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 ...

  • October 2012

    October 2012

    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 ...

  • September 2012

    September 2012

    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 ...

  • August 2012

    August 2012

    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. ...

  • July 2012

    July 2012

    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 ...

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