Asian finance has transformed in the past two decades. Just months after FinanceAsia launched in 1996, the region was engulfed by a crisis that toppled governments. Now Asia boasts the world’s largest banks and is leading the fintech revolution.
For this, our 20th anniversary issue, we ask some of the most influential people in finance what they think are the defining trends for the years to come.
The result is a range of views that span the market’s hopes and fears.
While a senior China credit analyst warns rising defaults in China could halt high-yield debt issuance, others emphasise opportunities as the world’s third-largest bond market opens up to global investors.
The surge in Asian markets has been a boon for many a career; some contributors to our very first issue in September 1996, namely Stuart Gulliver at HSBC and Piyush Gupta at DBS, now sit atop their respective banks. Gulliver again shared his insights for this special anniversary edition.
The cover story back then was an investigative piece into a series of defections from Lehman Brothers. Who could imagine that, just a dozen years, later the Wall Street bank would be gone?
In keeping with this changing landscape FinanceAsia has also evolved, attuned to the technological disruption that has altered people’s reading habits, and the booming global interest in Asia’s economic miracle.
At the start we were just a monthly print publication but then in 2000 we were quick to embrace the digital age, launching financeasia.com and spinning-out sister publication AsianInvestor. The Corporate Treasurer followed in 2012. Since then our online readership and digital offering has grown and grown.
The next stage is to develop a digital library rich in news, case studies, technical papers and interactive data across all three finance titles.
To do that, we need the help of you, the readers.
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What remains constant is our independent team of full-time journalists and their total commitment to accurate, timely, and unbiased analysis and data.
We look forward to bringing you news from Asia in the years to come.