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  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

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