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  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

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