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  • October 2013

    October 2013

    Call to action Alibaba’s decision to take its potentially $15 billion IPO elsewhere was a heavy blow to Hong Kong’s status as a global financial hub. The Alibaba affair is only the most dramatic example of how Hong Kong’s IPO machine is breaking down, as our cover story ...

  • September 2013

    September 2013

    Asia on sale Collapsing currencies and capital outflows have Asians asking are we heading back to 1997? Asia is a long way from that abyss. Current account surpluses abound, most Asian countries are net creditors and domestic leverage is under control. The reason why foreigners yanked ...

  • August 2013

    August 2013

    Japanese companies vote with their feet So far we’ve not seen enough from Abenomics. Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has the ideas and the political power to push through his plan for economic revival, but the greatest fillip he has given the country’s economy so far is ...

  • 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 ...

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