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  • 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 ...

  • 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 ...

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