FinanceAsia Magazine

Issue: July 2012

Issue: July 2012

For more than a year we’ve been holding our breath in the hope that Europe won’t implode as each new instalment of the eurozone debt drama has been unfolding. Now, we’ve got Liborgate unravelling, with UK, US and European regulators investigating the world’s biggest banks to uncover if the figures proffered to determine the London interbank offered rate were fiddled. This too is a scandal that is unlikely to die down soon.

By comparison, Asia looks pretty good. However, we need to keep our eye on the ball as we have some big issues that need to be focused on now, or they will become our undoing later. One is water. The headline news in the past year, from Australia to Japan, has been mostly about flooding. But the greater problem may be a lack of potable water in our lifetime. Fixing that life-threatening scenario is crucial, but may also offer an investment opportunity. In our cover story, we explain how to unlock the value.

At the moment though, Asian economies are ticking along despite the endless slowdown in the West. Most of our private sector is still flush with cash, and some of that is being used to acquire new assets and resources. And for companies that need capital, Asian banks are eager to help. Both are evident in our Country Awards 2012 section, where we highlight the financial institutions that handled some outstanding deals in the past year.

We also note that each new headline-grabbing drama out of Europe could send more business Asia’s way. As Nick Lord points out in his story, once Europe’s banks get clarification on the specifics of their new capital regime, we are likely to see new bank capital issuance structured specifically to appeal to the Asian private banking market.

And if investigations continue to show big banks colluding to look good, it could dent a few reputations and make Asian players turn to their regional banks for more services.

 

Lara Wozniak, Editor
lara.wozniak@financeasia.com

 

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Established in 1996, FinanceAsia is the leading publisher of financial news in the Asia-Pacific region. Our combination of print and online products provide the latest news, analysis and insight into Asia’s financial markets.

Published monthly from our office in Hong Kong, FinanceAsia magazine provides our readers with the latest financial trends, interviews, features and investigative reports. The publication has a readership of key decision-makers at corporations, governments, investment and commercial banks, institutional investors, asset managers, brokers, traders and financial intermediaries.

Our regular sections include:

Data Story
We look at the key data behind a topical theme in Asian finance, showcased with an array of graphs and tables.

Greenshoe
A monthly opinion column from the FinanceAsia editorial team. We provide our thoughts on a topic making the headlines.

Deal of the Month
Our regular two-page spread with its signature artwork and in-depth analysis examines the equity, debt or M&A deal that we feel has had the biggest impact on the Asian capital markets that month.

Investor Dialogue
For company CEOs and CFOs, what investors think is a critical concern, and in this column we help them understand just this. Each month we speak to a Chief Investment Officer of a top fund and outline their views on corporate governance, what stocks they like and where they expect to generate the best returns.

Soapbox
A monthly opinion piece from a respected author or commentator on Asian business, finance or economics.

People on the Move
Here we summarise the key hires, fires and moves at the region’s banks, highlighting at least one major move each month.

Deal Tracker
We examine the major primary markets deals of the month and comment on the quality of the debt or equity transaction and the secondary market performance.

The Arts of Finance
A light-hearted look at investment opportunities surrounding the arts business in Asia.

 

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