FinanceAsia Magazine

Issue: November 2012

Issue: 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 continue to take equity stakes in foreign oil companies and negotiate long-term contracts to secure its energy supply. Given that the rest of Asia (except Brunei) is similarly dependent upon foreign fuel supplies, this offers opportunities to bankers looking to finance and arrange deals. But it also has implications on regional geopolitical stability. The recent spate of spats over tiny islands in Asia is a case in point. We need to think about long-term energy supply solutions, now.

Elsewhere in the magazine, we look at how China’s healthcare system is too costly for the average worker, how there is increasing demand to curb the power of Korea’s conglomerates  and how rising corporate debt in India is eroding investor confidence.

But on the bright side, we also include a series of profiles about people getting it right in Asia: from the executive vice-president of Korea Finance Corporation, Choi Bong-sik,  who seeks to support small and medium-sized enterprise growth;  to the Philippines’ Solaire Manila COO Michael French who reckons casinos in the Philippines will help lure back workers; to Thai Union Frozen’s president Thiraphong Chansiri who is building a global corporate leader (in canned tuna) in Southeast Asia through smart global acquisitions.

Finally, please see our Bond Markets Guide 2012 supplement, for insights to the growing fixed income market in Asia.

Lara Wozniak, Editor


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About FinanceAsia Magazine

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.

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.

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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