FinanceAsia Magazine

Issue: April 2012

Issue: April 2012

No matter how you slice it, Standard Chartered's numbers look good. As Nick Lord writes in his cover story on the bank: It has increased profits faster than revenues and revenues faster than assets, and done this while barely growing its staff. The streamlined approach to focusing on what clients need rather than trying to push products they don't need is down to the steady hand of CEO Peter Sands. Nick sat down with Sands in London to discuss what has worked, and to ask the hard questions about what might not work. Critics say Standard Chartered won't be able to sustain the momentum and that some of its lending to date had to be risky and could haunt the bank in the future. But Sands stands his ground.

Related to the cover story is Rupert Walker's interview with Samin Tan, the recently appointed chairman of UK-listed Bumi, which is a Standard Chartered client that is viewed critically. Tan not only sheds light on his strategy for the mining company, but he and his colleague Alexander Ramlie also speak openly about the public dispute with Nat Rothschild.

This month has been rife with breaking news as well — from Hong Kong's selection of its next chief executive to India's budget, which was the last chance the government had to do anything serious before it too gears up for elections. We are only just beginning a year of shifting sands in the political landscape.

Lara Wozniak, Editor

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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.

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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