Merrill pulls back from Asian fixed income research

Seemingly unthinkable, but suddenly actual, Merrill de-emphasises fixed income research in Asia.

In this year's FinanceAsia fixed income research poll - published on this website last week - Merrill Lynch finished eighth. It also did so the year before. However, in the preceding four years, Merrill dominated the poll - in large part thanks to Chris Francis, who then relocated to London.

Now, as part of Merrill's overall re-evaluation of its Asian businesses, the once mighty fixed income research franchise has been pared back. In a major move made yesterday it has decided to scale back its Asian credit research team.

Team leader, Jason Carley a managing director will be relocated outside Asia, others will leave Asia too and Linda Bui will remain in Hong...

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