As 2018 draws to a close, all of us at FinanceAsia would like to express our gratitude to you, our readers, for your continued support this year.
And what a year it was for Asia’s capital markets.
As part of our new strategy unveiled this year, FinanceAsia is dedicated to delivering first-hand insight into the region’s most dynamic companies and reporting on the rising stars of Asian business raising capital to support their unique strategies.
Despite the heightened geopolitical uncertainties and worries that global economic growth has peaked, we saw some of the region’s most promising startups, such as Meituan-Dianping, Nio and Ping An Good Doctor, make their way to the stock market this year after raising billions of dollars from public investors.
As global investors increasingly look to invest in fast-growing private companies, FinanceAsia is deploying more resources to reveal the companies that are poised to disrupt industries through the power of technology.
This year, we met Grab to understand how the Southeast Asian ride-hailing giant collaborates with the Singaporean government to create a more efficient urban transport network as part of their long-term goal to develop a smart city.
We spoke with WeDoctor to examine how the Chinese healthcare portal aims to use technology to solve the decades-old problem of uneven distribution of medical resources in the world’s most populous country.
And ahead of its $1.9 billion US initial public offering in July we talked to Pinduoduo to understand how the online group discounter is applying a different model to challenge Alibaba’s dominance in Chinese e-commerce.
We produced in-depth coverage of the big industrial developments and emerging trends that could potentially provide the next big investment opportunities, including 5G, autonomous driving technology and music streaming, among many others.
In addition, we continued to cover trends in Chinese banking and capital markets and closely followed developments around the Belt and Road Initiative and Beijing’s Go Out policy.
In recognition of excellence to financial institutions that have played a key role in connecting corporates and investors together in China, we launched our inaugural China Awards in collaboration with our sister title CorporateTreasurer.
Our black-tie dinner, held in Beijing on November 29, was attended by over 200 investors, bankers and business people from across the country.
Looking forward to 2019, FinanceAsia promises to continue engaging with our audience through our daily online coverage as well as through our conferences, awards and quarterly print edition. We will continue with our mission to unearth the next exciting opportunities for international investors within Asia.
In the meantime, we are taking a seasonal break. Although our online editorial coverage will continue, our daily newsletters resume on January 3, 2019.
FinanceAsia wishes you Merry Christmas, Seasonal Greetings and a Happy New Year.