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  • BOC lays blue foundation; now others should follow

    BOC lays blue foundation; now others should follow

    Bank of China has opened a new area of sustainable investing with Asia’s first blue bond. The excitement over the potential for sustainable ocean-related financing in the region is justified — but the market should temper its expectations.

  • Asia’s answer to green bond push lies in China property

    Asia’s answer to green bond push lies in China property

    Green dollar bonds from Chinese high yield real estate developers are rare, but property companies have the potential to push the green market in the region to the next level — and see some pricing benefits in the process.

  • Singapore: a case study for Libor transition

    Singapore: a case study for Libor transition

    Singapore has been a front-runner when it comes to moving away from Libor to a new benchmark, with its regulators, borrowers and banks playing an active role in preparing the market. The rest of Asia’s loan market should pay attention.

  • ESG investors: be careful with supply chains

    ESG investors: be careful with supply chains

    Environmental, social and governance investors are taking an interest in companies' supply chains at last. It is important they do this in a sophisticated way and think deeply about the potential repercussions. Getting supply chains wrong could have devastating consequences.

  • India should hurry bond debut – with a Covid twist

    India should hurry bond debut – with a Covid twist

    Will India ever come to the international bond market? Fears of foreign currency exposure and dissenting voices in the government derailed a planned deal last year. Now is the perfect time to try again.

  • Trump sends a message via WeChat. Don’t ignore it.

    Trump sends a message via WeChat. Don’t ignore it.

    US president Donald Trump’s sudden targeting of Tencent Holdings and its flagship app WeChat last week was vague in the extreme. But what is clear is the Trump administration’s increasing willingness to go after China’s tech darlings. That should not be ignored.

  • Luckin Coffee: a crackdown or a sideshow?

    Luckin Coffee: a crackdown or a sideshow?

    China’s hands-on approach into investigating Luckin Coffee signals that the regulators are serious about cracking down on financial crimes by corporations. But the full extent of their commitment will only be revealed by how they tackle similar problems in the future.

  • Supernova: Ant explodes beyond startup limits

    Supernova: Ant explodes beyond startup limits

    Ant Group revealed last week that it is planning a multi-billion-dollar dual listing in Hong Kong and Shanghai. The company is often referred to as a startup, but it will float at a valuation well above $100bn and has been in business for six years. What is the right term for a company like Ant? It is time for a new moniker.

  • Food for thought: Chinese issuers in euros

    Food for thought: Chinese issuers in euros

    Chinese food and beverage company Bright Food’s ability to court investors and push for a tight price for its euro-denominated bond shows the benefits ─ and downsides ─ of an aggressive approach to the euro market.

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