A MONTH IN THE MARKETS - Babble or Babel?

  • 01 Dec 2004
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The dollar is going to hell in a hand basket because the American's don't save enough. Europeans aren't breeding enough to keep their economies growing, and don't want immigration. The Japanese suffer from both European problems, and they save too much. The governments of all three areas are taking fiscal decisions that do not cater to the common weal, instead favouring one interest group or the other. The average rich-country Joe is looking down time's throat with some trepidation about his future.

So what's a smart punter in a rich country to do to offset the foolishness of his government, but to buy emerging markets? May as well make the most of what you have, and stick that in a country where the stockmarket will go up and the currency may as well. So say the jungle drums of the day.

Such a decision looks more inevitable by the day, but implementing it is easier said than done. Some investment choices are easy, such as picking Asia as the destination. It is made up of many of the world's fastest-growing economies, and as it integrates, the cluster effect will drive greater scale than for, say, Brazil, which is surrounded by financially unsuitable neighbours.

This month, Asiamoney asked professional fund managers their opinions on which are the region's Best-Managed Companies. The winners of the poll were clear. But the best-managed companies are not necessarily always the best investments. The money business can promote residency and language bias. The bulk of fund managers accessible in the English language press are expatriates based in Hong Kong. Half of the poll respondents were based in Hong Kong or Singapore, and those fund managers tend not to cover Japan.

One hopes that fund managers do not use these criteria to invest, though the top two picks in both India and China have had punters laughing all the way to the bank.

Fund managers set great store by communications with companies; their raison d'être is that they are able to extract more information from companies than an Internet punter. There must be some justification for fees charged.

This communication bias does no harm in Occidental lands where there is a common language and culture between money merchant and manager, but may be doing a disservice to investors in Asia. The observer of a Korean company may well be an Indian who doesn't know a Han from a gull. Money managers may be rating highly those markets and companies where English and financial-speak skills are high, while ignoring those where they aren't.

An informed investor may just be better off going with the fundamentals. One fact stands out above all: the capitalization of many emerging countries' stockmarkets is a fraction of GDP, as opposed to the US market, whose stockmarkets are worth a multiple of US GDP. The best emerging economies will grow at 5%-8% each year for the next two decades, implying a possible quadrupling of their size in the medium term. Some of that growth will come from new entrants to the market, making a good case for buying quality new listings. The rest will come from companies and industries that already exist.

Bangalored, the verb that describes having had your computer-programming or call-centre job pushed to the eponymous city, says it all. Invest in the industries that your country lacks and is likely to import as goods or services. If that means IT and call centres from India, and computers and toys from China, so be it. Other than that, go for force multipliers, such as banks, that are businesses that support the general bettering of the business climate.

Markets are usually smarter than managers, so stick with foreign stocks listed in New York or London. With ADRs and GDRs the market will have done some homework for you by listing competitive industries with expectations of growth, and companies with some semblance of governance. am

  • 01 Dec 2004

Bookrunners of International Emerging Market DCM

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • Today
1 Citi 68,957.80 315 9.72%
2 HSBC 63,598.43 369 8.97%
3 JPMorgan 58,711.87 255 8.28%
4 Deutsche Bank 32,827.09 139 4.63%
5 Standard Chartered Bank 30,983.80 220 4.37%

Bookrunners of LatAm Emerging Market DCM

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
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1 Citi 20,172.62 62 14.30%
2 JPMorgan 16,300.95 61 11.56%
3 HSBC 15,707.62 42 11.13%
4 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 13,030.61 52 9.24%
5 Santander 11,734.03 47 8.32%

Bookrunners of CEEMEA International Bonds

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
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1 JPMorgan 26,997.79 92 6.59%
2 Citi 24,968.00 87 6.10%
3 HSBC 18,039.36 69 4.41%
4 Deutsche Bank 10,385.92 29 2.54%
5 Standard Chartered Bank 10,214.05 48 2.49%

EMEA M&A Revenue

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
  • Last updated
  • 02 May 2016
1 JPMorgan 195.08 50 10.55%
2 Goldman Sachs 162.26 37 8.77%
3 Morgan Stanley 141.22 46 7.64%
4 Bank of America Merrill Lynch 114.20 33 6.18%
5 Citi 95.36 35 5.16%

Bookrunners of Central and Eastern Europe: Loans

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
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1 ING 3,133.69 26 8.62%
2 UniCredit 2,986.04 23 8.21%
3 Credit Suisse 2,801.35 8 7.70%
4 Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group 2,594.98 10 7.14%
5 SG Corporate & Investment Banking 2,301.01 20 6.33%

Bookrunners of India DCM

Rank Lead Manager Amount $m No of issues Share %
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1 AXIS Bank 12,906.34 183 21.93%
2 ICICI Bank 5,706.63 152 9.70%
3 Trust Investment Advisors 5,552.05 162 9.43%
4 Standard Chartered Bank 4,365.14 48 7.42%
5 HDFC Bank 2,786.90 77 4.73%