Asiamoney September 2016

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  • Asia-Middle East corridor struggles to connect

    Asia-Middle East corridor struggles to connect

    There is plenty that links Asia with the Middle East across economics, culture and politics with countries in both regions keen to take advantage of the opportunities. But progress on capitalising on those connections has been slower than expected, writes Elliot Wilson.

  • FX bankers bask in Asia’s growing influence

    FX bankers bask in Asia’s growing influence

    There has never been a better time to be an FX banker in Asia as the region captures a bigger share of global activity driven by the rise of the renminbi and increased capital flows to and from the continent. Technology is also playing a bigger role but the best franchises from Asiamoney’s FX Poll 2016 combine that with top notch advisory, and geographical and product clout. Lorraine Cushnie reports.

  • Asiamoney FX 2016 poll - full results

    Asiamoney FX 2016 poll - full results

    In the 26th annual FX Poll, Asiamoney invited senior management, senior treasury and financial executives from listed companies, SMEs, banks, fund management firms and other financial institutions to rate their top five FX providers in Asia-Pacific.

  • Family ties bind Philippine banks

    Family ties bind Philippine banks

    The conglomerate ownership of the largest banks in the Philippines is coming under greater scrutiny as the regulator and even the International Monetary Fund express concern. Increased foreign ownership is one way to reduce the risk, but that strategy presents its own challenges. Peter McGill reports.

  • Taiwan renminbi bonds: down but not out

    Taiwan renminbi bonds: down but not out

    Renminbi bonds in Taiwan had a spectacular run for most of last year. But a new age of renminbi volatility combined with weaker regulatory momentum has put the market on hold in 2016. Nevertheless market participants agree that the renminbi promise remains an enticing one. Paolo Danese reports.

  • Formosa emerges as blue chip bond market

    Formosa emerges as blue chip bond market

    Major corporates have been quick to spot the potential of the Formosa market, with names including Apple, Électricité de France and Anheuser-Busch InBev selling multi-billion dollar transactions. Ample liquidity and a savvy investor base means corporate issuance of Formosa bonds is only set to grow. Elliot Wilson reports.

  • Taiwan’s bank capital ambitions

    Taiwan’s bank capital ambitions

    Foreign banks would be remiss to ignore Taiwan’s Formosa market when it comes to bank capital fundraising after the country introduced regulations that allow lenders to sell dollar-denominated tier twos domestically. Yet even though a number of banks have been quick to take advantage, Taiwan will need to consider further relaxations if it wants to attract more names. Tanya Angerer reports.

  • Private placements yield to a changing Taiwan market

    Private placements yield to a changing Taiwan market

    Taiwan life insurers are addicted to long dated callable private placements. But what was once a beneficial habit, is no longer offering juicy returns. As yields continue to slide, the Taiwanese MTN market is having to adapt to the changing environment, writes Jonathan Breen.

  • Asiamoney roundtable: Thailand tackles infrastructure investment

    Asiamoney roundtable: Thailand tackles infrastructure investment

    Thailand has ambitious plans to plug its infrastructure gap but before these investments can take off, funding must take centre stage. Project bonds are one way to overcome this. Asiamoney speaks to a group of leading market participants about how the Kingdom’s domestic liquidity can be harnessed to fund infrastructure developments, and why project bonds make sense for both issuers and investors.

  • HK Stars Index: ESG— Profit or Loss?

    HK Stars Index: ESG— Profit or Loss?

    How do investors figure out if ESG expenses are actually worth the money companies are spending? Vivian Chow and William Cox suggest some of the metrics investors should consider.

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