Chinese authorities are once again voicing their desire to get back on track with the reform agenda. But Bond Connect aside, there is not much evidence the powers that be are delivering on that promise — as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) rightly makes clear in its China country report.
National Thermal Power Corp (NTPC) has become the second Indian company to seek long-term funding under the latest Reserve Bank of India guidelines — about five months after Power Finance Corp's similar, albeit unsuccessful, attempt. Given that precedent, NTPC will do well to keep its hopes in check.
Asian issuers are racing against the clock to push out new bonds, taking advantage of abundant liquidity and historically low yields. But with summer fast approaching, issuers — particularly high yield debut names — should go back to basics.
Foreign investors look set to be allowed into Myanmar's capital markets soon, with new laws close to approval. The news is very welcome as growth has stalled in the country's markets since the first shares started trading on the Yangon exchange last year. However, any celebrations must be tempered by the experiences of Myanmar's neighbouring countries and it must take care to avoid similar pitfalls.
The Panda bond market is having its best run of the year in terms of issuance volume and number of deals sealed. But a closer look at the market shows a distinct lack of long-term investors — a real risk at the heart of the Chinese financial system.
The Indian government has given itself another year to meet free float requirements on listed state-owned firms, despite having had since 2014 to wind down its positions. The move illustrates a lax attitude in both the public and private sectors around liquidity and public shareholding levels — an issue that must be remedied.
China made a clear step towards creating a financial super-regulator last week, when it created a new oversight commission within the central bank. The mega-merger of China’s many competing regulators is a good idea – but it is also fraught with risks.
The spat between Qatar and its GCC neighbours has reared its ugly head in the capital markets, with the possibility Abu Dhabi informally boycotting Qatari-owned banks on the table. But neither side is likely to really feel the pinch.
Despite making up 80% of the UK's GDP, services are being left out of the loop in the confusion surrounding the country’s potential exit from the European Union and the recent focus on the Customs Union.
The cryptocurrency market is sensationally hot. The pace at which new money is flooding into the market is staggering. Some of the hype might turn out to be justified, but there are plenty of ridiculous ideas getting swept up in the palaver. Here are nine of the best.
Germany’s constitutional court has referred several questions to the European Court of Justice over whether the Public Sector Purchase Programme is compatible with European Union rules prohibiting monetary financing by central banks. As was proved with Germany’s challenge of the European Central Bank’s Outright Monetary Transactions, there is again likely to be little effect from the move — and in any case, Germany’s judiciary should learn that at times of crisis, central banks should be left to wave their magic wands.
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Panda Bonds Top Arrangers
|Rank||Arranger||Share % by Volume|
|2||China CITIC Bank Corp||12.38|
|3||Bank of China (BOC)||11.61|
|5||China Merchants Bank Co||10.06|
Bookrunners of Asia-Pac (ex-Japan) ECM
|Rank||Lead Manager||Amount $m||No of issues||Share %|
|3||China International Capital Corp Ltd||7,824.36||37||5.35%|
Bookrunners of Asia Pacific (ex-Japan) G3 DCM
|Rank||Lead Manager||Amount $m||No of issues||Share %|
|4||Standard Chartered Bank||12,677.71||92||4.74%|
|5||Bank of America Merrill Lynch||11,943.66||69||4.47%|
Asian polls & awards
Every year, our sister publication Asiamoney carries out an Offshore RMB Poll. As part of that process, the magazine asks the market for its thoughts on important renminbi topics. In this third year, we received around 2,300 valid responses, up 3% on a year ago. The ten questions included a new one on the inclusion of onshore RMB assets in global indices. Here we present the answers to the final five questions.
Every year, our sister publication Asiamoney carries out an Offshore RMB Poll. As part of that process, the magazine asks the market for its thoughts on important renminbi topics. In this third year, we received around 2,300 valid responses, up 3% on a year ago. The ten questions included a new one on the inclusion of onshore RMB assets in global indices. Here we present the answers to the first five questions.
You know who won, now find out why. GlobalCapital Asia and Asiamoney present the extended results of our 2016 China Deals and Investment Bank of the Year awards, recognising achievement both on and offshore.
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The names have been announced, now find out why they stood out from the crowd. GlobalCapital Asia and Asiamoney present the extended results for our 2016 Australia Deals and Investment Bank of the Year awards, recognising achievement in equities, bonds, loans and investment banking.