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  • Alibaba CEO learns lesson in humility

    Alibaba CEO learns lesson in humility

    Alibaba’s chief executive Daniel Zhang has praised a regulatory crackdown on China’s technology titans. That was an abrupt turn from co-founder Jack Ma’s loose-lips policy to discussing China. Investors will be relieved.

  • ECB could copy Japan's special rates for reforming banks

    ECB could copy Japan's special rates for reforming banks

    The Bank of Japan has said that it will pay extra on reserves deposited by banks that become more cost efficient or that merge. A similar policy could well be introduced in Europe too, although perhaps with different aims.

  • Ant’s listing failure should worry HKEX

    Ant’s listing failure should worry HKEX

    Ant Group’s IPO suspension was a big blow to many: the fintech firm itself, the banks that worked on the huge transaction, and the investors that were salivating to get a piece of the stock. It was also a big setback for the Hong Kong Stock Exchange's reputation as an independent and attractive listing destination.

  • China’s move against Ant Group is a gift to its critics

    China’s move against Ant Group is a gift to its critics

    China’s decision to clamp down on Ant Group has derailed an IPO of at least $34bn, despite execution being finished last week. The move appears to be little more than political muscle-flexing by Beijing. The real winners will be the country’s critics.

  • 'The Chinese bid': don’t count on it

    'The Chinese bid': don’t count on it

    Ask any debt banker in Asia about 'the Chinese bid' and they will tell you how dramatically demand from the country has transformed the dollar bond market. But a handful of recent deals from the country’s local government financing vehicles should give borrowers pause. This source of demand cannot be taken for granted.

  • Asia green loans: don’t blur the lines

    Asia green loans: don’t blur the lines

    Asian loans bankers are calling for relaxed restrictions on green and sustainability-linked loans, hoping for more business opportunities from the sector. But this approach could harm the development of the market in the long-term.

  • Rubio is wrong to want to block Ant IPO

    Rubio is wrong to want to block Ant IPO

    US senator Marco Rubio wants his government to find a way to delay the listing of Ant Group, even though it is happening outside of the US. The move would undoubtedly be bad news for US banks but it also appears to offer little upside to politicians.

  • Asian bond issuers: time is running out

    Asian bond issuers: time is running out

    Asian borrowers looking to tap the international dollar bond market this year have only a small window of opportunity to raise funds. They should act quickly.

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