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  • Asia’s Spac IPOs are best done away from home

    Asia’s Spac IPOs are best done away from home

    The Singapore Exchange’s plan to get in on the rush to list special purpose acquisition companies (Spacs) is a bold move that could give it an edge over regional rivals. But there are plenty of obstacles — and its efforts may well be futile.

  • US banks face impossible questions on China

    US banks face impossible questions on China

    The relationship between the US and China, which has faced immense strain during Donald Trump’s presidency, is unlikely to get too much relief under the Biden administration. The biggest losers will be US banks and their capital markets business in Asia.

  • Sustainability-linked bonds: a win on several counts

    Sustainability-linked bonds: a win on several counts

    With Asia’s sustainability-linked bond (SLB) market thrown wide open with the first transaction, there is a case to be made for the opportunities offered to both issuers and investors by this nascent asset class.

  • Indian loans: some good news after a bad year

    Indian loans: some good news after a bad year

    Asian loans bankers are expressing guarded optimism about their prospects this year. Most of their hopes are so far concentrated on India, where a mix of public and private sector deals — as well as the occasional sponsor financing — should bring some welcome supply.

  • Taiwan: banks don’t need lending guidelines

    Taiwan: banks don’t need lending guidelines

    Taiwan’s Ministry of Finance has reportedly asked state-owned banks to take six steps to avoid lending to companies that will end up defaulting. Some of these steps are obvious, others are impractical — and all of them are unnecessary.

  • 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.

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