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  1. Business - Banking & Finance - DEBT

    HSBC turns Asian loan clients into junk bond issuers

    Posted Apr 04th 2013, 12:00am by Bloomberg

    ... Europe's largest bank managed US$5.3 billion of high-yield debt globally in the first quarter, moving up to 10th place after ranking 13th in the previous three full years, data shows. HSBC led junk ... HSBC's head of global markets for Asia Pacific. "Bonds are a complementary and viable source of funding for them, alongside traditional bank debt." HSBC is jostling with UBS for the top ...

  2. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    Growth forecast to rise in emerging Asia

    Posted Apr 09th 2013, 10:16am by JANE CAI

    ... downside risk on the mainland also came from excessive local government debt. "Local governments are under growing pressure to embark on large infrastructure projects to foster growth and employment, especially in the second and third years of China's five-year plan," Shariff said. "Moreover, over half of the debt contracted by local government financing vehicles under ...

  3. Business - Economy - ECONOMY

    Move fast when overheating hits, IMF warns Asia

    Posted Apr 30th 2013, 12:00am by Bloomberg

    ... concerns in an April 15 World Bank report that emerging economies in the region should consider reining in monetary stimulus. Japan needed to have a credible strategy to lower debt, while ...

  4. Business - Companies - RETAILING

    Estee Lauder eyes big Asian expansion as mainland China sales roar

    Posted Mar 13th 2013, 12:00am by Enoch Yiu

    ... spending on cosmetics. Spain and Italy, the countries hit hardest by the euro-zone debt crisis, saw poor sales last year. "Sales of skin-care and cosmetic products do go up and down ...

  5. Business - Money - MARKETS

    Analysts warn investors over rush into bonds

    Posted Jan 28th 2013, 12:00am by Jeanny Yu

    ... Jeanny Yu jeanny.yu@scmp.com Market experts surprised at numbers piling into debt issues despite record-low yields Analysts warn investors over rush into bonds The investment tide has not yet turned from bonds to shares, but the change is not far off, say market watchers and analysts. For the moment, however, investors continue to pile into Asian high-yield bonds ...

  6. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    As Asia grows, SMEs must venture out, or miss out

    Posted Jan 24th 2013, 12:00am by ALBERT CHAN

    ... But that has changed. In Western markets, consumers are using any extra cash they might have to pay down their debt rather than go shopping. For the ambitious entrepreneur, the outlook in the developed ...

  7. Business - Comment - MONITOR

    Fed's zero interest rate hurts Asia and may not help the US

    Posted Jan 16th 2013, 12:00am by Tom Holland

    ... of interbank lending has plunged by 75 per cent, with banks holding on to cash or buying low-risk Treasury debt instead. "The US system of bank intermediation is essentially broken," argues ...

  8. Business - Companies - PROPERTY

    CBRE to expand into capital markets to tap China clients

    Posted Nov 22nd 2012, 12:00am by Peggy Sito

    ... soon- will be responsible for helping clients source capital in the form of equity or debt, executing investment strategies and advising clients on private placements. The Singapore-based unit ...

  9. News - China - 18th PARTY CONGRESS

    China's sovereign wealth fund to focus on Asia investments

    Posted Nov 12th 2012, 12:00am by Reuters in Beijing

    ... as one for the world to follow. He said the policy response to Europe's debt crisis was a reason to stay underweight on bonds and stocks there. "There is a rise in protectionism in both ... or central bank chief. But European banks and peripheral euro zone sovereign debt were definitely off his shopping list. "We dare not touch the banking sector there because we do not know how ...

  10. Business - Banking & Finance - FINANCE

    Asian corporate bonds market hits US$100b

    Posted Oct 01st 2012, 12:00am by Ray Chan

    ... in the face of lacklustre stock market performances. The increased capital flows into Asian bond markets from debt-laden economies in the West is likely to drive investor demand for coupon-paying ... in the three main international currencies- the US dollar, the yen and the euro- in the first nine months of the year, according to data provider Dealogic. Terence Chia, co-head of debt syndication ...




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