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One might argue that central banks’ interest rate hikes and hawkish inflation rhetoric are working: inflation expectations have stabilized in the eurozone, US and UK. But there is reason to fear that policymakers are going too far too fast, especially in Europe, where the energy crisis is eroding real disposable incomes
1 Feb 2023
The Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI) has issued a 10-year blue bond amounting to 7 billion yen (US$53.7 million) and a 10-year social bond worth US$130 million to Japanese and Taiwanese institutional investors.
31 Jan 2023
Fiserv, a Nasdaq-listed payment solutions provider, has received a major payment institution (MPI) licence from the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS). The licence, effective January 1 2023, allows the company’s local entity, First Data Merchant Solutions Private Limited, to provide merchant acquisition services as well as domestic and cross-border money transfer services under the Payment Services Act (PS Act) 2019.
31 Jan 2023
A resurgent tourism sector, along with its expected positive impact on domestic consumption, has raised the outlook for Thailand’s stock market this year, making it a top pick in the Asean region. Contributing to this upbeat sentiment is the performance of the country’s initial public offering (IPO) market, which raised a robust 127.84 billion baht (US$3.91 billion) in 2022, the highest in the region.
31 Jan 2023
Singapore’s TransformHub chief talks trends, wonders about investor appetite
30 Jan 2023
Citicore Energy REIT Corporation (CREIT), the Philippines’ first renewable energy real estate investment trust and the largest renewable energy landlord, on January 30 obtained the green light from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to sell its maiden Asean green bond offering.
30 Jan 2023
A careful look at US economic conditions supports the view that inflation was driven mainly by supply-side disruptions and shifts in the pattern of demand. Given this, further interest rate hikes will have little to no effect – and will cause far-reaching problems of their own
30 Jan 2023
The Asean+3 outstanding sustainable bond market topped US$598 billion in 2022, crossing the halfway mark to US$1 trillion for the first time, data from AsianBondsOnline (ABO) indicate. This represents a year-on-year (YoY) growth of 34%, slower than the 57.1% growth posted in 2021 as activity was impacted by tightening financial conditions. Compared with 2016, it represents a five-fold increase.
27 Jan 2023
Are Chinese technology firms seeing the light at the end of the tunnel? The answer is a probable yes, based in part on the stock performance of the country’s tech giants so far in 2023. Having endured several years of regulatory oversight, including the restructuring of business processes and pressure to be transparent about how they use customer data, Chinese tech firms are seeing a change of approach from policymakers.
27 Jan 2023
As we enter the last full trading week of January, it is just me or is credit market sentiment in a better place than it was as we headed into the year-end break? And has the overall tone improved as the year has progressed? It certainly feels that way and it’s almost a little odd. Everyone had gone into the end of 2022 feeling rather gloomy because it’d been a long year and constantly trying to factor in the impacts of so many economic and geopolitical headwinds that had made markets volatile and uncertain was just exhausting.
26 Jan 2023
Trade and Supply Chain Connect (TASConnect), a bank-agnostic supply chain finance platform owned by Standard Chartered Bank, has chosen TransformHub, a digital solutions provider based in Singapore, to support its growth ambitions across Southeast Asia.
26 Jan 2023
Hong Kong-based payment platform YedPay is expanding into Southeast Asia with the signing of three separate partnerships. YedPay has partnered with Thailand-based Venture Cap, an ASL Securities subsidiary, China UnionPay unit Easylink, and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
20 Jan 2023