Spring 2014

Asian babyWith pension obligations threatening to bankrupt China, the government has started reforming its social security system. Stefanie Eschenbacher finds state-owned enterprises have been asked to help with funding.

Akiyoshi ObaJapan is a country that has seen many false dawns, but the bold economic policies advocated by prime minister Shinzo Abe have caught the imagination of investors around the world. Akiyoshi Oba of Tokio Marine Asset Management talks to Stefanie Eschenbacher about his vision.

CrapsMacau gaming stocks have been defying the odds, with share prices growing almost four times as fast as the underlying earnings. Stefanie Eschenbacher asks if this can continue, as there has been no indication for how much longer casino licences will be renewed.

John GreenwoodThere is an increasing number of people calling for the Hong Kong dollar to be pegged to the renminbi, but John Greenwood, who proposed the peg to the dollar three decades ago, tells Stefanie Eschenbacher that it is too early to abandon it.

Boxing-glovesThe 81 high yield bond issuances completed in the Asia Pacific excluding Japan region made last year the busiest on record. However, Evan Thorpe of Dealogic says taking China out of the equation shows that overall market activity ranged at around the same level seen since a decade ago.

Chinese flagThe Chinese regulator has stipulated minimum dividend payout ratios for listed companies. Leanna Lim of Markit says this will have a definite impact on the market.

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