Asset allocation: Conviction confliction

Asset allocation: Conviction confliction

As we drift towards the end of the year, conferences seem to be full of panels on asset allocation for the 12 months ahead: sometimes a bold investor will go so far as to say what they invest in themselves; sometimes that’s a surprise.

IPO: Hong Kong literary book has many pages

IPO: Hong Kong literary book has many pages

The capital markets highlight of November in Asia was the Hong Kong IPO of Tencent spinoff China Literature, which raised HK$8.3 billion ($1.1 billion), was 600 times oversubscribed and shot up 70% on its first day of trading.

Ukraine: PrivatBank was a boon to Mills

Ukraine: PrivatBank was a boon to Mills

Back in June, holders of Eurobonds bailed in during the state takeover of Ukraine’s PrivatBank last year hired a clutch of upmarket American PRs to make the case to western journalists that the nationalization was illegitimate.

A bridge to blockchain scepticism

A bridge to blockchain scepticism

I realize my mistake within minutes of sharing with a colleague the notice from Dentacoin of the first blockchain solution for the global dental industry, including its own cryptocurrency token to pay for dental care products on a new trading platform.

Lights, camera, $119 million! How DC makes crime pay

Lights, camera, $119 million! How DC makes crime pay

Bankers might have spent much of this year’s IMF meetings fretting over where they might find growth, but the only growth worrying Washington’s cab drivers was the awesome sum being raked in by the city’s traffic cameras.

A week of strange speakers in Asia

A week of strange speakers in Asia

September always sees a glut of conferences in Hong Kong and Singapore, and with them, an apparent competition to come up with the unlikeliest keynote presenter.

F1 is all at sea

F1 is all at sea

September brought Formula One to Singapore once again, and with it the usual draconian restrictions on advertising by anyone who is not firmly contracted to F1.

Press pass

Press pass

In early October, Euromoney accepts an invitation to Bloomberg’s inaugural ETF event, at which the future of these popular investment vehicles is to be chewed over in detail.

Home truths from emerging markets

Home truths from emerging markets

It has been a challenging few years in emerging market banking, so it is hard to blame lenders for wanting to put a positive spin on difficult situations.

China: A song and dance for Belt and Road

China: A song and dance for Belt and Road

China’s landmark Belt and Road Forum – not, we are told, to be abbreviated as Barf – has been hailed as a success for the country’s sprawling infrastructure agenda.