The Asia Eight

Daily must-reads from the world’s most dynamic region

January 27, 2021

1 TOP STORY: HK signals green finance ambitions

2 ATF TV: Post-pandemic product innovations

3 ASIA MARKETS: HSI falls; CSI300, Nikkei rise

4 NEWS: India mulling its own digital currency

5 NEWS: China's army of young retail investors

6 NEWS: Ant to sell controversial eye-scan unit

7 NEWS: Biden commerce pick tough on Huawei

8 ATF BIG PICTURE: STAR Market's stellar 18 months

01 Top Story Hong Kong issues first long green bond

Enthusiastic demand for 30-year security reflects strong pick-up in Asia appetite for sustainable financial products, says Hong Kong Monetary Authority, as city hopes to become regional hub

02 ATF TV Future products

Alvin Yeo, ESG analyst at UBS in Hong Kong, looks over the prospects for product innovation after the pandemic

03 Asia Markets

HSI falls 0.3% to 29,297.53, CSI300 climbs 0.1% to 3,573.34 and the Nikkei 225 adds 0.3% to 28,635.21

04 India mulls digital rupee

The Reserve Bank of India said on Monday it plans to explore the possibility of a digital version of rupee, given the increasing adoption of virtual currencies in other parts of the world

05 China's young investors

The number of A-share investors exceeds 175 million and they are getting younger; Nearly a third of accounts are now owned by people aged from 24 to 30

06 Ant to sell eye-scan unit

Reported divestment is latest controversy to hit the financial technology affiliate of Alibaba Group that was forced to cancel a huge initial public offering in 2020

07 US still tough on Huawei

Gina Raimondo pledged to protect US telecom networks from Chinese firms including Huawei and ZTE at her Senate confirmation hearing; with orders to ban TikTok and many other firms from the previous administration, she has plenty on her plate

08 ATF Big Picture

12 STAR Market-listed companies will be added in 'northbound' leg of Stock Connect, marking a likely inclusion on the FTSE Global Equity Index Series (GEIS)