Brexit shows Asia that politics and trade don’t mix and we’re better together 

Brexit shows Asia that politics and trade don’t mix and we’re better together 

Brexit is less than a month old but the UK is already paying a heavy price for its decision to quit the European Union, the world’s largest free trade area – and Asia can learn lessons from what threatens to be a monumental act of self-harm. Remainers who wanted to …

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Survival of the smartest in China’s crowded NEV market

Survival of the smartest in China’s crowded NEV market

(ATF) China's new energy vehicle (NEV) market is poised for growth and could soon become the world leader in the class. However, that very growth could also become one of its biggest hurdles unless the government revamps its plans. NEV sales in China in 2020 increased by a robust 10.9% …

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2020 saw highest credit default events since 2009 - what about this year?

2020 saw highest credit default events since 2009

(ATF) In times of crisis the credit default swap market springs to life. We saw this in the Great Financial Crisis of 2007-2009, the eurozone debt crisis of 2010-2012 and now the Covid-19 pandemic that started in 2020 and is still with us. Investors require a financial instrument that hedges …

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China to remain bright spot in mostly downward global oil market  

China to remain bright spot in mostly downward global oil market  

(ATF) On Sunday, one day before the members of the OPEC oil cartel and its allies met to decide whether to ramp up production in February, OPEC secretary-general Mohammad Barkindo said the outlook for oil markets for the first half of 2021 was very mixed, adding that there were still …

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After a year lost to coronavirus, 2021 already looks exhilarating 

After a year lost to coronavirus, 2021 already looks exhilarating

(ATF) After its disappearance last year, exhilaration will return in 2021. Any qualitative review of 2020, whether in human or capital markets terms, is doomed to cliché already, simply under the burden of the coronavirus as it unleashed its deadly charms. So forget 2020 and its endless dramas with which …

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How the SPAC 'bubble' can help establish pricing norms

How the SPAC 'bubble' can help establish pricing norms

(ATF) The special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) market is to me one of the major focal points going forward for a host of reasons. Why are SPACs so trendy and will this trend last for a long time? Or is this another bubble that will end in tears? It certainly …

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Singapore can be China tech’s neutral gateway to ASEAN market  

Singapore can be China tech’s neutral gateway to ASEAN market  

(ATF) Singapore, as an island nation with few natural resources and an extremely open business climate, has always been a must-go place for Southeast Asia’s top companies and startups seeking to register their businesses. With this in mind the government has stepped up its efforts over the years to ensure …

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