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China’s politics pours cold water on the once-hot Hong Kong IPO market

The collateral damage from China’s crackdown on the private sector is spreading to Hong Kong, where the IPO market has cooled after a red-hot run in the first half of the year. Firms raised a record US$27.6 billion on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKEX) from January to July. Yet from August to October, deals amounted to just over US$10 billio...

“Only Up, Never Down” Constrains Growth

The Evergrande incident has triggered a chain of financial difficulties among real estate developers. Hank Huang, President of the Taiwan Academy of Banking and Finance, believes that the financial risks due to Evergrande’s default can be discussed from three perspectives: impact on the real estate industry, finance industry, and on the next ...

Climate Change will Impact Financial Stability

In recent years, extreme droughts and floods have become more frequent, and their intensity has increased. These weather events have not only caused loss of lives and property, but also endangered the long-term stability of the financial industry. Therefore, in 2020, the Bank for International Settlements (BIS), the world’s “central ban...

The CPTPP Will Allow Taiwan to Thoroughly Reshape Itself

Taiwan’s efforts over many years to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) have finally resulted in a formal application, an important step forward. Unlike most free trade agreements (FTAs), which have inevitably faced domestic controversy, starting from the 8-year plan to enter the Trans-Pacifi...

Get Ready for a New Era of Financial Openness

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is the world’s most important regional economic integration agreement, to which Taiwan has finally submitted its application for membership. CPTPP members account for over 24% of its total international trade, but to join the agreement, countries must accept a h...

Evergrande Crisis Marks the Start of a Transformation in Economic Model

It was the government itself which originally started the fire. Its “three red lines” deleveraging policy, setting thresholds on liabilities to assets, net debt to equity, and cash to short-term debt, caused lending to Evergrande to dry up. Deleveraging has been a priority of the government for several years, and for good reason as corp...
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