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Digital financial services giant Ant Group is on the cusp of pulling off the world’s biggest initial public offering and could be worth over US$500 billion in the near future, riding on the digitisation of financial services in the world’s second-largest economy.Hangzhou-headquartered Ant’s coming out parade illustrates China’s lead in digital finance.
Huachen Automotive Group Holding, the state-owned parent of BMW‘s main Chinese joint-venture partner, has defaulted on a bond payment, heightening fears about the debt-ridden carmaker’s fate.The company was not able to repay a 1 billion yuan (US$149.1 million) corporate bond paying 5.3 per cent in annual interest due on December 21, according to a Monday statement to the Shanghai Stock Exchange, but added that it was "working hard to raise money and discussing with investors to iron out the...
Lee Jae-yong has been groomed for decades to take over Samsung Group, the conglomerate founded by his grandfather and built by his father into a technology giant. Yet even after the death of Lee Kun-hee on Sunday, his only son is likely to have to wait a bit longer for his ascension.The younger Lee is in the midst of two trials over allegations he used bribery and accounting trickery to smooth his succession. While he has repeatedly denied wrongdoing, Lee faces the possibility of returning to…
You do not have to be a true believer in "Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era" to acknowledge that China’s economy is having a good pandemic.What matters to markets is that Beijing’s approach to suppressing the coronavirus has resulted in the Chinese economy rebounding even as other economies are still struggling.That economic recovery in China spells opportunity for international investors, and even more so when the mood music from Beijing seems to be...
The world’s biggest money manager is shorting the dollar on expectations that unprecedented fiscal and monetary stimulus will prolong its losses – regardless of who wins the US election.BlackRock holds a "modest" short in the US dollar against the likes of the Chinese yuan, Indian rupee and Indonesia rupiah, said Neeraj Seth, head of Asian credit in Singapore.
HSBC, the biggest of Hong Kong’s currency-issuing banks, reported a better-than-expected profit in the third quarter as it benefited from a resilient performance in its Asian operations and socked away less money for soured loans.The bank, Europe’s biggest by assets, previously said in August it may have to set aside as much as US$13 billion in provisions for future loan losses for the full year because of weakening business activity from the coronavirus pandemic.
Since the UK unveiled its new British National (Overseas) passport policy three months ago, more than 7,000 residential properties have been sold to Hongkongers alone, sources say. Engaging a trusted developer is key to a hassle-free experience.Unlike Hong Kong, where most developments are built by large developers and the quality can be assured, the UK market is tougher to assess for first-time investors. In emerging cities like Manchester and Birmingham, qualities can vary among small to…
A US appeal court on Monday rejected a Justice Department request that it allow the government to immediately ban Apple and Alphabet’s Google from offering Tencent Holding’s WeChat for download in US app stores.The three-judge panel for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals said in a brief order the government had not demonstrated it would "suffer an imminent, irreparable injury during the pendency of this appeal, which is being expedited".On Friday, a US judge in San Francisco rejected a Justice...
Sheldon Adelson’s Las Vegas Sands is exploring the sale of its casinos in Las Vegas, according to people with knowledge of the matter, a move that would mark the mogul’s exit, for now, from the US gambling industry.The world’s largest casino operator is working with an adviser to solicit interest for the Venetian Resort Las Vegas, the Palazzo and the Sands Expo Convention Centre, which together may fetch US$6 billion or more, said the people, who asked to not be identified because the talks are...
The Covid-19 pandemic has dulled investors’ appetite for choice pieces of property in Singapore even as the property market of the Southeast Asian financial hub is likely to be one of the first to recover from the global downturn.So far this year, there has been only one residential "collective sale" in Singapore.
Surveys and polls have struggled to keep up with the dramatic changes wrought by Covid-19. When it comes to the mass work-from-home experiment brought about by lockdowns and social distancing restrictions, though, clear trends emerged early on in the crisis which point to significant differences even among Western economies hit hard by the pandemic.The findings of a survey published by Morgan Stanley in July revealed that only one-third of British office workers had returned to their usual…
Landlords of premium office space in Shenzhen are having to go beyond cutting rents to lure tenants, providing customised facilities flexible arrangements to attract the fast-expanding tech firms as vacancy reached a record in the special economic zone.There was close to 2.4 million square metres of empty space – about 13 times the gross floor area of Hong Kong’s IFC towers – in Shenzhen in the third quarter, according to CBRE, while JLL said the vacancy rate stood at a record 27.8 per cent in...
On November 11 last year, online shoppers in China spent a whopping 410 billion yuan (US$60.4 billion) in 24 hours – double what Amazon generates in an entire month, according to a report by consulting firm Bain & Company on Tuesday.The annual shopping spree in China, called Singles’ Day, is the world’s largest online shopping festival and seen by many investors as a proxy for consumer spending in China as well as an important barometer for economic health.
Hong Kong’s banks and brokers are offering record margin loans of almost HK$300 billion (US$38.7 billion) for retail investors to buy into Ant Group’s IPO this week, which is on course to be the most popular offering ever in the city.HSBC, Hong Kong’s biggest bank, is ready with an IPO lending capacity of over HK$100 billion to support retail investors subscribing to the mammoth flotation, according to a statement from the lender issued on Friday.At the same time, Bright Smart Securities, the...
China’s grain traders and processing plants are suffering from a shortage of newly harvested rice as severe weather and the coronavirus pandemic have taken a hefty toll on south-central provinces, pushing up wholesale prices – a trend that is expected to last at least through the end of the year.However, the central government is guaranteeing that the rice harvest in northern provinces will be one of the best in history – large enough to prevent a sharp rise in rice prices at the consumer level...
China has been proved right in how it has dealt with the pandemic. Beijing has met the challenges head-on and flouted recession. After two successive quarters of positive growth, it looks set for a dramatic turnaround in fortunes. Success in marshalling early lockdowns and factory shutdowns, coupled with the right policy mix of tax cuts, government spending boosts and cheaper credit, has been the correct response for China’s economy. But are there lessons here for the West? This might be the…
Chinese billionaire Jack Ma’s Ant Group set the price for the Hong Kong leg of its initial public offering at HK$80 a share (US$10.32), implying it is raising roughly US$17 billion in the offshore tranche of its share sale, according to people familiar with the matter.The world’s most valuable unicorn is likely to make its hotly anticipated debut on Shanghai’s Nasdaq-styled Star Market and Hong Kong’s stock exchange on November 5, after the US election on November 3.
Amazon.com and Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries’ fight for dominance of India’s lucrative e-commerce space is turning into a face-off, with both sides battling over the assets of a supermarket chain that could be key to their wider ambitions.Ambani and Jeff Bezos, two of the world’s wealthiest men, want the stores and warehouses of Future Retail, which has penetrated Indian cities and small towns with sales of everything from grocery to fashion and electronics.

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