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Signatories to the Paris climate agreement must revisit and strengthen the pledges they made in COP26 for the world to reach the target net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
17 Jan 2022
Taiwan’s alignment with international sustainability norms make it attractive debt capital raising venue
14 Jan 2022
Initiative aims to provide investors with pricing benchmark, risk management tool
14 Jan 2022
Malaysian investors able to access US$35.3 trillion global sustainable asset market
13 Jan 2022
While ESG investing has yet to become mainstream in China, the country’s green initiatives, especially its pledge to reach carbon emissions peak by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2060, have helped the concept to gain traction. Excluding money market funds, total ESG mutual fund and exchange-traded fund (ETF) saw AUM more than triple in 2020 to reach US$28.5 billion, while net inflows reached US$10.5 billion.
12 Jan 2022
Asia-Pacific insurance gap high compared with rest of world, greater insurance density a plus
12 Jan 2022
Climate pledge gains ground as asset managers, owners commit assets to action
10 Jan 2022
Green fintechs are becoming key players in ESG investing, buoyed by digital technology, decentralization, thematic investing, and investor demand.
10 Jan 2022
The winners of The Asset Triple A Country Awards 2021 for North Asia.
7 Jan 2022
While the conventional wisdom is that the next financial crash will come from the collapse of the cryptocurrency bubble, climate finance may pose a more serious risk. Mounting evidence suggests that green lending is displaying all the pathologies associated with financial manias
7 Jan 2022
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TechTalk
Changes to trade and industry in the wake the pandemic and climate change, particularly rising labour costs and supply chain disruptions, are pushing many disruptive technologies such as robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), electric mobility, and blockchain to forefront and creating new investment opportunities in 2022.
19 Jan 2022
French digital asset service provider aims to be Europe’s first crypto bank
19 Jan 2022
London-headquartered fintech firm Railsbank is expanding its presence in Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia and Australia to support the growing demand for “embedded finance” in the Asia-Pacific region.
18 Jan 2022
David Lewis, former FATF secretary, has extensive anti-money laundering experience
18 Jan 2022
Fintech leads country’s alternative lending sector, focuses on underbanked individuals, MSMEs
17 Jan 2022
China’s central bank has issued a development plan for the fintech sector for 2022 to 2025, providing guidance, targets, key tasks, and support for the financial industry’s digital transformation.
14 Jan 2022
Industry, public stakeholders views invited on its ‘risk-based, pragmatic, agile regulatory regime’
13 Jan 2022
Digital finance took centre stage at Hong Kong’s annual Asian Financial Forum as speakers discussed how economies and companies are using technology to adapt to the ever-changing circumstances around the Covid-19 pandemic.
12 Jan 2022
The Asset speaks with Andrew Shirley, the editor of Frank Knight's The Wealth Report, on the 2022 outlook for passion investments such as classic cars, art and wine, and the market for digital art.
10 Jan 2022
Green fintechs are becoming key players in ESG investing, buoyed by digital technology, decentralization, thematic investing, and investor demand.
10 Jan 2022
E-commerce aggregator Rainforest aims to acquire more brands in Asia after raised US$20 million in its latest funding round.
7 Jan 2022
Treasury & Capital Markets
It’s time for the bond market’s voluntary guidelines to be phased out. They are no longer fit for purpose. We need proper rules with deterrents and sanctions.
17 Jan 2022
Credit Suisse Group chairman António Horta-Osório has resigned following an investigation commissioned by its board of directors, the bank announced today (January 17). He is replaced by Axel P. Lehmann, whose appointment is effective immediately.
17 Jan 2022
Citi China has established clearing and settlement services for the new Beijing Stock Exchange to support trading under the qualified foreign institutional investor (QFII) programme.
14 Jan 2022
Singapore's United Overseas Bank (UOB) has agreed to acquire Citigroup’s consumer banking businesses in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.
14 Jan 2022
China’s central bank has issued a development plan for the fintech sector for 2022 to 2025, providing guidance, targets, key tasks, and support for the financial industry’s digital transformation.
14 Jan 2022
Tien Phong Commercial Joint Stock Bank (TPBank) has secured a US$25 million loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to expand access to funding for women-owned-and-led small and medium-sized enterprises in Vietnam. The project is also co-financed with another US$25 million by DEG, the German government’s investment corporation.
12 Jan 2022
Digital finance took centre stage at Hong Kong’s annual Asian Financial Forum as speakers discussed how economies and companies are using technology to adapt to the ever-changing circumstances around the Covid-19 pandemic.
12 Jan 2022
Baltic Exchange and TradeFlow Capital Management complete a pilot escrow transaction involving a shipment of agricultural commodities from India to China.
10 Jan 2022
Wealth
Environmental, social and governance (ESG) considerations are becoming increasingly important for wealthy families in Asia, and they are looking into new technologies to ensure that their investments and business practices generate positive impact on society and the environment.
19 Jan 2022
GLP announces final close of its flagship Japan logistics development strategy GLP Japan Development Partners IV (GLP JDP IV), with 412 billion yen (US$3.7 billion) of total commitments
19 Jan 2022
Singapore-headquartered healthcare investment firm Quadria Capital announced on January 18 the completion of its US$90 million investment in Con Cung, Vietnam’s largest and fastest-growing mom and baby retail network.
19 Jan 2022
Assets invested in exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and exchange-traded products (ETPs) in the United States reached a record high of US$7.21 trillion in 2021, up 31.9% from US$5.47 trillion at the end of 2020, ETFGi says. Net inflows also recorded a record high of US$919.78 billion for the year, beating the prior record of US$490.19 billion in 2020.
18 Jan 2022
Vietnamese conglomerate TTC Group, digital financing platform Validus, and investment fund Do Ventures have formed a joint venture to drive financial inclusion and the growth of small and medium-scale enterprises (SMEs) in Vietnam.
14 Jan 2022
Index provider MSCI has announced various senior leadership changes, effective immediately.
14 Jan 2022
The year 2022 will be pivotal for active exchange-traded funds (ETFs) as industry participants believe that active ETF opportunity – more so than the strategic beta or passive one – is currently the most significant.
13 Jan 2022
Standard Chartered Bank (Hong Kong) (SCBHK) has agreed to acquire RBC Investor Services Trust Hong Kong, allowing it to expand into the MPF and ORSO schemes trusteeship business in the city.
13 Jan 2022
Regulatory reforms and credit defaults in the property sector are pushing Chinese trust companies to look for new ways to survive in the harsh business environment.
12 Jan 2022
PineBridge Investments appoints Nicolas Kopitsis as head of wealth management for Asia.
12 Jan 2022
While ESG investing has yet to become mainstream in China, the country’s green initiatives, especially its pledge to reach carbon emissions peak by 2030 and carbon neutrality by 2060, have helped the concept to gain traction. Excluding money market funds, total ESG mutual fund and exchange-traded fund (ETF) saw AUM more than triple in 2020 to reach US$28.5 billion, while net inflows reached US$10.5 billion.
12 Jan 2022
Asia Connect
Vietnamese conglomerate T&T Group has teamed up with Hanwha Energy, Kogas and Kospo to develop an LNG and power complex in Vietnam. Meanwhile, Japan Petroleum Exploration has joined a project to build an LNG receiving terminal in the Southeast Asian nation.
19 Jan 2022
BOC Aviation took delivery of 52 aircraft and sold 26 owned and managed aircraft in 2021, ending the year with a total fleet of 521 aircraft.
19 Jan 2022
Azerbaijan's Ministry of Energy and Saudi developer Acwa Power held a groundbreaking ceremony in Baku on January 14 for a 240-megawatt wind power plant in the Azerbaijan’s Absheron and Khizi districts.
19 Jan 2022
Russian gas company Novatek signs long-term sale and purchase agreements with ENN Natural Gas and Zhejiang Energy units for liquefied natural gas produced from the Arctic LNG 2 project.
19 Jan 2022
Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (Taqa) and Emirates Water and Electricity Company (EWEC) have priced green bonds amounting to US$700.8 million, the proceeds of which will be used refinance the Noor Abu Dhabi facility, the world’s largest single-site solar photovoltaic plant, in Abu Dhabi.
19 Jan 2022
Spanish renewables giant Iberdrola has secured an agreement that gives it an option to enter five offshore wind projects in the Philippines at very early stages of development.
14 Jan 2022
Construction has been progressing on the Agra Metro Mass Rapid Transit System in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, after the European Investment Bank (EIB) formally signed off on a €450 million (US$510.4 million) loan for the project in December.
12 Jan 2022
PT Lotte Chemical Indonesia (LCI), a subsidiary of Kuala Lumpur-based Lotte Chemical Titan Holding Berhad, has signed the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts for an integrated petrochemical facility in Indonesia.
12 Jan 2022
Norway's Hoegh LNG Holdings has signed an agreement for a 10-year floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) charter with Terminal de Regaseificacao de GNL de Sao Paulo (TSRP).
12 Jan 2022
South Korean construction company DL E&C has signed a contract for designing and procuring equipment for a major gas and chemical plant in Russia. The contract, signed with the Russian Baltic Complex Project, is valued at 1.6 trillion won (US$1.33 billion).
12 Jan 2022
Adani Green Energy Ltd (AGEL) has signed an agreement with Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) to supply 4,667 megawatts of green power.
5 Jan 2022
On The Move
David Lewis, former FATF secretary, has extensive anti-money laundering experience
18 Jan 2022
Stella Choe has wealth of banking and finance experience
18 Jan 2022
Marco Montanari has 20 years of experience in the industry
17 Jan 2022
Credit Suisse Group chairman António Horta-Osório has resigned following an investigation commissioned by its board of directors, the bank announced today (January 17). He is replaced by Axel P. Lehmann, whose appointment is effective immediately.
17 Jan 2022
Index provider MSCI has announced various senior leadership changes, effective immediately.
14 Jan 2022
PineBridge Investments appoints Nicolas Kopitsis as head of wealth management for Asia.
12 Jan 2022
Union Bancaire Privée (UBP) has appointed Robert Phua as head of wealth planning for South Asia.
10 Jan 2022
Deutsche Bank has appointed Mathew Kathayanat as Asia-Pacific head of securities services product management.
7 Jan 2022
Industry veteran Sophia Chong will oversee international trade fairs and digital business
5 Jan 2022
PGIM Real Estate says it has further strengthened its commitment to environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing with the addition of Julie Townsend as ESG lead for Europe and Asia-Pacific. Based in London, she will report to Christina Hill, global head of ESG and head of Americas asset management.
5 Jan 2022
Hong Kong Exchanges and Clearing (HKEX) has appointed Kerry Rooks as its chief people officer, effective January 10. She will be responsible for the group’s human resources function.
4 Jan 2022