The top emerging stock markets over the past two years were the Philippines and Thailand. Denise Law, director of financial research at the FT’s newly launched Asean Confidential service, discusses with Long View columnist John Authers what’s driving southeast Asian stocks and what risks and opportunities lie ahead.
By any comparison, 2012 was a bumper year for new issues on the Thai stock market. Companies and property funds listing on Thailand’s bourse raised $1.8bn – the most since 2002.
With stock prices strong, investors can expect a lot more in 2013 – the Stock Exchange of Thailand forecasts that the market capitalisation of new listings will climb from Bt116bn ($4.03bn) in 2012 to Bt120bn ($4.2bn) Continue reading »
Benigno Aquino, president of the Philippines, shared his father’s words of warning earlier this week in a speech marking the 20th anniversary of the Manila exchange: “Unless you’re a big boy, don’t play in the stock market. You will only get burned.”
Clearly lots of investors in the country have chosen to ignore Aquino Sr’s advice: on Tuesday the Philippines equity index closed at a record high – its 7th in a row, and its 34th this year. But, after a romping run, some analysts are getting edgy. Continue reading »
South Korea’s stock market may be too small for the country’s increasingly globalised equity investors. Local brokerages say an increasing number of Koreans are turning their attention to foreign equities, especially technology and banking giants in the US. They seek higher returns while the local stock market remains sluggish. Continue reading »
The performance of Asian equity markets has been fairly respectable this year, in view of the many headwinds investors have experienced. Asia delivered double-digit returns in both local currency and US dollar terms, based on the MSCI Asia ex-Japan index. However, the headline return masks the divergence in terms of regional and country performance – with a big north-south divide. Continue reading »
Exchange Traded Funds are on the march in Asia and a new listing this week in Hong Kong highlights two of the main trends investors can expect to see.
Lippo Limited, the Hong Kong investment company of Indonesia’s Riady family-run Lippo Group, listed the first Hong Kong ETF focused on solely in property in greater China – the Lippo Select HK & Mainland Property ETF. Continue reading »
If you are a banker with a thin book of business in equity capital markets – which probably means most of you – try moving to Kuala Lumpur.
Bankers in KL are enjoying a boom of breathtaking proportions. About $5.5bn of money has been raised in two big ticket initial public offerings in the last three weeks alone: Felda, the Malaysian palm oil company, defied global market gloom with a $3.2bn IPO; and IHH Healthcare was priced on Tuesday at the upper end of its indicative range. Continue reading »
Flows into Asian equities, ex-Japan, have been strong this year and reversed net outflows for all of 2011. Lex’s Vincent Boland and Julia Grindell look at what’s behind the trend and any signs of overheating.
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