Record low interest rates and quantitative easing is prompting bond buyers to seek alternative ways to gain credit exposure, with derivatives gaining traction as a good proxy. Danielle Myles explains why.
Low interest rates and stagnant equity markets have seen an increasing number of equity portfolios using derivatives to boost yield. Michael Marray looks at the changes in this field, as the trading of volatility as an asset class increases in popularity.
As correlations break down and hard currencies stumble, corporates have been forced to reassess their approach to foreign exchange risk. More favourable accounting treatment of options could help them achieve their longer term strategies. Danielle Myles explores why.
Vietnam is on its way to becoming a heavyweight presence in south-east Asia, with the top ranking for asset growth, while Indonesia retains its crown as the most profitable country in the region.
Asia's rapid development over the past two decades has brought the continent to the brink of becoming the world's economic powerhouse. However, its infrastructure shortfall – believed to be worth $6500bn between 2015 and 2020 – is threatening to hold the region back, unless it can scrape together the required funding to fill this gap.
The launch of the Asean Economic Community has opened up a new wave of opportunities. However, with Western banks pulling back from Asia and domestic banks all-powerful in the region's more developed markets, it may only be the Greater Mekong region that sees any discernible change to its financial landscape in the near future.
With its unresolved dispute with Saudi Arabia over the so-called 'neutral zone' rumbling on, record-low oil prices and the possibility of an Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries-imposed production freeze, Kuwait's oil industry is under pressure. Still, the country remains committed to investments in the sector.
Ahead of the 2016 Asian Development Bank annual meeting in Frankfurt, the president of the ADB discusses China’s slowdown and reform agenda while underscoring that other parts of Asia – such as India – are still growing strongly. Interview by Stefania Palma.
Kuwait's economy has come under pressure in the past year, mainly due to falling oil prices. But, with the help of healthy sovereign reserves, the country has weathered the difficulties well, and the government remains committed to its long-term development plan.