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Thai corporates healthiest, Vietnam sees biggest increase in investment

April 24, 2017

HONG KONG - ASEAN corporate health is sound thanks to low leverage and healthy revenue generation, despite heavy reliance on short-term funding and high interest rates, according to the latest Natixis ASEAN Corporate Monitor, which covers about 1,200 listed non-financial institutions in the region and compares them with a similar universe globally.

Premier Li says China must expand imports of high-quality goods

April 24, 2017

BEIJING – China’s Premier, Li Keqiang, has called for greater balance in foreign trade through both promoting exports and importing more high-quality goods. Li said China must expand exports as well as imports of high-tech products and other high-quality goods that give consumers more choice and stimulate domestic companies to produce better products and services.

China economy back to same old investment story: ANZ

April 18, 2017

HONG KONG – ANZ Bank says the Chinese economy has returned to the investment driven growth model in recent months, with fixed asset investment (FAI) data soared 9.2% ytd y/y in March against market expectations of 8.8%. Of total FAI, 21% was derived from the property sector. “However, the headline GDP data still needs to be interpreted with caution,” says ANZ.