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Declining engagement in FX Options among Asian businesses

March 24, 2021

SINGAPORE -- Small and mid-sized businesses in Asia are turning away from FX Options as uncertainty from the coronavirus pandemic fuels volatility in major currency pairs, latest research from East & Partners Asia reveals. Just one in three (33%) businesses in the region now use FX Options to mitigate currency risk, slipping 11% from a year ago, while Forward FX adoption reaches a record high of 4%.

Faster global growth to boost Asia’s recovery: S&P

March 24, 2021

SINGAPORE -- Asia-Pacific's economic recovery from COVID-19 will be boosted by U.S. stimulus and stronger global demand, despite the COVID vaccine rollout in the region perhaps lagging other parts of the world, says global ratings agency Standard and Poors. S&P Global Ratings expects enough progress with the vaccine to lift consumer spending and domestic demand later in 2021.

Steel sector over-supply could persist: ANZ

March 25, 2021

BEIJING -- Further capacity reductions in the steel sector as suggested by a policy consultation proposal released in December 2020 is under consideration in China. In a research report, ANZ Bank says many regard the policy as a way to reduce steel production. However, ANZ believes represents a critical policy shift from quantity to quality control. "The potential impact of this is under-estimated," it says. 

India to enjoy a strong cyclical rebound in 2021 but with structural challenges:Natixis

February 5, 2021

NEW DELHI -- India's economy fell sharply by -9.3% in the first three quarters of 2020 due to a pre-emptive strict lockdown in Q2 2020 to contain COVID-19. Excessive dependency on services, sharp supply constraints and limited manufacturing exports did not provide respite, according to the financial services group, Natixis.

APAC Corporate and infrastructure entities facing growing credit differentiation In 2021: S&P

February 9, 2021

SINGAPORE - A report released today by global ratings agency Standard and Poor's discusses the pace at which the corporate sector in China, Japan, Indonesia, India, and Australia and New Zealand is likely to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The report includes a list of credit trends on the radar of S&P Global Ratings analysts in 2021, including demand recovery, funding conditions, and financial discipline.

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