Monthly Archives: October 2014

Chinese Bonds – most compelling fixed income investment in the world?

According to Jan Dehn the Head of Research https://twitter.com/jandehn for Ashmore Group https://www.ashmoregroup.com, the most compelling fixed income investment in the world right now are Chinese Bonds. For two reasons I was really taken by an interview he gave in Monday’s AFR with Patrick Commins http://goo.gl/sdOkJE. Firstly, Ashmore are an exceptional Emerging Markets Asset Manager and

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Off-Shore Funds target NZ’s P2P Harmoney

Harmony, the NZ P2P lender, opened its doors in early September see http://www.ozp2plending.com/harmoney-nz-launches/. At that time it made international headlines with the announcement that it had opened with institutional investor support of over $100m.  ‎The question that followed was who were these investors, were they local funds or off-shore players? Well earlier this week, it came to

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Bitcoin Trading on the ASX?

Really Bitcoin trading on the ASX, you ask?  I am referring to the proposed new listing of a Melbourne based team called Bitcoin Group. This proposed listing caught my eye earlier in the week after reading in the SMH http://goo.gl/NZGf1j that the company is looking to list on the ASX in November hoping to raise

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A real bank alternative – SocietyOne

In August 2011, Matt and Greg Symons (no relation) co-founded Australia’s only currently active P2P lender, SocietyOne http://www.societyone.com.au. Whilst working in San Francisco, where two of the large online P2P marketplaces in the US are headquartered, Matt was exposed to P2P for the first time . He returned to Australia in 2010 and was introduced

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S&P downgrade 3 Aussie Bank Hybrids – do you understand the risks?

The rating agency S&P downgraded a number of Asian Bank Hybrids. Included within this were three Australian Banks – Macquarie, Westpac and the NAB – http://goo.gl/7ypL7t . The agency reviewed their rating criteria and notched down about 60 Asian Banks of which the three Australian Banks were included. For NAB and Westpac, their Hybrids issued before, January

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