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Asia’s A-List Stock Markets Likely To Heat Up Again

It’s been a tough start to the year for Asian stock markets — regardless of the disaster-driven tumult in Japan — with the trends that drove many of them higher last year turning against them.

Sluggish market counts cost of Casino Effect

Have punters shifted stakes to the gaming tables?

S-chip concerns must be addressed

Last week’s news that China Gaoxian’s auditors have had difficulty verifying some of the company’s accounts takes the total number of China stocks listed here - or S-chips as they are popularly known - to have reported accounting or governance issues to three so far in 2011 and 10 since 2009.

SGX needs better regulatory regime for foreign firms

Given the worrying frequency of such unusual price and volume movements before the announcement of bad news in a number of recent cases, there is a significant risk that our supposedly robust regulatory regime governing insider trading will be called into question.

Yet another S-chip bites audit dust

Auditors of China Gaoxian unable to verify bank balances at its China units

China Gaoxian scandal evokes chilling parallels

Similarities with FerroChina scandal in 2008 a scary reminder to stay vigilant

Another S-chip suspended over accounts

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The shares of another Singapore-listed Chinese firm have been suspended over concerns about its bank balances.

SGX sends S-chips a friendly reminder, raises legal reps issue

Amid rising concerns over recent accounting issues at S-chips, Singapore Exchange (SGX) has sent out reminders to audit committees (ACs) this week to implement proper controls to safeguard cash and other assets.

Markets spiral downward as threat of radiation rises

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Fears of a nuclear crisis in Japan hammered stock markets around the world yesterday, rapidly turning relative calmness the day before into full-blown panic.

Mainland firms leave bad taste in the Big Apple

Chinese IPOs have long proven popular in New York, where investors desperate to diversify their holdings out of the moribund US economy queue up to grab a slice of the mainland’s rapid economic growth.

Clarity needed on capital gains tax

The statement that Singapore does not have a capital gains tax is always followed by a string of caveats.

Asset flows shift back to developed markets

MSCI’s developed market stock index up 3.2%, emerging market index is negative

China ‘to face financial crisis in five years’

Only 7% of 1,000 people polled expect good times to last

To uproot or to plant? Emerging markets beckon

Is it time to pull money from emerging markets or to pile back in? From the recent torrent of money fleeing the emerging markets, the first option would seem like a no-brainer, yet there are signs that the stampede might be reversing direction.

Japan Quake's Financial Impact

Patience could be key to capital upside

So the best way to approach the market? Take a backseat for a while and observe. Diligence in picking stocks with sound fundamentals and patience could perhaps be key to capital upside in the year to come.

Ex-bank owner Agus Anwar declared bankrupt

Prominent former bank owner Agus Anwar was yesterday declared bankrupt by the High Court.

Misleading statements end with jail sentence

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In the harshest sentence ever meted out to an independent director for making a false and misleading statement in Singapore, Airocean’s former independent director Peter Madhavan was yesterday sentenced to four months’ jail.

Enforce level playing field before suspension

All the recent debate surrounding the trading suspensions of China stocks Hongwei Technologies and China Hongxing and how best to accommodate the interests of small shareholders should not divert attention from an equally important point raised by a BT reader earlier this week: the need to investigate the sharp price falls suffered by both counters in the run-up to their suspensions.

Fugitive China Forestry CEO arrested in Guizhou

China Forestry Holdings says its former chief executive, Li Hanchun, was arrested last week in Guizhou province for allegedly embezzling 30 million yuan (HK$35.5 million).

Investors left out in the cold

Observers suggest trading be allowed but with restrictions in place

Provide small investors a way out of suspended companies

Should small investors be left holding the proverbial baby for a seeming eternity when a company’s stock is suspended following the discovery of some irregularities?

SEC probing Macau operations of LVS

US regulators are investigating Las Vegas Sands Corp (LVS), the parent of Marina Bay Sands (MBS), for its Macau operations’ compliance with the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the company disclosed in an annual report.

Research reports would benefit from better disclosure

Last week’s collapse in the shares of popular commodities stock Olam International was widely attributed to a ‘sell’ issued by a foreign broker, with the issuing analyst then coming under fire for allegedly not being wholly familiar with the complexities of Olam’s business and accounting practices.