Jonathan Rogers graduated from Oxford University in 1986 where he read Politics, Philosophy and Economics. That year he joined Nomura International , attending the company’s graduate trainee programme at Nomura Securities’ headquarters in Tokyo. He worked as an institutional bond salesman for Nomura in London for five years, covering central banks and institutions in Scandinavia. He subsequently worked on the institutional sales desk at Long Term Credit Bank of Japan in London before moving on to the derivatives and structured note desk at First National Bank of Chicago in London. Jonathan joined IFR Asia in 2003 as syndicated loans editor and subsequently became debt capital markets editor in 2005. He is currently IFR Asia’s chief analyst, credit.
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Taiwan has long perplexed as a geopolitical entity. Regarded as a renegade province by China, 110 miles to its north-west, and ripe for repatriation to the mainland in the latter’s view, the country is a potential tinderbox.
Indonesia’s fortunes from a credit perspective have brightened recently, with spreads on its offshore curve tightening considerably amid a wave of demand from investors in the Reg S/144A market and, perhaps most tellingly, in the Samurai market. A positive ratings trajectory helps explain the story of the credit’s resurgence.
If the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank had not existed, it might have been necessary to invent it. That sounds glib, but there can be no doubt that the AIIB presents a welcome shot in the arm for Asia’s infrastructure sector.