Minutes after tycoon Ratan Tata abandoned a two-year quest to build the world’s cheapest car in West Bengal over farmer protests, he got a text message from the frontrunner to be India’s next leader: “Welcome to Gujarat.”
Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp.’s $5 billion offer for Hong Kong’s Wing Hang Bank Ltd. seems “fair on both sides,” according to Aberdeen Asset Management Plc, which owns at least 7 percent of both companies.
Hugh Young, who helps manage $70 billion in Asian equities as Singapore-based managing director of Aberdeen Asset Management Asia Ltd., comments on Oversea- Chinese Banking Corp.’s announcement that Chief Executive Officer David Conner will retire in April after a decade running the city’s second-largest lender.
Thailand’s stocks are relatively cheap with potential to climb as the political crisis that prompted the biggest selloff in five months will probably be resolved peacefully, the top Thai fund manager said.
Thailand’s earnings growth may help stocks withstand a renewal of political turmoil after a bomb attack in the capital over the weekend, said Aberdeen Asset Management Plc, which runs the best-performing Thai equity fund.
India’s stock exchanges are stepping up pressure on listed companies to improve shareholder disclosures as foreign institutional investors boost holdings in Asia’s fifth-largest equity market to an all-time high.
Ask David Conner, chief executive officer of Singapore’s Oversea-Chinese Banking Corp., what makes a world-class bank and he smiles and tells the story of how he was hired. It was April 2002, and Singapore’s banks faced a struggling economy, poor demand for credit and rising competition from foreign lenders that had just won greater access to the Singaporean market.