China’s solar industry: a fine state of affairs

March 31, 2012

2011 was a rough year for China’s solar power manufacturing industry and has been seen to come home to roost in the recent round of 4th quarter result announcements. Gerry O’Kane has been sifting the figures and looking at developments in the solar market to asses their prospects. March saw a flurry of news...

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Active Strategies – currency hedging that delivers smarter risk management

March 2, 2012
Active Strategies – currency hedging that delivers smarter risk management

Currency Investor, Active currency management is getting a new breath of life. As global economies lurch towards stagnation and the thermometer of equity markets moves erratically, reflecting the hot and cold attitudes of investors, there is a growing realisation that poor currency management can hit a portfolio’s bottom line and badly. Gerry O’Kane canvasses...

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Performance analytics – helping to bring transparency to the FX pricing process

February 24, 2012

Currency Investor For years, many professional currency practitioners have seen trustees’ and investment managers’ eyes glaze over when asked two questions: how much they paid for the currency management component of their securities trading and how transparent the cost was to them. The same people would probably have completely dozed off had practitioners asked...

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FBI investigates reverse merger advisors

February 6, 2012
FBI investigates reverse merger advisors

CleanBiz.Asia, February 06, 2012 Problems for Chinese companies which listed on the US exchanges through reverse mergers, many of which are in the clean tech sector, are set to get worse. The Federal Bureau of Investigation has begun an investigation into the New York Global Group, which is known as taking Chinese companies public...

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China CleanTech Index dropped 48 percent in 2011

January 17, 2012
China CleanTech Index dropped 48 percent in 2011

CleanBiz.Asia, January 17, 2011 By: Gerry O’Kane While recent share news saw some of China’s solar companies making gains in recent days, the China CleanTech Index lost 48 percent of its value during 2011. The terrible performance was reflected in monthly December loss of 9.4 percent, compared with a 0.2 percent loss for the...

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Burma’s intriguing power game beckons clean biz investors

January 13, 2012

Follow the Money CleanBiz.Asia, January 13th, 2012 Gerry O’Kane There is an intriguing fight developing between clean and renewable business and non-green industries in Burma. In a very public announcement – to reporters in Rangoon – the minister for electricity Khin Maung Soe halted the construction of a Thai-backed coal-fired power station. It comes...

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China should be encouraged away from cleantech espionage

January 4, 2012

Follow the Money CleanBiz.Asia, January 4th, 2012 In all the rush and stupor of the Festive Season there were a couple of intriguing stories that didn’t get the notice they deserved. Amidst what US-observers describe as a bleak outlook surrounding federal clean energy policy, it seems there was a victory for those supporting US/China...

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Cleantech IPOs sweat but private equity could come up trumps

December 13, 2011
Cleantech IPOs sweat but private equity could come up trumps

Follow the Money December 13th, 2011 Gerry O’Kane The cleantech business must be worrying what the news of Haitong Securities pulling its USD1.7 billion Hong Kong initial public offering (IPO) on the grounds of poor market conditions, will do to their prospects.Guodian Technology and Environment Group, a maker of wind equipment, will price its...

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China’s battle with water pollution is up-hill all the way

As the debate over revisions to China’s Environmental Law rumbles on, new incidents of groundwater and river pollution pour out of the Chinese media...

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China’s energy strategy will make waves for years to come

Follow the money, CleanBiz.Asia The economic turmoil of the financial crash saw China being feted as a white knight with drawbridges being lowered to...

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Currency Management: Minding the pennies and cents

Investment and Pensions Europe (IPE): 1 Nov 2012 01 Nov 2012 Pension funds are learning that currency costs need to be managed, writes Gerry...

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Forget the world as we knew it

Follow the Money, CleanBiz.Asia It was like an elephant in the corner of the room. Hurricane Sandy came roaring through the Northeast United States,...

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Hong Kong-listed logging company continues global rape

CleanBiz.Asia Malaysian logging group Samling, has been accused of using illegal logging permits to give it access to pristine forests in Liberia. The case...

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