Economics/Business

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Richard Li Gets a Lesson In Singapore

Singapore doesn’t normally spring to mind when democracy is under discussion but in terms of democracy for shareholders the island state has something to teach its financial center rival Hong Kong. Th... Read More...
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Premature Celebration

Most of Asia seems happy with the US election result, signaling the end of the Rumsfeld “war of terror” and a return towards the sort of bipartisanship which has generally characterized US forei... Read More...
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Living Large

For years, beginning in the late 1980s, Carmen Nuguit routinely carried three foreign currencies -- US dollars, Saudi riyals and Japanese yen  - to exchange at often-shadowy dealers in the Malate distr... Read More...
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China Makes Friends in the Gulf

As the United States has stumbled from crisis to crisis in the Middle East earning a reputation for war mongering and callousness, China has quietly but rapidly been widening and extending its links, becomi... Read More...
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Slow Surfing in India

India, generally regarded as the outsourcing bull’s-eye of the planet, is far behind China in broadband connections, according to a new report by the New York-based eMarketer Internet research agency,... Read More...
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A World Awash in Dangerous Liquidity

It should perhaps be no surprise that given that the US Treasury Secretary was until recently head of one of the world’s most highly leveraged financial institutions. Leverage is king in the world of ... Read More...
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Resurrected

Two Indonesian tycoons with massive amounts of debt have escaped bankruptcy and are flourishing again, partly as a result of government shelter and forgiveness and partly because of the convenient location ... Read More...
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Philippines: Off its sick bed?

Could the country perennially described as the sick man of Asia be reviving? Its economic vital signs are unexpectedly better than thought possible, with growth in gross domestic product that could hit 6 pe... Read More...
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To Market, To Market

Asia’s financial markets have largely shrugged off news of North Korea’s nuclear testing gambit. They just don’t appear to believe that the communist state’s latest machinations are ... Read More...