Danger signs for Asia
TWENTY years ago, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) was in the headlines almost every day all over Asia. 1997 was the year of the Asian financial crisis, which started in Thailand and then spread like a contagious fever across the region. The IMF, which is supposed to be the world's number...
Trump dumps Paris
For the umpteenth time this year, the news of the week has been dominated by the antics of US President Donald Trump.
Markets are ignoring serious risks, says Citigroup chief economist
FINANCIAL markets are "completely ignoring" serious downside risks to the global economy emanating from sources such as China, Brexit, the US economy and the European Union (EU), Citigroup's global chief economist Willem Buiter has said...
INDIA'S Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government were elected in a landslide in 2014 on a platform that focused overwhelmingly on economic development and good governance. A favourite election slogan was "Sabka saath, Sabka vikas". ("Together...
Mrs May's June surprise
Yet again, quite a lot to choose from: More sabre-rattling between Washington and Pyongyang as US Vice-President Mike Pence visits Tokyo and Seoul and delivers a stern message to the North Korean regime after it mounts an ostentatious display of its missile capabilities at a military parade last...
Ireland well placed to attract financial services post-Brexit: finance minister
IRELAND is well positioned to attract a range of financial services after Britain's exit from the European Union (EU), according to Irish Finance Minister Michael Noonan...
IN 2016, more than 80 million people stayed at properties listed on the accommodation sharing platform Airbnb, which has over 3 million listings in about 65,000 cities spanning 191 countries and counting.
Changing the game for SME and startup financing
The own-goals of the Trump administration continue to provide grist for the journalistic mill. The latest snafus include the sudden resignation this week of President Donald Trump's National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and the withdrawal of Mr Trump's nominee for Labor Secretary, the...
Five keywords for the future economy
THE Committee on the Future Economy (CFE) has produced a wide-ranging blueprint to guide the Singapore economy on the next phase of its journey in the brave new world of innovation and disruption. Its report sets out seven core objectives for Singapore: deepen and diversify its international...
CFE hits most of the right notes
LOOK at the age we live in. A computer can beat the world champion at chess, backgammon and Go. Cars can drive themselves. Humanoid robots can successfully counsel autistic children. Data analytics can predict the risk of diseases in entire populations. Having a job can mean performing tasks for...
A nice new-year present, but headwinds ahoy
AS we embark on 2017, the Singapore economy has just delivered a nice little new year present.
Trump sets the stage for US-China tensions
1 What do you think was the most remarkable thing that happened this week?
THE BROAD VIEW
The post-truth world of unpredictable politics
LOOKING back at the punditry that preceded the US election, one of the few forecasters who distinguished himself was Geda, a mystical monkey who hangs out at the Shiyan Lake Ecological Tourism Park in China's Hunan province...
NOT long after the US subprime crisis first hit the headlines in 2007, the venerable Swiss bank UBS found itself in a near-death situation. It had racked up losses which were eventually to total about 50 billion euros (S$76.8 billion), mostly the result of its investment banking activities in the...
Thailand's plunge into darkness
What do you think was the most remarkable thing that happened this week?
IN a biography of Jamie Dimon titled The House of Dimon, one of the stories about the Chairman, President and CEO of JPMorgan Chase is that he walks around with a folded sheet of A4 paper in his pocket.
India's new central bank governor has big shoes to fill
TWENTY five years ago, I had a colleague at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington, DC. His name was Urjit Patel. I was delighted to see that he has just been appointed governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to succeed the incumbent, Raghuram Rajan. Investors, the business...