THE BROAD VIEW

Can China beat US in the financial cold war?

CHIPS, Chats, and Swift. They refer to the machinery of international finance that gives America extraordinary leverage. Like so much else, they're also weapons in the coming cold war between China and the US. The People's Republic resents Washington's dominance over global payments and wants...

COMMENTARY

Can Ambani take on Tencent, Huawei and Xiaomi?

WITH the US$28 billion he's raised working from home, India's richest man wants to step into the breach created by the technology cold war between America and China. The two Silicon Valley tech giants that gave him a third of the money will help put him there.

Can Ambani take on Tencent, Huawei and Xiaomi?

[HONG KONG] With the US$28 billion he's raised working from home, India's richest man wants to step into the breach created by the technology cold war between America and China. The two Silicon Valley tech giants that gave him a third of the money will help put him there.

Singapore landlords need a post-Covid remake

[HONG KONG] Every third dollar changing hands on Singapore Exchange is because of someone buying or selling units in a real estate investment trust (Reit). But has the city's Reit mania gone a bit too far?

OPINION

India can use Yes Bank debacle to chase China in crypto

CONFIDENCE in the Indian financial system has been breaking down for some time. Instead of trying to restore trust, it may be time to require less of it - with the help of an official rupee cryptocurrency.

Can Singapore save the world from sinking?

[SINGAPORE] Nearly a third of the global financial centre of Singapore sits less than five metres above sea level. If global warming continues unabated, an area as large as 3,400 football fields in the centre of the small city-state could be inundated by 2100, flooding the vital business...

SoftBank's Masa and his bankers grab a shared ride

[HONG KONG] Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc (MUFG) is investing more than US$700 million in South-east Asian ride-hailing giant Grab. It's a three-way deal in which everyone gets what they currently lack.

COMMENTARY

Say goodbye to banking as we know it

SO is China readying its own Bitcoin? Banish the thought. It's far bigger than that. Yes, just like any other cryptocurrency - or for that matter, cigarettes in prisoners-of-war camps - the upcoming digital yuan will be "tokenised" money. But the similarity ends there. The crypto yuan, which may...

Say goodbye to banking as we know it

[HONG KONG] So is China readying its own Bitcoin? Banish the thought.

Singapore keeps building until the buyers come

[HONG KONG] You'll build and they'll come? Well, don't bet on it.

COMMENTARY

India must clean up or clear out dodgy brokers

ANY attempt at sweeping out a corner of India's financial system means bringing investors face to face with creepy crawlies. Disagreeable as the task is, it's also necessary.

India must clean up or clear out dodgy brokers

[HONG KONG] Any attempt at sweeping out a corner of India's financial system means bringing investors face to face with creepy crawlies. Disagreeable as the task is, it's also necessary.

OPINION

Libra retreat would bring joy and relief to Asia

FACEBOOK Inc's idea of a global cryptocurrency may get demoted to something more humble. You can almost hear a collective sigh of relief from Asian central banks.

COMMENTARY

DBS must bulk up or lose fintech turf in S-E Asia

SOUTH-EAST Asia's largest lender happens to be its most tech-savvy. Why then is Singapore's DBS Group Holdings Ltd missing out on some of the region's hottest deals in digital banking?

DBS must bulk up or lose fintech turf in South-east Asia

SOUTH-EAST Asia's largest lender happens to be its most tech-savvy. Why then is Singapore's DBS Group Holdings Ltd missing out on some of the region's hottest deals in digital banking?

OPINION

This tiny bank is a canary in India's coalmine

JUST when you think banks in India can't possibly deliver any more bad news, a near US$1 billion scandal drops without warning.The alleged wrongdoing at Punjab & Maharashtra Co-operative Bank (PMC Bank) differs from previous Indian banking scams in that savers are on the hook this time...