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IF WE cannot resume economic activity without causing a resurgence of Covid-19 infections, we face a grim, unpredictable future of opening and closing schools and businesses.

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WHEN President Xi Jinping was first informed of the looming threat posed by the emerging Covid-19 in Wuhan, probably towards the end of 2019, one of his chief concerns was that China would be...

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THE 2008 financial crisis furnished markets with a painful lesson in 'Minsky moments', when asset prices collapse following a prolonged period of reckless speculative activity.

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WHY aren't companies owned by the people who work for those companies? It seems like a natural way to organise a business. Americans are used to the standard set-up: outside shareholders elect a...

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SINGAPORE has had a lot of criticism about its fairness of government since independence. The "liberal" West has harped on about a one-party state and suppression of opposition to government...

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MY FIRST article for The Business Times was back in the 1990s when I bemoaned the fact that Singapore Airlines had announced that you would be able to access e-mail on their flights. Was no place...

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WHILE almost everyone in Washington is glued to impeachment developments, Europe has been quietly drifting towards a recession. This is bad news for Christine Lagarde, the former head of the...

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MARK Zuckerberg is one of the world's richest men and he runs one of the world's most important companies. But last week, the Facebook boss made an unusually unpleasant discovery. Someone had...

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THE verdict of history is that the trade war that's now raging between the United States and China will lead to no good - with consequences that could go well beyond trade and threaten the world's...

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EVEN before record rainfalls and super-typhoons hit much of East Asia last year, the cost of natural disasters in the region was soaring. A UN report found that from 2007 to 2016 the damage from...