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  1. beyondbrics

    April 16, 2014

    The "Fragile Middle" - Your Guide to the FT Series

    We at the FT have this week been running a series on the “Fragile Middle”, defined as some 2.8bn middle class people in...

  2. beyondbrics

    April 15, 2014

    Indonesia's fragile middle: close to the edge

    Management consultants at McKinsey say the Indonesian middle class consists of 45m people, while their rivals at Boston...

  1. April 13, 2014

    Slowdown puts 1bn middle class at risk

    Almost a billion people in the developing world are at risk of slipping out of the ranks of a nascent middle class,...

  2. beyondbrics

    April 10, 2014

    Mongolia’s investor relations: a job for Genghis Khan?

    It was only an April Fool’s day joke – but when an Ulaanbaatar website suggested that Mongolia go on a Genghis Khan-style...

  3. April 9, 2014

    Rising inequality is a blemish on Asia’s growth story

    Deng Xiaoping said: “Let some people get rich first.” He was referring to China but it turns out he could have been talking...

  4. FT Photo Diary

    April 2, 2014

    Heads of hair

    AP A woman lines up mannequin heads on a shelf at a company making fashion wigs for export, in Jimo city in east China‘s...

  5. March 14, 2014

    Daimler sells first renminbi bond in China

    Daimler has sold a Rmb500m “panda” bond to Chinese investors, the German company announced on Friday, making it the first...

  6. January 2, 2014

    Bhutan hoping for happiness with hydropower

    By the middle of 2014, the stately yellow, black and white Great Hornbills that live in the forest along the Dagachhu – a...

  7. The World

    November 13, 2013

    The economic cost of Typhoon Haiyan

    A house by Tacloban airport (Getty) By Amie Tsang and Luisa Frey The Philippines is no stranger to natural disasters. But in...

  8. beyondbrics

    October 4, 2013

    World Bank cuts Indonesia growth forecast

    The World Bank has followed the International Monetary Fund’s lead by slashing its economic growth forecasts for Indonesia...

  9. beyondbrics

    October 3, 2013

    Moody's: Philippines makes the grade

    Moody’s Investors Service on Thursday lifted the Philippines’ credit score one notch from Ba1 to Baa3, becoming the third...

  10. beyondbrics

    October 2, 2013

    ADB: crunching the China effect on emerging Asia

    Or, when China sneezes… China can’t go on growing at over 7 or 8 per cent forever. But as the world’s second biggest economy...

  11. beyondbrics

    September 17, 2013

    ADB president: EMs can sort themselves out

    Will the respite that emerging market currencies have enjoyed in recent weeks evaporate once the US Federal Reserve starts...

  12. August 26, 2013

    An appetite for stronger boards

    In the third century BC, Kautilya, a political adviser in the capital of the Mauryan Empire and the pioneer of political...

  13. beyondbrics

    July 16, 2013

    ADB: three months is a long time

    Snap! The Asian Development Bank has followed the IMF in nudging down its numbers for developing Asia. Both institutions...

  14. beyondbrics

    June 21, 2013

    Guest post: the quest for better ways to measure economic development

    By Vinod Thomas of the Asian Development Bank Indicators of country performance have received a great deal of attention...

  15. May 22, 2013

    Asian debt: Beware of bubbles

    Gresik is a small industrial town of fewer than 100,000 people, just to the north of Indonesia’s second-largest city,...

  16. beyondbrics

    April 26, 2013

    Ashmore sets up shop in Jakarta

    Ashmore Group, the London-based emerging markets specialist fund manager, is pushing to get ahead in the race to manage the...

  17. April 26, 2013

    Japan’s Takehiko Nakao elected Asian Development Bank president

    MANILA, April 26 – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) said on Friday its board of governors had unanimously elected Takehiko...

  18. beyondbrics

    April 24, 2013

    Noble borrows ADB's rating to borrow Thai baht

    When is a BBB- borrower actually a AA+? No, this isn’t financial trickery of the kind made famous in the US subprime fiasco...

  19. March 21, 2013

    Kuroda reiterates pledge on deflation

    Haruhiko Kuroda, the new governor of the Bank of Japan, used his inaugural news conference on Thursday after taking up the...

  20. beyondbrics

    March 19, 2013

    East Asian debt markets: just swell?

    The 2000 dotcom crash brought the ultra-low interest rates that fed the US housing boom. After that blew up, the even looser...

  21. March 18, 2013

    Philippines aims to borrow less overseas

    The Philippines’ finance minister said the country would borrow less from overseas investors as the Asian Development Bank...

  22. FT Alphaville

    March 13, 2013

    Japan's DPJ not so sure about Iwata... and possibly Kuroda, too

    Excitement about an imminently more pro-active BoJ might take a bit of a tumble on this news out of Tokyo late yesterday....

  23. March 11, 2013

    BoJ board member at odds with Kuroda

    Koji Ishida, a board member at the Bank of Japan, has described the bank’s 2 per cent inflation target as “very high”, in a...

  24. March 8, 2013

    Revised Japan GDP shows moderate recovery

    TOKYO, March 8 – Japan’s economy stabilised in the fourth quarter after two quarters of a shallow recession, revised data...

  25. FT Alphaville

    March 7, 2013

    The 6am Cut London

    “Most Asian indices were lower, with the regional benchmark index snapping two days of gains, led by Samsung Electronics and...

  26. FT Alphaville

    March 4, 2013

    Has the time for BoJ talk passed?

    Haruhiko Kuroda, the government’s nominee for Bank of Japan governor, said some stuff today. Such as this (our emphasis): “I...

  27. FT Alphaville

    March 4, 2013

    The 6am Cut London

    Asian shares were mostly lower with Chinese developers leading the decline on reports of new property market tightening...

  28. March 4, 2013

    Kuroda vows to take swift action at BoJ

    Haruhiko Kuroda, the Bank of Japan’s newly nominated governor, has told parliament he will take whatever measures necessary...

  29. February 28, 2013

    Bankers fear Chinese push to head ADB

    It has long been convention that an American heads the World Bank, a European runs the IMF and a Japanese sits atop the...

  30. February 28, 2013

    Japan’s chance to end its long stagnation

    The nomination of Haruhiko Kuroda to be governor of the Bank of Japan shows that there is no letup in the surprising...

  31. FT Alphaville

    February 28, 2013

    Kuroda's BoJ nomination is go

    As was widely tipped early this week, Asian Development Bank president Haruhiko Kuroda has been nominated for Bank of Japan...

  32. FT Alphaville

    February 28, 2013

    The 6am Cut London

    Kuroda’s BoJ nomination confirmed: Haruhiko Kuroda, president of the Asian Development Bank, has been confirmed as the...

  33. February 28, 2013

    Abe nominates Kuroda to run BoJ

    Haruhiko Kuroda, president of the Asian Development Bank, has been confirmed as the government’s choice to become the next...

  34. FT Alphaville

    February 25, 2013

    The (early) Lunch Wrap

    Good morning, New York… FT ALPHAVILLE Elections in Cyprus: Nicos Anastasiades, the leader of Cyprus’s centre-right party,...

  35. FT Alphaville

    February 25, 2013

    Kuroda! The BoJ's goldilocks

    This Monday edition of rising Japanese equities/weak yen is brought to you by Haruhiko Kuroda, president of the Asian...

  36. FT Alphaville

    February 25, 2013

    The 6am Cut London

    Asian markets rose on reports about the Bank of Japan’s leadership, but regional gains were capped by a fall in the Chinese...

  37. February 25, 2013

    Global sell-off on fears of Italian instability

    Monday 22:15 GMT. Global stock markets sold off, with the S&P 500 recording its biggest one-day drop since November as...

  38. February 24, 2013

    Kuroda emerges as BoJ frontrunner

    Haruhiko Kuroda, president of the Asian Development Bank, emerged at the weekend as the frontrunner to win the government’s...

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