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  1. September 21, 2014

    Barings cautious about Singapore and Malaysia

    Soo Hai Lim, Barings’ Asian equities manager, is cautious about topping up his exposure to Singapore and Malaysia due to...

  2. September 8, 2014

    Asean chiefs fear rising protectionism

    The chief executives of some of the biggest companies in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) have warned that...

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  1. beyondbrics

    September 4, 2014

    Why is India losing the competitiveness race?

    India emerges from the latest World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report as the sickest member of the BRICs. It is...

  2. beyondbrics

    September 3, 2014

    Malaysia says investors misjudge its debt woes

    Critics who slam Malaysia for spending beyond its means in racking up a level of household indebtedness that surpasses the...

  3. beyondbrics

    August 21, 2014

    Legal hodge-podge frustrates Asean harmonisation

    Of all the colonial legacies left by Britain, France and the Netherlands in Asia, one of the least talked-about – yet...

  4. August 10, 2014

    China says South China Sea tension exaggerated

    China rejected calls from the US and the Philippines for countries to refrain from “provocative actions” that would raise...

  5. August 5, 2014

    Thai unrest knocks GM off course in Asean

    General Motors said it was “struggling” in southeast Asia as the recent political upheaval in Thailand knocked sales,...

  6. July 28, 2014

    Cambodia: Wave of discontent

    At 29 years and counting, Hun Sen’s lengthy spell as leader of Cambodia ranks alongside only a handful of other fiercely...

  7. July 21, 2014

    Asean: Long on optimism

    When online travel search company Skyscanner wanted to expand in Asia, its management decided not to try China first, even...

  8. beyondbrics

    July 17, 2014

    Guest post: Thai consumer sentiment skyrockets since coup

    By Dan Gallucci, Asean Confidential General Prayuth Chan-ocha, leader of the May 22 coup d’état that returned Thailand yet...

  9. July 13, 2014

    Analysts query logic of Malaysia three-way bank merger

    Malaysia’s sleepy banking scene is not known for delivering surprises. But news last week that the country’s second-largest...

  10. July 10, 2014

    Malaysia raises interest rates as inflation causes concern

    Malaysia’s central bank has raised key interest rates for the first time in three years amid signs inflation is rising...

  11. beyondbrics

    July 10, 2014

    Opinion: a summit of Brics without straw

    If you’re an emerging market and there’s a geoeconomic grouping you’re looking for, you’ve got a few to choose from. In Asia...

  12. July 9, 2014

    Dipak Jain heads to Thailand to become dean for a third time

    Dipak Jain, former dean of Insead and the Kellogg school at Northwestern University, has been appointed dean of the Sasin...

  13. July 3, 2014

    Nazir steps down as chief of Malaysian bank CIMB

    Nazir Razak, one of the most prominent bankers in southeast Asia, is stepping down as chief executive of CIMB after 15 years...

  14. beyondbrics

    July 2, 2014

    Growth in Asean: in the shadow of China

    Najib Razak, Malaysia’s prime minister, is so pleased that his country’s currency, the ringgit, is at its strongest level...

  15. July 1, 2014

    Philippine exchange prepares for trading upgrade

    The Philippine Stock Exchange, one of the fastest growing bourses in southeast Asia, has agreed to buy a new trading system...

  16. June 23, 2014

    Southeast Asia offers bank profit surprise

    It sounds like a killer pub quiz question: which part of the world has the most profitable banks? Answer: southeast Asia,...

  17. June 10, 2014

    Singapore banks ramp up to offer local service to multinationals

    Singapore’s three biggest banks are ramping up hiring to capture a surge in demand from western multinationals wanting to...

  18. May 30, 2014

    Abe says Japan will support nations in disputes with China

    Shinzo Abe, Japanese prime minister, said that his country would play a bigger role in ensuring peace in Asia by providing...

  19. beyondbrics

    May 30, 2014

    Guest post: tinge of economic optimism after Thai coup

    Dan Gallucci, Asean ConfidentialWhatever progress toward a stable democracy Thailand has lost with the military’s ouster of...

  20. beyondbrics

    May 29, 2014

    Guest post: Cambodia's delicate diplomatic balance

    By Gavin Bowring, Asean Confidential It might seem odd to think of Cambodia as a haven of political stability. Labour...

  21. May 22, 2014

    Vietnam considers taking China to court over territorial dispute

    Vietnam is considering taking China to international court to resolve an increasingly dangerous dispute over contested...

  22. beyondbrics

    May 12, 2014

    Guest post: the secrets of Pakistan's economic upsurge

    By Gavin Bowring, Asean Confidential It’s rare to hear of Pakistan as Asia’s best performing stock market. But over the last...

  23. May 11, 2014

    Vietnam allows anti-China protests over oil rig

    HANOI, Vietnam (AP) – Vietnam allowed several hundred demonstrators to stage a noisy rally outside the Chinese Embassy in...

  24. beyondbrics

    May 7, 2014

    Guest post: how will China's regional development bank work?

    By Gavin Bowring of Asean Confidential in Astana, Kazakhstan One of the biggest talking points on the sidelines of the...

  25. May 1, 2014

    South Korean exports leap to 15-month high

    South Korean exports rose 9 per cent in April from a year earlier – the highest figure for 15 months – as strong sales to...

  26. April 24, 2014

    Opposition leader warns Thailand could erupt into violence

    Both sides in Thailand’s political crisis must back down from a “showdown in May” that many fear will turn violent and...

  27. beyondbrics

    April 17, 2014

    Guest post: China's investment to shape Asean's destiny

    By Gavin Bowring, Asean Confidential China’s two-way trade with the 10 nations of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations...

  28. March 30, 2014

    Political risks are Baring down on Asean frontiers

    Baring Asset Management’s Soo Hai Lim is facing up to looming political risks within his Asean Frontiers fund. The $515m...

  29. beyondbrics

    March 23, 2014

    The week ahead, March 24-28

    It’s international conference season with meetings on Asian investment, Asean economies, African oil refining, small states...

  30. beyondbrics

    March 5, 2014

    Asean overtakes China in FDI

    Southeast Asian markets have been a far better bet than China in the past few years for portfolio investors. Now the region...

  31. March 4, 2014

    High-end hoodies unmask reality of Asean’s ‘promise’

    If you are a garment manufacturer and want to sell your upmarket hooded sweatshirt in Indonesia, you are probably on to a...

  32. beyondbrics

    February 26, 2014

    SE Asia: Costa Coffee's next big hope

    Brewed coffee may not be an obvious market in southeast Asia, a region with a strong tea-drinking culture thanks to the...

  33. February 18, 2014

    Fidessa boosts Singapore presence

    Fidessa, the UK trading technology company, has added a third collocation centre in Asia with an agreement to set up its...

  34. February 17, 2014

    John Kerry warns on threat to Asian stability

    John Kerry, US secretary of state, warned on Monday that the future stability of the Asia-Pacific region will depend on...

  35. January 28, 2014

    Local banks lend a hand to Asia’s ‘mid-corporate’ trailblazers

    In an unabashedly seasonal marketing pitch Osim, a Singapore-based maker of electronic massage chairs, is luring weary...

  36. January 20, 2014

    Australia’s Asian tilt is a mere wish list

    Tectonic forces are edging Australia towards Asia, and so is the economy, according to a 2012 government paper called...

  37. beyondbrics

    January 12, 2014

    The week ahead: Jan 12-17

    The week ahead in emerging markets: Bangkok rally, China’s Q4 GDP, Egypt referendum on the new constitution and several...

  38. January 8, 2014

    Thailand: Collision course

    Nitithorn Lamlua stalks his Bangkok base camp just over the fence from the offices of the prime minister he loathes, his...

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