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  • NEWS

    Rising baht puts BoT on its toes

    Business, Published on 25/04/2017

    » Nervousness that the US Treasury will add Thailand to its list of countries to be monitored for currency market manipulations could compel the Bank of Thailand to hold off from intervening in the foreign exchange market and seek other measures to curb the baht's rapid gain. The central bank's tapering of its short-dated bond sales has had a small impact in stemming the influx of capital, a main reason for the appreciation of the baht.

  • NEWS

    Ringgit slumps most in Asia

    Published on 26/08/2015

    » Malaysia’s ringgit sank to a 17-year low on Wednesday as concern about the finances of a state investment firm at the heart of a political scandal worsened the outlook for an economy rocked by plunging oil prices and an emerging-market selloff.

  • BUSINESS

    Good neighbours

    Asia focus, Erich Parpart, Published on 27/03/2017

    » Exports from Thailand and Malaysia will continue to grow thanks to the rapid economic expansion driving demand in the CLMV (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam) countries and weak currencies, while economic recovery in both countries will continue to support bilateral trade, say experts.

  • OPINION

    US discovers SE Asia

    News, Editorial, Published on 24/04/2017

    » One hundred days into the Donald Trump presidency, the United States has realised there is a part of the world it ignored. Vice-President Mike Pence has been in Indonesia, praising its "moderate" Muslims. Mr Trump will attend all three big East Asia summits in November. He also will make official visits to Vietnam and the Philippines. They are the hosts of the summits of the Association of Southeast Asian nations (Asean), the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec), and East Asia.

  • BUSINESS

    Syria and Trump-Xi talks keep investors on sidelines

    Business, Published on 10/04/2017

    » Recap: Markets were rattled late last week after US cruise missiles struck a Syrian air base, while global investors moved to the sidelines pending the outcome of talks between US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Safe-haven assets such as the yen and gold soared and oil prices also surged. The formal promulgation of the country's 20th constitution, ensuring an election sometime late next year, helped keep the Thai stock market in a rangebound trade.

  • NEWS

    The golden land that lit the path to ancient empires

    Spectrum, Paritta Wangkiat, Published on 09/04/2017

    » A first look around reveals a landscape that is dry and sparsely vegetated, with few houses around. There is little evidence that visibly betrays the fact that where we're standing is on the remains of an ancient trade and culture centre in the upper Gulf of Thailand.

  • BUSINESS

    Mixed economic signals keep Asian shares drifting

    Business, Published on 03/04/2017

    » Recap: Asian investors continued to tread cautiously last week amid mixed economic signals. Better-than-expected US economic growth data and solid industrial output readings from China and Japan bolstered sentiment, but a hawkish view on interest rates by some US Federal Reserve governors and uncertainty about President Donald Trump's tax reforms and spending plans after his healthcare fiasco pressured stocks. In Thailand a buying spree by foreign investors helped boost the index but profit-taking capped gains.

  • NEWS

    Bitten by the bitcoin bug

    Spectrum, Published on 19/03/2017

    » Atit Lertkiatpanit does not carry bundles of banknotes, but his wealth is assured by his digital wallet. The 26-year-old entrepreneur is an active cryptocurrency investor. He remains unfazed by the fact that bitcoins are not recognised by the Bank of Thailand. He started collecting bitcoins a couple of years ago and the intangible currency now accounts for 70% of his portfolio.

  • OPINION

    An 'uber' opportunity

    News, Postbag, Published on 13/03/2017

    » Re: "Dept plans Uber meeting over legality" (BP, March 11).

  • BUSINESS

    Equities wobble, Oil and gold slump as fed move draws near

    Business, Published on 13/03/2017

    » Recap: The near-certainty of a US Federal Reserve interest-rate increase this week prompted capital flight across Asia last week. With the US dollar strengthening, gold briefly fell below $1,200 an ounce in its worst week in four months, and oil also suffered a sharp sell-off.

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