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    Challenging years until the next elections

    Business, Tientip Subhanij, Published on 30/11/2012

    » Life is full of challenges and we do not know what lies ahead. The next four years may be a long time for a lot of people, and a lot of things could change. But four years may not be long for the re-elected President Barack Obama, given the fragile recovery of the US economy.

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    When gravity shifts: The rise of CLMV

    Business, Tientip Subhanij, Published on 25/01/2013

    » As the year begins, the world is still struggling towards recovery. Despite better conditions in financial markets, many high-income economies remain fragile. The World Bank has just cut the global growth forecast for this year from 3% to 2.4%, a slight improvement on 2.3% in 2012.

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    Secular stagnation and endless protests

    Business, Tientip Subhanij, Published on 29/11/2013

    » Once again, it has been a terrible month for Thai politics. Tension is building up everywhere. After the conflict over a wide-ranging amnesty bill that would have eased former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra's return to the country, even greater opposition mounted over the Constitution Court ruling on the charter amendment bill. One thing led to another. Now tens of thousands of protesters have gathered for massive anti- and pro-government rallies, the biggest we have seen in three years.

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    Thai democracy: The end or the beginning?

    Business, Tientip Subhanij, Published on 30/05/2014

    » A lot of things have happened this month. For a start, I am one year older and, hopefully, happier. I also finally got started on doing many things I had long wanted to do but kept putting off. On a broader level, the Thai economy is doing even worse than expected — it contracted by 0.6% in the first quarter from a year earlier. More surprising was last week’s swift coup, transformed so quickly from a state of nationwide martial law.

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    What a collapsing oil price could mean in 2015

    Business, Tientip Subhanij, Published on 29/12/2014

    » Although I did not put up a Christmas tree this year, somehow I feel more festive than ever. My family has been seeing a lot of relatives lately and we are travelling to beaches and mountains to be together during this holiday season.

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    What makes a happy country?

    Business, Tientip Subhanij, Published on 31/03/2017

    » Happiness is a state of mind. It can also be a place. So where do happy people live? The UN answered this question in its World Happiness Report released last week to celebrate the International Day of Happiness on March 20. The report has been around since 2012, thanks to Bhutan's initiating the launch of an international focus on happiness.

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    Mid-year economic outlook: Growing with a bubble?

    Business, Tientip Subhanij, Published on 30/06/2017

    » For the first time in several years, the World Bank has not adjusted its global growth forecast downward, even though there are signs of new risks. It foresees the world economy recording solid growth of 2.7% this year, improving to 2.9% in 2018 and 2019 -- thanks to the improving performance of large emerging economies such as China, India and Russia and a recovery in world trade after two bad years.

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