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  • OPINION

    Belt and Road: Just a vast mess?

    News, David Fickling, Published on 10/01/2019

    » Is China's Belt and Road Initiative a bold infrastructure vision, or a slush fund? The question is becoming more pressing.

  • OPINION

    Christmas gifts and economic logic

    News, Megan McArdle, Published on 26/12/2016

    » Spend much time with economists around this time of year, and you will, eventually, get around to hearing about the dreadful inefficiency of exchanging gifts. You desperately wrack your brains for something, and then buy a supply of scented bath oil for someone who has only got a shower; they return the favour by giving you three books you already had. This is, an economist will solemnly point out, an extreme waste of resources, because each of you would have been happier taking the same amount of cash to buy something for yourself.

  • OPINION

    The cashless society is just another creepy fantasy

    News, Elaine Ou, Published on 21/10/2016

    » It's fun to imagine a world without cash.

  • BUSINESS

    The future is cashless

    Asia focus, Published on 01/06/2015

    » In a country still plagued by corruption, going cashless is one way to reduce risk. Indonesia's largest bank, Bank Mandiri, is setting an example by using technology to encourage people to use less cash for daily transactions.

  • BUSINESS

    Asia stocks surge on ECB move

    Published on 23/01/2015

    » HONG KONG — Asian equity markets rallied Friday after the European Central Bank (ECB) announced a huge cash injection to kickstart the eurozone economy, while crude prices surged on news the monarch of oil kingpin Saudi Arabia had died.

  • OPINION

    Authoritarian cryptocurrencies are on the march

    News, Leonid Bershidsky, Published on 18/10/2017

    » With Russia and China both embracing the idea of sovereign cryptocurrencies, it's time to ask a simple question: Why is a technology threatening to decentralise money so attractive to highly centralised, authoritarian regimes?

  • OPINION

    Cape Town may soon run out of water

    News, Mihir Sharma, Published on 25/01/2018

    » April 22, Earth Day, might have a bit of extra significance this year. It might be the day that, for the first time, a great world city runs out of water.

  • BUSINESS

    Money mess

    Asia focus, Narendra Kaushik, Published on 05/12/2016

    » Saurabh Goyal is facing the worst time of his life. The director of BD Green Homes, a New Delhi real estate company, he has not made a single property deal since the government launched its surprise demonetisation campaign.

  • 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.

  • BUSINESS

    Asian equities dip as Fed signals imminent rate hike

    Business, Published on 27/02/2017

    » Recap: While the Dow Jones set fresh records before slipping on Friday, Asian stock markets retreated as investors reassessed the minutes of the Federal Reserve's last policy meeting, which kept the prospect of a March interest-rate increase in play. The Thai stock market tracked regional bourses in muted trade.

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