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  • 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

    Hawkish fed tone rattles asia, But only briefly

    Business, Published on 19/12/2016

    » Recap: Hawkish signals from the US Federal Reserve of a faster pace of policy tightening next year weighed on Asian stock markets last week. Most recovered late in the week after investors concluded the reaction had been overdone. Anticipation of a year-end spending spree by consumers lured by tax breaks kept the Thai bourse steady.

  • BUSINESS

    Chinese share plunge and fed keep traders on edge

    Business, Published on 03/08/2015

    » Recap: Another plunge in Chinese stocks and a growing belief that the US will start raising interest rates in September pushed down global bourses before a recovery late in the week. Asian currencies also sank against the greenback with the Thai baht slipping below 35 to a 14-year low. The SET fell close to 1,400 before a rally led by buying of blue chips that had become bargains.

  • BUSINESS

    Share investors tread cautiously ahead of Fed meeting

    Business, Published on 24/07/2017

    » Recap: Most global stock markets moved sideways last week as investors kept an eye on the US interest rate outlook ahead of a Federal Reserve meeting this week, though most observers do not expect any move until September.

  • BUSINESS

    BoT tightens belt on consumer loans

    Business, Published on 30/06/2017

    » The Bank of Thailand is set to announce tighter regulations governing unsecured loans next month as part of its effort to discourage consumers, particularly low-income earners, from accumulating further debt.

  • BUSINESS

    US politics dent sentiment but energy shares lift set

    Business, Published on 22/05/2017

    » Recap: Asian stock markets retreated in response to a ballooning political crisis in Washington, with reports that President Donald Trump tried to interfere with an investigation into his campaign's links with Russia before firing his FBI chief. The Thai stock market outperformed a bit as buying in heavyweight energy stocks offset a selling spree in banks expected to be hurt by lending rate cuts.

  • THAILAND

    What happened to my dead brother?

    Spectrum, Published on 27/11/2016

    » James Hughes was found dead in a Hua Hin hotel room on Sept 6 after having disappeared on Aug 5. He was 58 and his cause of death was given as "circulatory failure". But when brother David Hughes received an autopsy report a month later, he was convinced that something major was being covered up.

  • BUSINESS

    Fighting cyberthieves

    Business, Somruedi Banchongduang, Published on 03/10/2016

    » Sending money and paying utility bills used to require a trip down to the bank during office hours. Today, thanks to smartphones and tablets, those same tasks can be done anytime and anywhere through websites or mobile financial apps.

  • BUSINESS

    Staying in shape

    Asia focus, Umesh Pandey, Published on 01/06/2015

    » Asian banks remain healthy and have managed to avoid the ongoing problems faced by some multinationals that have been divesting assets left, right and centre, say some of the region's top finance executives.

  • BUSINESS

    Bank worries depress set as global stocks advance

    Business, Published on 20/07/2015

    » Recap: Most global stock markets climbed last week after Greek MPs approved austerity measures in exchange for a new bailout, and China's second-quarter economic growth beat forecasts. The Thai market, however, struggled as investors weighed the prospect of higher loan-loss provisions taking a bite out of banks' second-quarter earnings.

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