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  • BUSINESS

    'Sleeping elephant' awakens

    Asia focus, Narendra Kaushik, Published on 20/08/2018

    » Umesh Thakur says he has never had it so easy and comfortable. The 30-year-old lentil vendor in Greater Noida, 40 kilometres east of New Delhi, has more than doubled his profits, built a new house, opened a new shop and bought furniture, a deep-freezer and two high-end mobile phones in the last six months.

  • NEWS

    SRT set for a 'bright future' after hitting speed

    News, Om Jotikasthira, Published on 09/07/2018

    » The State Railway of Thailand (SRT), the country's main railway authority, may still be operating half-century-old trains countrywide, but acting governor Voravuth Mala believes the debt-ridden organisation is headed for "a bright future".

  • BUSINESS

    Mixed signals

    Asia focus, Nareerat Wiriyapong, Published on 13/11/2017

    » Trade and investment have been vital contributors to growth in the Asia Pacific region, where many developing economies were surging before the 2008-09 global financial crisis. Global and regional trade subsequently weakened, and while the outlook has brightened this year, clouds loom on the horizon.

  • BUSINESS

    Investors heartened by signals from Fed

    Business, Published on 31/07/2017

    » Recap: US and European stock exchanges picked up last week after the US Federal Reserve kept its interest rate at 1.25% and reaffirmed plans for a gradual tightening of its monetary policy and tapering of its balance sheet.

  • BUSINESS

    Trump comments, 'hard Brexit' talk depress stocks

    Business, Published on 23/01/2017

    » Recap: Donald Trump's comment that the US dollar was too strong and blunting the country's competitiveness rattled global stock markets last week, as did fears over the impact of a "hard Brexit" as outlined by British PM Theresa May. As well, confusion about Mr Trump's political and economic agenda made investors step back from risky assets ahead of his inauguration on Friday. The Thai stock market tracked the global trend, but the magnitude of its fall was limited.

  • BUSINESS

    Investors heartened as fed ends rate suspense

    Business, Published on 20/03/2017

    » Recap: Investors were treading cautiously ahead of last week's US Federal Reserve meeting when the US central bank raised its benchmark interest rate as expected, but their appetite improved after Chair Janet Yellen's comments suggested a more gradual pace of monetary tightening this year. The Thai stock market joined the global rally as the wild swings in trade of Group Lease (GL) eased.

  • NEWS

    Protectionist Trump 'sets bad example'

    News, Jeerawat Na Thalang, Published on 05/02/2017

    » Former Mexican president Ernesto Zedillo has criticised new US President Donald Trump's inward-looking policy for "giving a very bad example to the world".

  • BUSINESS

    One currency to link them all: the rise of the renminbi

    Asia focus, Pathom Sangwongwanich, Published on 21/11/2016

    » International use of the Chinese renminbi is expected to surge in the next five to 10 years given the need for financing by the Chinese government of infrastructure projects under its One Belt One Road (OBOR) programme, a banking executive says.

  • BUSINESS

    Set sheds another 2.2% as Asian sentiment subdued

    Business, Published on 07/12/2015

    » Recap: Asian stocks retreated last week, weighed down by negative factors including downbeat Chinese factory data, signals from Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen that an interest-rate increase this month is all but certain, and the smaller-than-expected scale of new stimulus by the European Central Bank. In Thailand, rumours in social media that the European Union (EU) had imposed sanctions against the country triggered panic selling.

  • BUSINESS

    Gains in oil and fall in Dollar lift Asian shares

    Business, Published on 20/04/2015

    » Recap: Asian stock markets, especially China, Korea, Hong Kong and Malaysia, marched upward in response to an oil price recovery and hopes that the US Federal Reserve will delay its rate increase in light of weaker US economic data. A buying spree in energy shares also pushed up the Thai stock market in the shortened week after the long Songkran holiday.

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