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  • 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

    Fund outflows pull down Asian stocks, SET slides

    Business, Published on 15/05/2017

    » Recap: Most Asian stock markets dipped last week as US dollar strength led to capital outflows. The Thai stock market posted its fifth straight session of losses on Friday as brokers cut earnings growth forecasts for listed companies as the first-quarter earnings season drew to a close.

  • BUSINESS

    Worries about korea and france keep trade subdued

    Business, Published on 24/04/2017

    » Recap: Global stock markets were subdued earlier last week amid concerns over mounting geopolitical tension on the Korean peninsula and Sunday's first-round presidential election in France. However, sentiment for risk assets improved later as optimism spread about US tax reform. The Thai stock market moved back and forth amid a dearth of positive catalysts.

  • BUSINESS

    Anxiety over Syria, North Korea keeps lid on stocks

    Business, Published on 18/04/2017

    » Recap: Asian stock indices were mixed last week as rising geopolitical risks from the US missile strike on Syria and soaring tensions on the Korean peninsula kept investors on edge. The same concerns lifted gold to five-month highs, while oil advanced amid confidence that Saudi Arabia will support an extension to Opec-led output cuts just as US stockpiles show signs of shrinking. The Thai stock market edged up, driven by buying in heavyweight energy stocks.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • OPINION

    Global disarray as institutions falter

    News, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Published on 17/08/2015

    » The international system as we know it is unravelling. Rules and institutions that were set up seven decades ago no longer hold the same weight and authority as they used to. As we grapple with an exacerbating global disorder, established powers and players and old rules and institutions need to be revamped and reinvented to accommodate new realities. Otherwise global tensions will mount, most probably accompanied by confrontation and conflict.

  • BUSINESS

    China slowdown threatens Thai exports

    Business, Pathom Sangwongwanich, Published on 14/07/2015

    » The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has cautioned that China's worse-than-expected economic slowdown could pose further downside risks to the already struggling Thai economy.

  • BUSINESS

    What's lurking in the shadows of China's banks?

    Asia focus, Published on 22/09/2014

    » "Shadow banking" is a surprisingly colourful term for our staid economics profession. Intended or not, it conjures up images of dark, sinister, and even shady transactions. With a name like "shadow banking" it must be bad. This is unfair. While the profession lacks a uniform definition, it involves financial intermediation that takes place outside of banks — and this can be good, bad, or otherwise.

  • LEARNING

    Burma: Hillary Clinton's historic visit

    Jon Fernquest, Published on 02/12/2011

    » Analysis of Hillary Clinton's historic visit to Burma by scholar Ernest Bower of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Singapore.

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