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  • 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.

  • BUSINESS

    Thailand as Asean logistics hub

    Business, Chris Catto-Smith, Published on 10/08/2016

    » Thailand's central location in mainland Southeast Asia, bordering Malaysia, Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos, as well as access to the Mekong River and a coastline along the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea, offers logistics opportunities that few other Asean countries can compete with.

  • BUSINESS

    Banks urged to cash in on CLMV growth

    Business, Pathom Sangwongwanich, Published on 13/06/2016

    » Thai banks have more room to penetrate neighbouring countries' banking sectors, with ample opportunities for loan growth and risk diversification, says an executive specialising in principal investments.

  • WORLD

    Cambodia calling

    Asia focus, Umesh Pandey, Published on 14/09/2015

    » As Thai companies start to see their sales tapering off amid slow domestic consumption, some are reaping the benefits of earlier decisions to enter markets where the risks at times have spooked other investors aware of their chequered history.

  • BUSINESS

    The property sector in the digital age

    Asia focus, Published on 01/08/2016

    » Technology has brought about disruption that has forced many businesses to change to ensure their survival and growth. Digital platforms are revolutionising the way business is done in some sectors. This has introduced new buzzwords to the world, such as AdTech, FinTech, HealthTech, and now in the property sector we have PropTech for property technology. PropTech aims to reduce paper-based processes and provide ancillary services across sectors, leading an inevitable wave of change.

  • BUSINESS

    Stocks climb as prospects for fed rate hike recede

    Business, Published on 06/06/2016

    » Recap: Global stock markets rose last week as investors now believe the US Federal Reserve will not raise interest rates until July at the earliest, given concerns about the market impact of the June 23 UK referendum on EU membership. Poor US job figures for May also weakened the case for a rate hike. A recovery in oil prices also lifted sentiment. Thai shares advanced on buying of energy and bank blue chips.

  • BUSINESS

    SSI to finish rehab plan by August

    Business, Somruedi Banchongduang, Published on 28/03/2016

    » The business rehabilitation plan for Sahaviriya Steel Industries Plc (SSI) is expected to be completed by August, one of its bank creditors has said. Among the crucial elements of the programme are a debt-to-equity swap and a new strategic partner.

  • BUSINESS

    For Thai banks, partnerships expand reach at low risk

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

    » As global banking giants go on a slimming spree and regional banks in Asean say their size is appropriate, banks in Thailand are likely to continue their current strategy of servicing customers via partnerships and opening branches in some neighbouring countries.

  • BUSINESS

    Labour shortages leave Thailand's growth stuck in the starting gate

    Asia focus, Published on 06/04/2015

    » A growing labour undersupply has been of the factors behind Thailand's sub-par economic growth. A nationwide survey of companies in six key sectors by SCB Economic Intelligence Center last year found that at least half had trouble filling vacancies within a three-month search.

  • BUSINESS

    Owe what a feeling

    Asia focus, Tanyatorn Tongwaranan, Published on 09/03/2015

    » The rapid accumulation of household debt seen in Asia over the past five years has triggered concerns about the prospect of a financial crisis similar to the one in 2007 caused by the bursting of the housing bubble in the United States.

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