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    When gravity shifts: The rise of CLMV

    Business, Tientip Subhanij, Published on 25/01/2013

    » As the year begins, the world is still struggling towards recovery. Despite better conditions in financial markets, many high-income economies remain fragile. The World Bank has just cut the global growth forecast for this year from 3% to 2.4%, a slight improvement on 2.3% in 2012.

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    Bangkok: A dream city at last?

    Business, Tientip Subhanij, Published on 22/02/2013

    » As we await the exciting Bangkok governor election on March 3, I have a dream that Bangkok will be full of trees and parks and have good public transport. I have a dream it will take me only 30 minutes (instead of one hour) to go to work and that I will have a choice not to drive to work.

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    Climate change for the currency market

    Business, Tientip Subhanij, Published on 29/03/2013

    » Currency movement is something I have been watching rather attentively this year. The baht has already appreciated about 4% since January, trading around 29.30 to the US dollar yesterday. I cannot help thinking how far we have come from the point when the baht was worth much less _ 50 to the dollar and 90 to the pound in early 1998.

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    Happy songkran means happy tourism

    Business, Tientip Subhanij, Published on 26/04/2013

    » The international New Year often catches me by surprise. There are just too many things to do at year-end and not enough time to think about the New Year, let alone making a proper New Year's resolution. The Thai New Year, however, is a totally different story. With a long weekend and few social activities, I can usually plan better for myself and others.

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    Getting the right job for you

    Business, Tientip Subhanij, Published on 31/05/2013

    » Around this time of the year, new graduates are looking for their first job. Despite the high rate of employment in Thailand, choosing a career is still not an easy task. For a start, opinions vary. Many people (mostly your friends) will tell you to follow your heart or do what you love. But this is easier said than done, as you will often be distracted by another group (mostly parents and older relatives) who will tell you to consider job security, a company's reputation or other employment benefits.

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    Japan is back for the last gamble

    Business, Tientip Subhanij, Published on 28/06/2013

    » It is hard not to talk about Japan these days, considering how much cheaper the yen has become. Since the start of the year, the yen has dropped about 12% against the US dollar after reaching as low as 103 yen to the dollar last month. Despite gaining some strength in recent weeks, over the past year the yen has already lost more than a fifth of its value against the dollar, currently trading at about 97.

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    The forgotten element of thailand's growth

    Business, Tientip Subhanij, Published on 26/07/2013

    » These days I believe I am not the only one who thinks the Thai economy is slowing down. Many agencies, both public and private, have all revised down their growth forecasts for the country. Following disappointing first-quarter gross domestic product (GDP) performance, most forecasts now call for full-year growth of just over 4% compared with 5% predicted earlier. Second-quarter official GDP figures scheduled to be released next month will also likely be lower than expected.

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    Globalisation at a crossroads

    Business, Tientip Subhanij, Published on 30/08/2013

    » We began 2013 on an optimistic note about our economic performance, hoping this year would be one of strong growth. But as time passes, this seems increasingly unlikely.

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    The race for retirement

    Business, Tientip Subhanij, Published on 27/09/2013

    » September is the last working month for a lot of people. After several decades of full-time work, this should really be a month to celebrate. Sadly, a lot of retirees I know are just retiring rather than reaching financial independence.

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    Some thoughts that will keep you up at night

    Business, Tientip Subhanij, Published on 25/10/2013

    » This Halloween the worst may be over for the world in general, but many people are still worried about economic conditions. In fact, the latest World Economic Outlook from the International Monetary Fund pointed to the rather spooky state of the global economy. It expects growth to expand by only 2.9% this year and 3.6% in 2014 _ down by 0.3 and 0.2 points respectively compared to the predictions it made just three months ago.

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