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    For Those Who Want It All, It's Home Swiss Home

    Business, Tientip Subhanij, Published on 28/03/2014

    » In this column, I would like to talk about a country that is small and open just like Thailand, but somehow seems to be happier and more peaceful — Switzerland.

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    2014 markets: Don't worry, but don't be too happy

    Business, Tientip Subhanij, Published on 31/01/2014

    » Happy Chinese New Year! The start of a year usually brings hope and optimism into our lives. For the global economy, the Year of the Horse promises to be a better year despite the recent currency crisis in emerging markets. Many of the challenges we faced have either abated or have been overcome.

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    A long walk to unity: Some leadership lessons

    Business, Tientip Subhanij, Published on 27/12/2013

    » Initially, I wanted to write about something fun and happy this month. After all, this is probably one of the best times of the year _ many holidays and great weather. But given what is going on right now, it is hard to remain cheerful. Although the current political crisis is nothing new and I have already got used to blocked traffic, it is still upsetting to see Bangkok streets overrun with mobs every few years.

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    Secular stagnation and endless protests

    Business, Tientip Subhanij, Published on 29/11/2013

    » Once again, it has been a terrible month for Thai politics. Tension is building up everywhere. After the conflict over a wide-ranging amnesty bill that would have eased former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra's return to the country, even greater opposition mounted over the Constitution Court ruling on the charter amendment bill. One thing led to another. Now tens of thousands of protesters have gathered for massive anti- and pro-government rallies, the biggest we have seen in three years.

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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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    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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    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 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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    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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    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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