Economics/Business

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Slow Surfing in India

India, generally regarded as the outsourcing bull’s-eye of the planet, is far behind China in broadband connections, according to a new report by the New York-based eMarketer Internet research agency,... Read More...
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A World Awash in Dangerous Liquidity

It should perhaps be no surprise that given that the US Treasury Secretary was until recently head of one of the world’s most highly leveraged financial institutions. Leverage is king in the world of ... Read More...
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Resurrected

Two Indonesian tycoons with massive amounts of debt have escaped bankruptcy and are flourishing again, partly as a result of government shelter and forgiveness and partly because of the convenient location ... Read More...
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Philippines: Off its sick bed?

Could the country perennially described as the sick man of Asia be reviving? Its economic vital signs are unexpectedly better than thought possible, with growth in gross domestic product that could hit 6 pe... Read More...
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To Market, To Market

Asia’s financial markets have largely shrugged off news of North Korea’s nuclear testing gambit. They just don’t appear to believe that the communist state’s latest machinations are ... Read More...
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No Setting Sun

It has long been an article of faith among economists and government planners that a declining population means an eventual decline in the prestige, power and influence of a nation. From Singapore to most... Read More...
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Thaksin Isn’t the Only Loser

No one was killed in last week’s coup in Thailand, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was ousted easily, and although the baht and stock exchange wobbled slightly, the military junta has gone out of it... Read More...
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Indonesia’s gusher of gas, mud and graft

On May 28 at 10 a.m., something terrible went wrong deep inside Banjar Panji I.  There, 1,800 meters into the exploratory gas well being drilled near the Surabaya satellite town of Sidoarjo, about 900 km... Read More...
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Time to Invest in Thailand?

In yet another demonstration that markets don’t give a fig one way or another about democracy, the Stock Exchange of Thailand closed Thursday night at 694.72, just 7.84 points, or hardly more than 1 p... Read More...