Opinion

BNM’s ‘right stand’ on lending guidelines

Bank Negara Malaysia has been forced yet again to defend its lending guidelines for home purchases against the clamour from property developers who claim ...

China’s buying spree ends badly

By CHRISTOPHER BALDING
China’s overseas acquisition streak seems to be coming to an unhappy end. Outward direct investment fell by 46% in the ...

China’s cashless revolution

By ADAM MINTER
On a recent trip to Shenzhen, in southern China, I came across a subway busker with two tip jars. The first was a cardboard box filled ...

Naked truth, naked hatred

A POSTPONEMENT, if not a ban of a ballet premiere in the world-famous Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow seems to be the No 1 cultural event in Russia today. It’s a ...

What Milton Friedman got right, and wrong, 50 years ago

by FERDINANDO GIUGLIANO
Paradigm shifts do not come often in economics. From Adam Smith to John Maynard Keynes, there is only a handful of ...

Japan may cripple its casinos

By DAVID BONNET
When Japan’s Parliament legalised casino gambling last year, it created a wave of excitement among casino operators and institutional ...

How did Thailand fare in 1H17?

By Fundsupermart Research Team
Thailand’s equity market, as represented by the benchmark SET Index, slid into the red in the second-quarter of 2017 ...

India’s states will pay for giving in to populism

by MIHIR SHARMA
Things only seem to get worse for India’s farmers. They’d barely recovered from two years of drought when they were hit by the ...

Hamburg G-20 Summit highlights global political rifts

EVEN by the usual standards of Group of 20 (G-20) Summits, the Hamburg G-20 Summit had limited substance to show for the protracted high level dialogue. ...

Why China may never democratise

by TYLER COWEN
Will China ever become democratic? That question has been a staple of geopolitical discussion since the 1990s, and at times many ...

Asia’s financial crisis still has 5 things to teach us now

By MOHAMED A EL-ERIAN
Twenty years ago, I was working at the International Monetary Fund in Washington that would scramble — like almost everyone else ...

Trump’s riffing on clash of civilisations

By PANKAJ MISHRA
Donald Trump “postponed” his summer trip to London for fear of meeting with large-scale protests in a city whose mayor he has ...