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With the Chinese government recently announcing a swathe of economic reforms, it remains to be seen whether bureaucracy is turning off foreign investors

China must open its doors to rest of world

With the Chinese government recently announcing a swathe of economic reforms, it remains to be seen whether bureaucracy is turning off foreign investors

The latest economic reforms announced at China’s most recent Third Plenum were broad and had far-reaching consequences for the world’s second-largest economy. Even top Chinese politician Yu Zhengsheng admitted that the reforms were “unprecedented”...

In a move to hedge against falling commodity prices, the world’s biggest resource company is looking to sell off non-core assets

BHP Billiton considers $19bn sell-off

In a move to hedge against falling commodity prices, the world’s biggest resource company is looking to sell off non-core assets

The global resources company, BHP Billiton, is considering a further overhaul of its portfolio in order to focus on five key commodities. This follows a media report suggesting that BHP is considering an AUS$20bn ($19bn) spin off of less-profitable assets...

Asia’s richest man calls off IPO of AS Watson and agrees to sell stake to Singapore’s Temasek Holdings

Hutchison Whampoa owner to sell retail stake, forgoing IPO

Asia’s richest man calls off IPO of AS Watson and agrees to sell stake to Singapore’s Temasek Holdings

A plan by investment group Hutchison Whampoa to publicly list retail business AS Watson has been halted after its owner struck a deal with Singapore’s Temasek Holdings for almost $6bn. The announcement saw shares in the Hong Kong-based investment firm d...

World Finance interviews Nancy McKinstry, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of Wolters Kluwer, on what it takes to break into the Chinese market

Nancy McKinstry on breaking into China | Video

World Finance interviews Nancy McKinstry, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of Wolters Kluwer, on what it takes to break into the Chinese market

Nancy McKinstry, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board for Wolters Kluwer, discusses how her company has accelerated itself in China, how regulating and government mandating in the country is affecting businesses, and what other leaders need to do to br...

Yet another emerging market has had to cut interest rates as several Asian economies continue to bleed

A clash that’s losing cash: Thai economy slows down

Yet another emerging market has had to cut interest rates as several Asian economies continue to bleed

Thailand has cut a key interest rate for the first time this year in order to bolster its economy after political unrest and on-going outflows from emerging markets have curbed local demand and hurt tourism. The Bank of Thailand cut its one-day bond re...

Political conflict in Thailand has seriously harmed the country's economic prospects, with foreign investment rapidly drying up.  It is estimated that projects worth as much as $15bn have halted due to the political situation

Thai investment down the plughole as conflict ensues

Political conflict in Thailand has seriously harmed the country’s economic prospects, with foreign investment rapidly drying up. It is estimated that projects worth as much as $15bn have halted due to the political situation

The seemingly continuous political turmoil in Thailand is seriously harming the country’s ability to attract foreign investment into a series of major projects. In particular, investors from Japan have begun to look elsewhere, as protests against the cu...

India’s PM Manmohan Singh to retire after elections

India’s Prime Minister will not lead remain in charge after a decade of much promise but disappointing progress

As the country prepares to head to the polls, India’s incumbent Prime Minister, the 81-year-old Manmohan Singh, announced on January 2 that regardless of the outcome of the election he would not be in charge of the Congress party. Speaking at a press...

LR Global: Frontier markets provide opportunities

LR Global prides itself on its ability to tackle so-called ‘frontier markets’, providing reliable investment opportunities in countries that might not yet be on investors’ radars

Though there has been much discussion of emerging Asian economies recently, one in particular has been growing steadily over last 10 years, yet has flown somewhat under investors’ radars. Bangladesh “is probably one of the most unexplored countries by...

Japan bounces back in first quarter

Japan’s economy experienced more growth in the first quarter of 2013 than originally anticipated, according to a report by the Cabinet Office

The fresh data indicated the Japanese economy grew by 4.1 percent in the first three months of the year – well ahead of its 3.5 percent preliminary forecast. The country’s real GDP also grew by one percent, and the IMF is now predicting Japan’s econ...

India partially lifts mining ban

Supreme Court lifts ban on mining for iron, but bauxite is still a no-go

Mining for bauxite remains banned in Orissa, eastern India, in hills considered sacred by the local population. But the Indian Supreme Court has lifted the ban on mining for iron ore in the region after a public consultation on whether the mining was impa...

The Indian economy has faltered in recent years, as international investors remain sceptical of the country’s potential. Can a series of reforms jump-start growth and entice much-needed capital into the country?

Asia’s wounded tiger

The Indian economy has faltered in recent years, as international investors remain sceptical of the country’s potential. Can a series of reforms jump-start growth and entice much-needed capital into the country?

Generally considered second only to China as the economy to watch going into the 21st century, India has long offered huge potential but little tangible evidence of becoming an economic powerhouse. Since government policies during the 1990s liberalised th...

The international community should focus on balance and sustainability. That’s the message we can expect from the World Expo 2020, if it is staged in Ayutthaya

Thai hopes to redefine globalisation

The international community should focus on balance and sustainability. That’s the message we can expect from the World Expo 2020, if it is staged in Ayutthaya

Ayutthaya, the chosen site for Thailand’s bid for World Expo 2020, is a city of balance. For over 400 years, Ayutthaya, the capital city of Thailand at the time, was a thriving commercial port and a diplomatic crossroad, where Thailand first welcomed vi...

India on course for economic stability

With rapid growth in India over the last decade, building the infrastructure is seen as vital in order to cement the country’s place as a …

With rapid growth in India over the last decade, building the infrastructure is seen as vital in order to cement the country’s place as a thriving destination for global business. Although much of India’s financial business is done in Mumbai, Delhi an...

Former ‘tiger economy’ embraces global markets

Malaysia is fast becoming a gateway for investors in southeast Asia thanks to its strategic geographic location and sound financial institutions, propelling fund management houses like the Funds Management Division, a member of the AmBank Group, into the spotlight

Nestled inbetween the Gulf of Thailand and the South China Sea, Malaysia is surrounded by the fast-growing economies of Indonesia and Thailand, and within easy reach of China and India. It is a hugely diverse country with a young and thriving population. ...

India’s Prime Minister outlines the country’s growth plans – could Coca Cola help mitigate the effects of a poor monsoon?

Private and fiscal input stimulate India

India’s Prime Minister outlines the country’s growth plans – could Coca Cola help mitigate the effects of a poor monsoon?

Dramatic intervention has been proposed after India experienced first quarter growth of 5.3 percent, its slowest pace in nine years. The twelfth five-year plan aims to increase growth to 8.5 - 9 percent. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's speech on India...

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