Asia & Australasia

World Finance speaks to Kerry Brown, Director of the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, to discuss what the impact Beijing’s involvement in the choice of Hong Kong’s next leader will be

China concerned of ‘Scotland situation’ with Hong Kong

World Finance speaks to Kerry Brown, Director of the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, to discuss what the impact Beijing’s involvement in the choice of Hong Kong’s next leader will be

‘Hong Kong is not ready for democracy’ reads the party line of China. But tens of thousands of people on the streets of the city disagree. Beijing’s announcement in September that candidates for Hong Kong’s next leader must be vetted by the Commun...

Japan wage growth highest since 1997

Japan’s labour cash earnings rose 2.6 percent in July, owing predominantly to a lively bonus season

Japanese wages in July saw their strongest annual increase since 1997, with earnings up 2.6 percent on the year previous. The development was welcomed by consumers, whose wages have so far failed to keep pace with the rate of inflation and compensate for ...

After a gloomy second quarter, the turnaround so many expected has failed to materialise

Japan’s growth slows down, falling short of July expectations

After a gloomy second quarter, the turnaround so many expected has failed to materialise

Japan’s growth prospects suffered another knock in July, as its economy failed to make the predicted third quarter turnaround. Official figures show April’s sales tax hike is continuing to affect consumer behaviour, slowing growth seen in the first q...

World Finance speaks to Andrew Bascand and Jody Kaye of Harbour Asset Management to discuss what investment opportunities New Zealand offers

‘New Zealand has one of the strongest growth rates in the developed world’, Harbour Asset Management | Video

World Finance speaks to Andrew Bascand and Jody Kaye of Harbour Asset Management to discuss what investment opportunities New Zealand offers

New Zealand is known for its idyllic landscapes, but an established investment community is also adding to the country's curb appeal. World Finance speaks to Andrew Bascand and Jody Kaye of Harbour Asset Management to discuss what opportunities New Zealan...

World Finance interviews Reaz Islam, Managing Partner of LR Global Bangladesh Asset Management Company, to find out investment opportunities in the country

The private equity market is Bangladesh’s ‘biggest opportunity’, says LR Global

World Finance interviews Reaz Islam, Managing Partner of LR Global Bangladesh Asset Management Company, to find out investment opportunities in the country

Bangladesh has seen an uptick in economic growth in the past few years, but have richer investment opportunities followed? World Finance interviews Reaz Islam, Managing Partner of LR Global Bangladesh Asset Management Company, to discuss the country's eco...

Foreign investment continues to flow into China, though it’s at a considerably slower pace than before as the dragon economy sees a significant slow down in exports and GDP growth

Foreign direct investment flows into China despite slowing economy

Foreign investment continues to flow into China, though it’s at a considerably slower pace than before as the dragon economy sees a significant slow down in exports and GDP growth

China's foreign direct investment inflows rose at an annual pace of 2.2 percent in the first six months of 2014, indicating investors are still cautiously optimistic about the world's second-largest economy. New data from the Commerce Ministry says China ...

China’s property sector has slumped in 2014. Construction and house prices have dropped rapidly, and shockwaves are being felt across the global commodities market. Rita Lobo wonders whether the real estate sector is the first teetering tile in a row of dominos

China’s property slowdown could have a domino effect on global commodities

China’s property sector has slumped in 2014. Construction and house prices have dropped rapidly, and shockwaves are being felt across the global commodities market. Rita Lobo wonders whether the real estate sector is the first teetering tile in a row of dominos

When Bill Gates tweeted that China had consumed more cement in the three years leading to 2013 than the US had in the whole of the 20th century, Twitter went into overdrive. Some speculated that he was misusing statistics; others assumed that he was just ...

Colossal mineral deposits have led to Mongolia recording record levels of economic growth, but the government must stop passing populist laws if the country is to realise its potential

Mongolia looks to end mining purgatory

Colossal mineral deposits have led to Mongolia recording record levels of economic growth, but the government must stop passing populist laws if the country is to realise its potential

Just two years ago, economic observers around the world were enthusiastically trumpeting one Asian economy as the next great investment opportunity. While much has been said about China and India over the last decade, it was the more sparsely populated Mo...

Efforts to change Singapore’s economy from being a low-end manufacturer to a high-end producer has sent its growth rate spiralling downwards

Singapore economy struggles as country changes manufacturing emphasis

Efforts to change Singapore’s economy from being a low-end manufacturer to a high-end producer has sent its growth rate spiralling downwards

Lacklustre activity at Singapore's factories has dragged the economy's growth down to 2.1 percent in the second quarter, essentially contracting 0.8 percent on an annual basis. The data from the Singaporean Ministry of Trade and Industry stands in stark c...

World Finance interviews Professor Danny Quah, Professor of Economics and International Development at the London School of Economics, about the OECD's latest report on emerging markets

‘The rise of emerging markets is real’, says London School of Economics professor

World Finance interviews Professor Danny Quah, Professor of Economics and International Development at the London School of Economics, about the OECD’s latest report on emerging markets

Growth in emerging markets has been key to driving living standards in these regions of the world. But a 2014 OECD report suggests the pace of growth has slowed down: a worrying trend for achieving average income levels in these countries by 2050. World F...

In a surprisingly tough budget, India’s new government has vowed to lower the country’s budget deficit and boost foreign direct investment. But Indian stocks fell as long-term plans don’t include solutions for low growth and concerns over lacking food-production this year

India’s budget gets mixed reviews, Indonesia surges post-election

In a surprisingly tough budget, India’s new government has vowed to lower the country’s budget deficit and boost foreign direct investment. But Indian stocks fell as long-term plans don’t include solutions for low growth and concerns over lacking food-production this year

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's new government has unveiled a budget it said would revive growth after the country has endured the longest economic slowdown in 25 years. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said he would raise caps on foreign investment...

Despite being loved by some and hated by others, Narendra Modi has a chance to transform india into a country run for the many, rather than the few

Divisive Modi could revolutionise India

Despite being loved by some and hated by others, Narendra Modi has a chance to transform india into a country run for the many, rather than the few

When newly appointed Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted “India has won, good days are here again,” you would think that his message was a reflection of universal jubilation across the country. However, while his landslide victory was more con...

€1bn investment will be welcomed by India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he seeks to transform country’s lacklustre infrastructure network

France to help fund Indian infrastructure

€1bn investment will be welcomed by India’s new Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he seeks to transform country’s lacklustre infrastructure network

As newly anointed Prime Minister Narendra Modi sets about the business of building a modern, thriving Indian economy, he is seeking the help of foreign investors in funding the massive overhaul of infrastructure that the country needs. This week, Franc...

The consumer price rise comes amid improved labour market conditions and increased optimism about the country’s long-term economic prospects

Japan’s consumer price index rises to 3.4 percent – a 32-year high

The consumer price rise comes amid improved labour market conditions and increased optimism about the country’s long-term economic prospects

Japan’s consumer prices in May rose to an annual rate of 3.4 percent, marking the fastest rise since April 1982 and a knee jerk reaction to the country’s April tax hike. Data released by the internal affairs ministry on June 27 showed that consumer pr...

World Finance speaks to Kerry Brown, author of The New Emperors, to discuss industrial activism in China

Industrial activism in China is ‘a big enough issue’ says author Kerry Brown

World Finance speaks to Kerry Brown, author of The New Emperors, to discuss industrial activism in China

Industrial activism in China - a decade ago this was largely unheard of. But now, as a generation of long serving migrant factory workers retires, the higher educated, more social-media savvy younger generations are less inclined to tolerate the poor cond...

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