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Indonesia’s rupiah has dropped to its lowest level since the financial crisis devastated the Asian economy in 1998

Rupiah falls to lowest level in 16 years

Indonesia’s rupiah has dropped to its lowest level since the financial crisis devastated the Asian economy in 1998

The rupiah dropped 1.9 percent against the dollar in Jakarta to 12,698, according to Bloomberg, indicating a 16-year low and marking the biggest fall since the start of August. It’s down 10 percent from its rate against the dollar in July. The Indone...

Abe has secured the support he so desperately needs to carry out his sweeping economic reform programme in the years ahead

Abe scores two thirds majority win in Japanese elections

Abe has secured the support he so desperately needs to carry out his sweeping economic reform programme in the years ahead

Shinzo Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has scored a two thirds majority win in Japan’s December 14 snap election, putting the Prime Minister in an opportune position to continue on with his ambitious reform programme. "My 'Abenomics' policies ar...

The eventual end of a long, fruitful mining boom has left a gaping hole in Australia’s economy and slashed its employment figures

Unemployment special: Australia’s future looks bleak as mining boom ends

The eventual end of a long, fruitful mining boom has left a gaping hole in Australia’s economy and slashed its employment figures

Despite somehow weathering the great global recession of 2008 with very little damage incurred, fast forward to late 2014, and the Australian economy’s gold streak is well and truly over. The mining investment boom, which lasted a decade and contributed...

Weak performance indicators point to a slowdown in China, and many believe the central bank could introduce further easing measures to stave off deflation

Chinese inflation hits five-year low

Weak performance indicators point to a slowdown in China, and many believe the central bank could introduce further easing measures to stave off deflation

New government figures show that Chinese inflation dipped to a five-year low in November, and a look at the country’s performance indicators suggests that growth in the world’s most populous nation is slowing. At only 1.4 percent, the November inflati...

Japan’s government has announced the country sunk into a bigger recession than originally estimated in the third quarter of this year

Japan’s recession bigger than initially estimated

Japan’s government has announced the country sunk into a bigger recession than originally estimated in the third quarter of this year

According to the revised figure, Japan’s GDP contracted by 1.9 percent in the three months ended September 30 - up from the initial estimate of 1.6 percent, which technically marked a recession and sparked debate over the country’s drastic ‘Abenomic...

World Finance speaks to Fubon Life Insurance about Taiwan's exceptional growth in the insurance sector

Fubon: ‘the Taiwan insurance market has grown very fast in the past few years’

World Finance speaks to Fubon Life Insurance about Taiwan’s exceptional growth in the insurance sector

Taiwan is the second largest market in the Asia Pacific region after in Japan, in terms if insurance penetration. World Finance speaks to Executive Vice President of Fubon Life Insurance, Tsai-Ling Chao, to find out how the industry is developing. ...

The downgrading of Japan's economy is exactly what Shinzo Abe doesn't need two weeks before an election

Moody’s downgrades Japan’s credit rating

The downgrading of Japan’s economy is exactly what Shinzo Abe doesn’t need two weeks before an election

Moody’s has cut Japan’s credit forecast from A1 to Aa3 – in line with Fitch and one notch below Standard and Poor’s respective ratings. Explaining its decision, Moody’s cited uncertainty over whether the country could achieve its ‘fiscal de...

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...

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