9:43 pm March 8, 2015 | 31 Comments
Phase 1 of work on Jakarta’s mass rapid transit rail line is scheduled to be completed by the middle of 2018, in time for the Asian Games that the Indonesian capital is to host that year. The question is, can that be achieved?
10:38 pm March 5, 2015 | 37 Comments
Although Indonesia has significant growth and economic potential, with BCG predicting the number of people in the middle and affluent class to double to 141 million by 2020, it seems that Indonesia is still not a magnet for global talent. The country is also struggling to attract members of the Indonesian diaspora to return home.
12:46 pm March 3, 2015 | No Comment
Forecasts for China to surpass the U.S. as the world’s main economic power are misplaced. So says an observer who foresaw Japan’s eventual demise a year before its land-price bubble began to burst.
9:20 am March 3, 2015 | No Comment
It may be by far the most valuable American company but Apple still can't get into at least one exclusive club — the 30-member Dow Jones Industrial Average.
8:50 am March 2, 2015 | No Comment
Japanese corporate capital expenditures grew in October-December from a year earlier but the pace slowed from the prior quarter, casting doubt about strength of business investment seen as key to spurring growth in the world's third-largest economy.
8:43 pm March 1, 2015 | No Comment
The monetary guardians of the euro area, Switzerland, Sweden and Denmark are now imposing negative interest rates on bank deposits or on funding operations that feed through to the real economy.
8:46 am February 25, 2015 | No Comment
Twelve years ago, Hong Kong was in the doldrums: battered by five years of deflation, record unemployment and a killer disease that was emptying shops and bars and causing half the city to walk around in face masks. China came to the rescue, with a package of goodies known as the Closer Economic Partnership Agreement, scrapping duties to boost trade and opening its borders to let more tourists flow into the prodigal returned colony.
10:16 am February 24, 2015 | No Comment
Similar to Chinese President Xi Jinping’s anti-graft campaign, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s moves to stamp out corruption may redefine relationships between big business and government bureaucrats.
9:44 am February 23, 2015 | No Comment
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s plan to revive the nation’s economy is leaving small companies behind.
9:47 am February 20, 2015 | No Comment
Miners who can’t get financing for new projects from banks or traditional equity investors because metals prices have collapsed are turning to an alternative source: the engineering and construction companies, many from China and South Korea, who actually build their mines.
11:49 pm February 15, 2015 | 3 Comments
There is hardly a discussion that goes by in business circles that does not raise the issue of infrastructure. Will Indonesia’s government achieve the ambitious targets that it has set out? While there is hope there is also, because of past failures, major doubt and concern that the country will fall short in achieving its infrastructure goals.
3:39 pm February 13, 2015 | 1 Comment
“Grexit” would be sudden, sharp and probably conducted in the dark of night; if Greece were to quit the euro, it would also mark the beginning of a long, hard road — for some harder still than the one already traveled.
9:03 pm February 6, 2015 | No Comment
Over the past 10 and four years, the MSCI indexes of the so-called “Asean Four” — Indonesia, Singapore, the Philippines and Thailand — have outperformed the Asia ex-Japan index by between 3,500 and 11,500 basis points, as well as the Emerging Market Index by between 10,500 bps and 2,000 bps.