THE risks of cross-border business remain, with red tape continuing to be a very real frustration, Indian service companies are finding approvals processes too slow in Australia . . .
IF life-span increases by three years, pension-related costs could increase by 50 per cent in both advanced and emerging econmies, according to the Managing Director of the IMF, Christine Lagarde . . .
HAVING steamlined its listing rules, the Singapore Stock Exchange is starting to spread the message that it is open for business to companies seeking a dual or secondary listing . . .
THE Chinese Government has capped spending by Chinese tourists on the national credit card UnionPay, with some returning travellers reportedly being checked over by Customs in Shanghai. But the growing Chinese
middle class is unlikely to stop holidaying overseas . . .
FIFTY years on, the Royal Princes of Johor have raised the spectre of recession – as the resource-rich States of Sarawak and Sabah increase pressure for devolution of Federal
powers, and demand a greater share of royalties . . .
STORYTELLER Simon Winchester remembers when 750 million people in the Pacific were governed by ‘outsiders and aliens’ . . .
HONG KONG — The world has been preoccupied with the slowdown in China, but the bigger issue is the global economy, says Jim Walker, founder of the independent
economic research house, Asianomics.
The Belt and Road Initiative aims to connect Asia, Europe and Africa along five routes. It will take advantage of international transport routes as well as core cities and key ports to strengthen collaboration and build six international economic co-operation corridors.
On Christmas Day in 2015, 17 nations signed an agreement to establish the Beijing-sponsored Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). Within a week, the world’s latest multilateral bank was open for business. It now has 57 members.
WHICH way will the military move? There are low-risk and high-risk options facing Burma’s Suu Kyi . . .
IN LOOKING backwards, Aust-ralia’s First Ambassador to China, Stephen FItzGerald, appears to sacrifice balance to partisan proselytizing . . .
IT is important to reflect on how far China has travelled, where it currently stands and where it plans to go next, says Stuart Gulliver, Group Chief Executive of HSBC, in an address to a China Conference in Sydney. Excerpts:
CHINA was correct in trying to contain the fallout from its market collapse — and is continuing to open up its financial sector, says economist Chi Lo . .
AT SOME point, the RMB will be ‘solidly number four’ as the fourth most commonly used currency in global interbank settlements, overtaking Japan, says SWIFT Chief Executive, Gottfried Leibbrandt . . .
THE concept of crowdfunding is new, and businesses need to be educated that funding is available from alternative sources, but in the UK, where government regulators are moving to effectively support the industry’s expansion, some expect turnover to reach £5 million this year and up to £8 billion in 2016 . . .
TODAY’s cyber tools are more sinister, and a family of spyware and spynets has been upgraded to specifically target a financial institution or groups of institutions in a particular geographic area. Microsoft’s Richard Boscovich explains how the industry is fighting back . . .