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What will the post-QE world look like?
October 24, 2014 1:00 am

What will the post-QE world look like?

This month brings an end to QE, or quantitative easing. This programme of "money printing" had the US Federal Reserve flooding the financial system with liquidity by buying up both mortgage-backed securities and US Treasuries.

America is stretched to breaking point: watch the markets
October 17, 2014 1:00 am

America is stretched to breaking point: watch the markets

The United States is now battling on four fronts - squaring off against Russia over the Ukraine crisis, bombing ISIS in Syria and Iraq, grappling with a threatened Ebola pandemic at home, and trying to prevent its stock market bubbles from busting....

Obama knows Mideast war is Kryptonite for US superpower
October 10, 2014 1:00 am

Obama knows Mideast war is Kryptonite for US superpower

US President Barack Obama is looking more and more like a punch-bag. Fellow Democrats are lining up to attack him with the vigour of Republicans over his half-hearted policy in the Middle East.

Is the Umbrella Revolution in Hong Kong for real?
October 3, 2014 1:00 am

Is the Umbrella Revolution in Hong Kong for real?

Time magazine and other international news media have been quick to dub the mass demonstration for universal suffrage in Hong Kong as a democracy revolution.

Protecting the petrodollar: America gears up for a long war
September 26, 2014 1:00 am

Protecting the petrodollar: America gears up for a long war

US President Barack Obama has been talking with global leaders in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly, in a bid to forge a grand coalition to support his war against the Islamic State in the Middle East.

Scots who voted for independence showed us the way to go
September 19, 2014 1:00 am

Scots who voted for independence showed us the way to go

By the time this column goes to print, the outcome of the referendum on Scottish independence will likely be known. Still, it's worthwhile discussing the implications and the benefits for Scotland if voters now, or at some time in the future,...

America finds another excuse to go to war in Middle East
September 12, 2014 1:00 am

America finds another excuse to go to war in Middle East

Exactly 13 years after 9/11, it isn't victory in the "war on terror" that President Barack Obama is declaring but a campaign of air strikes against the Islamic State in Syria.

Prayuth keeping 'happiness' cards close to his chest
September 5, 2014 1:00 am

Prayuth keeping 'happiness' cards close to his chest

Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha has just unveiled his Cabinet, ready to take on the challenge of turning the Kingdom around.

With Thai economy flat-lining, it's time to look inward for...
August 29, 2014 1:00 am

With Thai economy flat-lining, it's time to look inward for...

Thailand's economic growth this year looks set to level off at around 1.50-2.0 per cent. Most of the engines of growth are sputtering. In the first half of this year, exports began to go downhill, contracting by 0.1 per cent.

Reform path still uncertain as Prayuth hops onto tiger's back
August 22, 2014 1:00 am

Reform path still uncertain as Prayuth hops onto tiger's back

Thailand finally has a new prime minister, after General Prayuth Chan-ocha was handpicked for the job by the National Legislative Assembly. General Prayuth will head both the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) and the new government.