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Bangkok vs. Kuala Lumpur: Compared for Business and Life

Bangkok vs. Kuala Lumpur: Compared for Business and Life

Among Southeast Asia's vibrant cities, Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur are hard to resist for many foreign expats. Within the context of the entire continent, these two cities stand out for their cultural richness, entrepreneurial mindset, and the unique opportunities that...

Doing Business in Asia: 5 Mistakes Every Foreigner Makes

Doing Business in Asia: 5 Mistakes Every Foreigner Makes

American entrepreneur Matthew stood before a room filled with potential Japanese partners. Having successfully expanded his tech startup across Europe, he was eager to tap into the thriving Asian market too. He prepared meticulously, studying market trends and...

This Country Will Have the Youngest Population in Asia

This Country Will Have the Youngest Population in Asia

Last updated August 22nd, 2023.   A detailed report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) predicts the Philippines will soon have the youngest population in Asia. They likewise suggested the country diversify its key services and manufacturing sectors and...

How to Invest for Inflation: Protect Your Portfolio

How to Invest for Inflation: Protect Your Portfolio

Last updated September 12th, 2023.   A metaphorically infinite number of dollars is chasing a limited number of goods. The result? INFLATION! There’s no ignoring the elephant in the room – it’s gotten so large that there’s barely any room left. Open any financial...

ASEAN vs. China: Battle to Attract Foreign Investment

ASEAN vs. China: Battle to Attract Foreign Investment

Last updated August 31st, 2023.   Southeast Asia and China have a long-shared history in many aspects. From cultures to geopolitics and economic fronts, they have had their fair share of coalitions, competitions, and conflicts. But in the battle to attract...

Great Lockdown: Why Southeast Asia Will Outperform

Great Lockdown: Why Southeast Asia Will Outperform

Since the beginning of 2020, the world economy has been reeling from the onset of a global pandemic, the likes of which has not been seen since the Spanish flu epidemic in 1918. The economic impacts of this event have been dubbed "The Great Lockdown". Western...

China Economic Growth Slows, But They Have a Plan

China Economic Growth Slows, But They Have a Plan

Last updated July 10th, 2023.   Lately, there's been tons of media coverage about an economic slowdown in China. Financial analysts on television talk about about how China growth will soon face a “hard landing” while its economy crashes in the near future. And...

Massive Debt in Thailand Burdens its Economy

Massive Debt in Thailand Burdens its Economy

Last updated May 24th, 2023. Rising consumer debt in Thailand is still a major source of risk for the Southeast Asian market, even with GDP growth at its lowest level in nearly a decade. Thai household debt accelerated rapidly, largely because of tax breaks on car and...

3 Weak Emerging Markets That Are Barely Growing

3 Weak Emerging Markets That Are Barely Growing

Last updated June 24th, 2023.   The term “emerging market” brings to mind a country which is growing quicker than most others. Emerging markets are typically going through a phase rapid urbanization, rising foreign investment, and improved infrastructure quality....

Why China Manufacturing is Uncompetitive

Why China Manufacturing is Uncompetitive

Last updated May 7th, 2023.   China usually comes to mind first when Asia's economic growth is mentioned – and for a good reason. It's both the world’s largest exporter and manufacturer by a wide margin. With that said, several factors point to a lack of...