Anthony Dass

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6 Aug 2018 | 7:00 AM

Young and jobless in Malaysia

AS the global economy continues to recover, labour force is improving, albeit at a slower pace.

Anthony Dass(pic) writes: Looking at Malaysia, although headline unemployment is around 3.4% in 2017, the youth unemployment rate is over three times higher at around 10.8% in 2017. Among Asean countries, the youth unemployment rate is lowest in Singapore at 4.6%, followed by Thailand (5.9%), Vietnam (7%), Philippines (7.9%) and Indonesia (15.6%). In China, it is at 10.8% while India’s youth unemployment
2 Jul 2018 | 7:00 AM

Will the next market crisis turn into a contagion?

Comment - By Anthony Dass
IN today’s scenario, one of our key focuses is the US Fed and European Central Bank (ECB) – both fiddling with their monetary policy. It represents a wind of change in global markets. From a tailwind due to the massive bond-buying programme that effectively supported risky assets, the tide has changed to become a headwind.

6 Jun 2018 | 7:00 AM

How does public debt make our money worth less?

PUBLIC debt is defined as how much a country owes to lenders.

Inflation mechanism: If the government issues extra money and credit, prices of goods and services will go up accordingly.
7 May 2018 | 7:00 AM

Can the US dollar rally last?

The US dollar is in rally mode. It first picked up steam as the 10-year Treasury yield edged towards the psychological level of 3% which it eventually breached.

The greenback is more likely to continue its rally at least in the near term.
9 Apr 2018 | 7:00 AM

The two sides of trade war

US President Donald Trump has instructed US trade officials to consider US$100bil in additional tariffs on China, fuelling an already heated trade dispute between the world’s two biggest economies.

12 Mar 2018 | 7:00 AM

Tariffs and quotas – are they good or bad?

EACH time a household goes shopping, there is a tendency for the household to pay more for the goods purchased owing to tariffs and quotas.

5 Feb 2018 | 7:00 AM

Ringgit strengthening and US$ weakening

Is the dollar behaving like a falling knife?

Room for the dollar to continue underperforming in 2018 remains on the table driven by a more positive global growth outlook in 2018, continued export momentum growth in the Asia ex-Japan region alongside the start of policy normalisation in some countries.
2 Jan 2018 | 7:00 AM

Will 2018 be another robust year?

We feel the combination of strong growth and low inflation will continue in 2018. Structural factors such as the effect of technology remains important, but cyclical forces suggest that inflation will begin to catch up with the strength of economic activity in 2018.

developing Asia is poised to grow by 4.9% in 2018, with the Chinese GDP at 6.4% and India at 7.0%. We project Malaysia’s GDP at 5.5% in 2018.
4 Dec 2017 | 7:00 AM

Unclear if current North Korean noise is heading to a tipping point

Following six nuclear tests since 2003 and more than 20 missile launches in 2017, the North Koreans may have reached a point to conclude their military advances with a nuclear capability credible enough to discourage the United States from attacking North Korea.

This December 1, 2017 picture released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on December 2, 2017 shows North Korean soldiers and Pyongyang residents holding a rally to celebrate the North's declaration on November 29 it had achieved full nuclear statehood. North Korea's leader Kim Jong-Un declared the country had achieved a "historic cause" of becoming a nuclear state, its state media said on November 29, after the country tested an intercontinental ballistic missile earlier in the day. - AFP
13 Nov 2017 | 7:00 AM

Is climate change a ‘black swan’?

THE “black swan” concept came from the Western world. For a very long time, the West was of the view that all the swans are white until the discovery of black swans in Australia by Dutch explorer Willem de Vlamingh in 1697.

The list of natural disasters runs long – from the hurricanes across the US to the forest fires in Siberia, Russia and Canada, the massive floods in Pakistan and Australia and the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan.  These events are far more difficult to predict and can have a terrifying impact on a country. (People and vehicles pass through a flooded road after the rain in Karachi, Pakistan August 31, 2017. - Reuters filepic)