Anthony Dass

Recent and archived articles by Anthony Dass

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)
9 Oct 2017 | 7:00 AM

The strong global impact of ageing populations and climate change

Discussions in relation to issues such as cyber attacks, fiscal crisis, water crisis and geopolitical issues are important.

The challenge is to consider the interactions between ageing populations and climate change and their impact on global health as well as financial stability.  It looks like these two issues pose a real challenge to the world economy and global fiscal policy. - Reuters filepic)
11 Sep 2017 | 7:00 AM

Rising inflation, living cost - What do they mean? How do they affect daily life?

IF a household wakes up in the morning and heads to the local grocery store only to find out that the local currency is not stretching as far at the store, it is incorrect to say the household is merely imagining things.

With prices generally on the uptrend, one is likely to hear a lot about rising inflation and living cost. What do these terms really mean? How do they affect ones daily life?  The living cost view is often confused with inflation.
3 Jul 2017 | 7:00 AM

No gains, only losses in bullying

BULLYING is a global phenomenon. It comes in many forms – whether it’s physical or emotional – and in various places – at school, work place, home and even in the virtual world. It cuts across race and gender, shape and size.

Anthony Dass(filepic) is chief economist/head of AmBank Group Research
5 Jun 2017 | 7:00 AM

The need to educate investors on ponzi and pyramid scheme

Comment by Anthony Dass
THE notorious ponzi scheme named after Charles Ponzi was applied by him in the 1920s. At that time, this business started as a legitimate one, by focusing on arbitrage. Along the way, the business used investors’ money to make payments to earlier investors and himself.

2 May 2017 | 7:00 AM

Are businesses tapping into the potential of digital transformation?

DIGITAL innovation is gaining importance. Asia is fast becoming a key area of digital innovation. This region is estimated to account for about 50% of global Internet users estimated at around 2.8 to three billion since Asia is the largest regional e-commerce market.

The growing perception suggests that by 2025 to 2030, fast-changing technologies such as mobile Internet, the Internet of Things, cloud technology, 3D printing and advanced robotics will make up about 20% to 30% of Asia ex-Japan’s economic growth. It is not surprising that with increasing business activities in Asia, the region is becoming an important hub for many businesses.