Anthony Dass

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3 Apr 2017 | 7:00 AM

Opportunity with China’s growing middle class

CHINA is moving away from its traditional manufacturing-driven, export and investment-led economy to one underpinned by services, consumption and domestic activities. Such transition will potentially lower its economic growth from the past strong double-digit numbers.

China has become a major trading partner with Malaysia. The bilateral trade data which is made up of exports and imports has been in trade deficit at the Malaysia’s end since 2012. Room for the bilateral trade deficit to continue as we move forward is on the table.
8 Mar 2017 | 7:00 AM

The future of negative rate policies

OVER the past year, a number of central banks took their interest rates into negative territory. Were they successful with the negative interest rate policy (NIRP)? What is the future of NIRPs?

The EURO logo is pictured in front of the European Central Bank, ECB in Frankfurt/Main, central Germany, on November 6, 2014. The European Central Bank held its key interest rates unchanged at its regular monthly policy meeting. AFP PHOTO / DANIEL ROLAND
6 Feb 2017 | 7:00 AM

More controls in China’s complex economy

WHILE it remains a challenge to understand the headline growth in China, one can conclude the economy is slowing.

For the past six years, Chinese economic growth has eased from a high of 10.6% in 2010 to 6.8% in 2016. In fact, the country registered the slowest growth since 1990 in 2016. It is a clear indication that the economy is going through a period of transition, moving away from the traditional industries to a consumer-led economy with services now accounting for 51% of the GDP
2 Jan 2017 | 7:00 AM

Global political risk leads to choppy year

THE year 2017 will be fairly choppy.

7 Nov 2016 | 7:00 AM

Mixed dynamics of commodity price recovery

AFTER most commodity prices being in a relative stable environment for two decades, prices in general started improving in the early 2000s.

3 Oct 2016 | 7:00 AM

Is it time to revisit the growth model?

PRIOR to 2008 Global Financial Crisis, there were hardly any central banks that considered using any of the unconventional monetary policies such as zero interest rate policy, quantitative easing, credit easing, forward guidance, negative deposit rate and unlimited foreign exchange intervention.

5 Sep 2016 | 7:00 AM

Malaysia's retail pump fuel price is 3rd lowest in the world

FROM my recent conversations, there are some who still feel that our current fuel price is still stiff, more so when the retail pump price is being compared with the selling price of other oil exporting countries like Brunei and Saudi Arabia. This prompted me to relook at the current retail pump price across selected countries around the world.

In summary, the retail fuel pump prices for September 2016 is much cheaper for most Malaysian motorists.
8 Aug 2016 | 7:00 AM

Global markets torn by anxieties

TODAY, global markets are torn by anxieties. The fallout from the UK’s vote to exit the European Union, the prospect of a strengthening US economy following an anaemic second quarter economic growth, a disappointing Japanese stimulus plan with a total value of 28 trillion yen over several years, of which includes ¥7.5 trillion (US$73bil) in new spending to jump-start the nation’s sluggish economy, concern over the Chinese economy slowing down, saw the markets torn, and an aggressive monetary policy by Bank of England, are key issues to have raised the anxiety.

11 Jul 2016 | 7:00 AM

Gold is shining once again

THE decision by Britons to leave the European Union in a referendum on June 23 triggered strong selling across global stock markets and led to several currencies turning volatile.

Safe haven: Global uncertainties may induce investors to invest in safer assets such as gold.