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The world at a T-junction

Think Asian - By Andrew Sheng
YESTERDAY, Jan 20, 2017, marked the inauguration of the 45th President of the United States, Donald J Trump. Next week, the Lunar Year of the Monkey ends, ushering in the Year of the Rooster. This is where monkey business ends and the chickens come home to roost.

U.S. President Donald Trump is saluted by a military official as he departs from the capitol for the inaugural parade after his swearing in at the Capitol in Washington, U.S., January 20, 2017. REUTERS

Post-truth or Alt-future?

THE most fashionable word after Brexit and Donald Trump’s triumph in 2016 as US president-elect was “post-truth”, roughly defined as the “cherry-picking of data to support emotive politics”.

Christmas with the I Ching

ON the eve of Christmas, Christians around the world will be celebrating family time and the birth of Jesus Christ.

Time for Asia to take risks in 2017

Asian regulators have themselves to blame for not appreciating that new global regulations on risk-taking are hampering their own economies’ needs to grow.

The Year of Lost Identity

Think Asian - By Andrew Sheng
THERE is a common thread running through Brexit, Trump and this week’s Italian referendum – not a populist revolt, but a question of identity.

What does Trumpism mean for Asian investors?

IN the lead-up to Jan 20, 2017, when Donald Trump assumes the US presidency, Asians are all guessing on what will be the outlook for their savings.

Strong US dollar: The latest (June 2016) IMF health check on the US economy remarked that “the current level of the US dollar is assessed to be overvalued by 10-20. – AFP

Disruptive Donald, or is he really?

He beat the odds to take over the White House, many are still protesting. But maybe Trump read the society correctly. And at the end of the day, the people want job stability.

On the pulse: As a businessman, Trump understood that the old model was broken because he read the signals right.

Disruptive Donald

Think Asian - By Andrew Sheng
I WAS going to write about disruptive technology but the whole week was taken up with the disruption that Donald J. Trump did in upsetting the US establishment by winning the presidential elections.

Why economics won’t help us today

AS all of us watched the US Presidential debates and await the outcome of the elections in early November with bated breathe, I was struck by how much the world is moving on different planes.

Starting a national conversation

LAST month I raised the analogy of national stability as a three-legged stool – the economic, political and social. Those who are focused on the economics – mostly businessmen and economists – concentrate on raising GDP numbers. But politics is all about trade-offs between different demands from different quarters. Politics involves the power to tackle social demands on imbalances, inequalities and on how the country should be run.