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Economy

Malaysia needs structural reforms says global investor

KUALA LUMPUR: Penang-born Datuk Seri Cheah Cheng Hye (pic) who left Malaysia decades ago counts the middle-income trap, brain drain and high public service spending as current risks to the country.

World

U.S., China reaffirm commitment to pressure North Korea - State Department

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi on Thursday reaffirmed their countries' commitment to exert pressure in Pyongyang over its nuclear weapons, the U.S. State Department said.

Banking

Yuan toppled from two-year high as trade data surprises

HONG KONG: China’s yuan sank the most since the aftermath of its shock 2015 devaluation, after data showed the country’s trade surplus more than halved last month, and investors speculated controls on outward cash flows will be eased.

Corporate News

AmCham: Foreign firms feeling less welcome in China

BEIJING: Three quarters of companies surveyed by the American Chamber of Commerce in China (AmCham) say they feel increasingly unwelcome, reflecting perceptions foreign firms aren’t treated equally to domestic competitors.

Corporate News

State of the Union more likely to raise eyebrows than stocks

NEW YORK: Anybody hoping for a replay of the stock market advance that followed US President Donald Trump’s first address to Congress may be disappointed. This time around, shares could suffer if Trump does not tread carefully on hot-button issues.

Analyst Reports

Will prediction of a fall in Dow/bitcoin come true?

WHILE not many believe the Dow Jones, pitted against bitcoin prices, will fall, the warning may be something to look at.

Economy

Commodity flashpoints when Trump puts America first

SHANGHAI: Commodities would be particularly exposed if U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to impose tariffs on foreign solar panels and washing machines sparks a tit-for-tat trade war with nations around the world.

World

Irish PM says no sign of Britain backtracking on border deal

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - There has been no sign that Britain intends to backtrack on the commitments it made in December on the Irish border and doing so would erode trust for the rest of the Brexit negotiations, Ireland's Prime Minister said on Thursday.

World

Trump to pitch America First to Davos elites

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to use his maiden speech to the World Economic Forum on Friday to promote his tax cuts, deregulation and trade policies to chief executives, bankers and political leaders.

Markets

Asia shares near record peak but trade protectionist fears cast shadow

OKYO:Asian stocks held near a record high on Thursday though concerns about the Trump administration's protectionist stance cast a shadow on financial markets, while the dollar was under pressure after U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin welcomed a weaker currency.