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Tong's Portfolio

Malaysia can finance the stimulus to protect and boost productive capacities

Over the last two weeks, we presented data showing resilience in domestic consumption and the underlying strength in the balance sheets for households and businesses as well as overall stability of

Emerging Markets

Emerging Markets hit a Covid wall

Once one of the poorest and least developed regions of the world, Asian economies have exploded on the international stage in the 21st century to become some of the world’s most dynamic economies.


Should governments spend away?

Advanced economies have already spent enormous amounts providing Covid-19 pandemic relief to households and small- and medium-size businesses.

Debt and defaults

The debt predators

What do the Calabrian organised crime syndicate ‘Ndrangheta, Hertz Global Holdings Inc, China’s Sichuan Trust, and the US Federal Reserve have in common?

We are fighting deflation, not causing inflation ...yet

(June 19): The global economy has been brought to its knees by Covid-19, with a collapse in demand unlike anything seen since the Great Depression.

Debt and defaults

What are the lessons from the Hyflux haircut?

(Dec 20): In the 1970s, long-haired visitors to Singapore were required to cut their hair on arrival as unkempt locks were linked to hippie culture.

Startups, Entrepreneurs, Digital economy

Masayoshi Son's bankers are worried about their favourite client

(Dec 16): Masayoshi Son’s Japanese bankers are taking a hard look at their most important client.

In print this week

ThaiBev gears up to fund growth, debt level seen as manageable

SINGAPORE (Apr 15): Thai Beverage has spent the past few years on an $8 billion acquisition spree, as it expanded beyond its home market and into other Southeast Asian markets.