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James Guild

James Guild

James Guild is an expert in trade, finance, and economic development in Southeast Asia.

James Guild holds a Ph.D. in International Political Economy from the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore. He specializes in trade, finance, and economic development in Southeast Asia. Follow him on twitter @jamesjguild or

Posts by James Guild
April 14, 2021

Singapore Eyes SG$90 Billion in Infrastructure Bonds

By James Guild
For the first time in 40 years, the state is seeking to borrow money to fund long-term infrastructure improvements.

April 06, 2021

How Independent Should Bank Indonesia (or any Central Bank) Be?

By James Guild
It is worth questioning the dictum that central banks should occupy their own autonomous policy space.
March 30, 2021

Is Another Taper Tantrum on the Way in Southeast Asia?

By James Guild
Rising U.S. bond yields have prompted fears of capital flight from Southeast Asian economies. How serious is the threat?

March 24, 2021

The COVID-19 Overseas Remittance Crisis That Wasn’t

By James Guild
Overseas remittances generally proved to be more resilient than other types of capital flows into Southeast Asia.

March 17, 2021

Australia’s Big Plans for Clean Energy Exports

By James Guild
A plan to export solar power to Southeast Asia via underwater cable have attracted media attention, but have a lot of obstacles to overcome.

March 09, 2021

Will Mandalika Be the Next Bali?

By James Guild
The state was heavily involved in getting Indonesian tourism going in the 1970s, but today's industry may call for a more hands-off approach.
March 02, 2021

Why Khazanah Nasional Just Bailed Out Malaysia Airlines

By James Guild
Sometimes the state has an interest in controlling firms in critical sectors like transportation, even if they are hemorrhaging money.

February 23, 2021

Last Week Singapore Released Its 2021 Budget. What’s in It?

By James Guild
In the aftermath of COVID-19, the city-state is characteristically looking to the private sector to get the economy moving again.

February 16, 2021

Are Japan and South Korea Serious About Ending Coal Financing in Southeast Asia?

By James Guild
A pledge to curtail financing for coal projects has come amid a rash of new coal-fired power plant investments.

February 11, 2021

A Dream Deferred? The ‘Equitization’ of Vietnam’s State-Owned Enterprises

By James Guild
Vietnam’s progress toward a more liberal, market-friendly economy has proceeded in fits and starts.

February 09, 2021

Indonesia Has Plans to Expand Its Money Market. Is That a Good Idea?

By James Guild
Money markets could bring great benefits to the country's economy, alongside an injection of systemic risk.
February 03, 2021

The Philippines’ COVID-19 Economic Rescue Plan: Bayanihan 1 and 2

By James Guild
In addition to supporting healthcare and low-income households, Manila has focused on propping up its agricultural sector, which employs nearly a quarter of Filipinos.

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