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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
May 24, 2022

‘KKN di Desa Penari’ Becomes Indonesia’s Biggest Ever Homegrown Blockbuster

By James Guild
As Indonesian box office sales continue to rise, so too is the demand for locally produced films.

May 17, 2022

The Economic Outlook for the Philippines Under Ferdinand Marcos Jr.

By James Guild
The new president will take the reins at a time of high inflation and monetary tightening in the global financial system.
May 10, 2022

Singapore’s Hot Housing Market

By James Guild
Despite government's various efforts to restrain the price of housing, costs have risen considerably since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

May 03, 2022

Why Indonesia Banned Palm Oil Exports

By James Guild
Palm oil firms chasing export profits were driving up costs for consumers, creating a potential political headache for the government.

April 26, 2022

A Snapshot of Post-Pandemic Trade in ASEAN

By James Guild
Inflation and rising commodity prices have assisted some countries' recovery, while holding back others.

April 19, 2022

Indonesia’s GoTo Goes Public

By James Guild
GoTo is a key part of Indonesia’s vision for future economic growth: It’s a company that uses technology and capital to make domestic markets more efficient.
April 12, 2022

Can Sustainable Finance Make a Difference in Southeast Asia?

By James Guild
A lot hinges on exactly what is meant by the term "sustainable."

April 05, 2022

Who Was Jakarta Built For?

By James Guild
And what that has to do with Nusantara, the country's planned new capital city.

March 29, 2022

Parsing Singapore’s 2022 Budget

By James Guild
The budget's theme is a return to normalcy, but COVID-19 continues to cast its shadow over the city-state's fiscal policy.

March 22, 2022

Are Indonesia’s State-Owned Construction Companies in Trouble?

By James Guild
The recent financial struggles of Waskita Karya raise questions about the sector's reliance on short-term debt.

March 15, 2022

Why Singaporean Tech Firms Grab and Sea Are Seeing Their Stock Prices Tumble

By James Guild
Both Grab and Sea have seen share prices plunge, but their outlooks are quite different.
March 08, 2022

How the Russian Invasion of Ukraine Might Impact ASEAN Economies

By James Guild
While the economic fallout from the war and ensuing sanctions is hard to predict, it is likely to be significant.

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