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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

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March 22, 2024

The Rise of Indonesia’s Banks

By James Guild
The sector has made a roaring recovery since the doldrums of the Asian Financial Crisis of the late 1990s.
March 13, 2024

Malaysia’s State-Run Investment Funds Had a Mixed 2023

By James Guild
The performance of two major Malaysian funds demonstrates both the strength and weakness of forced savings policies.

March 05, 2024

Why the Indonesian State Took Majority Ownership of PT Vale Indonesia

By James Guild
There has long been a desire in certain quarters to eventually move ownership of foreign-owned and operated mines back into Indonesian hands.

February 27, 2024

Why the Indonesian Stock Market Is Booming

By James Guild
The country's expanding domestic capital markets have cushioned it against the declines seen elsewhere in the region.

February 20, 2024

Why Malaysia’s Pharmaniaga Is In Financial Trouble

By James Guild
And why its troubles might be short-lived.
February 13, 2024

The 2024 Indonesian Election is All About the Economy

By James Guild
The country's economy has grown by an average of 4.2 percent each year that Jokowi has been in office – and voters want more of the same.

February 07, 2024

Why Vietnam Agreed to Supply the Philippines with Rice For Five Years

By James Guild
The arrangement is an encouraging example of Southeast Asian solidarity and regional self-sufficiency.
February 01, 2024

Markets, Makers, and the State of Play in Southeast Asia’s Electric Vehicle Industry

By James Guild
Across Southeast Asia, countries do not want to simply be a market for EVs. They want to make them.

January 30, 2024

Greenflation and the Role of Prices in Clean Energy Transitions

By James Guild
The shift to renewable energy inevitably involves massive costs. The question is: who should pay?

January 23, 2024

Why PhilHealth Doesn’t Need to Raise Premiums in 2024

By James Guild
With inflation continuing to rise, a scheduled premium increase seems likely to be suspended.

January 18, 2024

How the UAE is Making a Splash in Indonesia’s Clean Energy Sector

By James Guild
Masdar’s willingness to work within the constraints of the country's political economy offers important lessons for the U.S.-backed Just Energy Transition Partnership.
January 09, 2024

2023 Was a Wild Ride for Investment in Southeast Asia

By James Guild
The region is still feeling the economic reverberations of the U.S. Federal Reserve's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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