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Japan’s Weak Yen Hampers Its Post-COVID Recovery
May 12, 2022

Japan’s Weak Yen Hampers Its Post-COVID Recovery

By Thisanka Siripala
The Japanese yen has tumbled to its lowest level, pinching household purses and clouding Japan’s economic outlook.
Is Cambodia’s Government Ready to Tackle the Problems in Its Microfinance Sector?
May 11, 2022

Is Cambodia’s Government Ready to Tackle the Problems in Its Microfinance Sector?

By Molika Heng
Phnom Penh's attempts to relieve its worsening rural debt crisis are yet to have the intended effects.

Lao Economy Grinding to a Halt as Fuel Crisis Deepens
May 11, 2022

Lao Economy Grinding to a Halt as Fuel Crisis Deepens

By Sebastian Strangio
A plummeting currency, dwindling foreign reserves, and a spike in global oil prices have led to shortages across the country.

More Than Aid, Afghanistan Needs an Aid Management System
May 10, 2022

More Than Aid, Afghanistan Needs an Aid Management System

By Mohammad Qadam Shah
The Taliban are pursuing the same top-down governance and public finance management system that has failed Afghanistan for two decades.

Singapore’s Hot Housing Market
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.
HSBC Break-up Pressure Marks the End of an Era
May 06, 2022

HSBC Break-up Pressure Marks the End of an Era

By Sam Goodman
The bank’s position – with huge financial stakes and close political ties in both London and Beijing – has become increasingly untenable amid growing tensions.

Are China’s Shadow Banking Regulations Contradicting Its Push for Common Prosperity?
May 05, 2022

Are China’s Shadow Banking Regulations Contradicting Its Push for Common Prosperity?

By Ben Phillips
The sector emerged for a reason: small- and medium-sized enterprises desperately need alternative sources of funding.
Why Did Chinese Loans to Africa Fall So Much in 2020?
May 05, 2022

Why Did Chinese Loans to Africa Fall So Much in 2020?

By Etsehiwot Kebret and Yike Fu
Of course the COVID-19 pandemic played a role, but there is another factor at play: pressure from international organizations to avoid debt.

World Bank-Linked Watchdog to Probe Alleged Cambodian Microfinance Abuses
May 05, 2022

World Bank-Linked Watchdog to Probe Alleged Cambodian Microfinance Abuses

By Sebastian Strangio
Two Cambodian civil society groups claim that "reckless" micro-lending has contributed to a brewing rural debt crisis.

India’s State Insurance Company to List in Biggest IPO
May 05, 2022

India’s State Insurance Company to List in Biggest IPO

By Krutika Pathi and Ashok Sharma
The IPO for Life Insurance Corp. is expected to raise up to $2.74 billion.

East Asian Firms Are Critical to America’s Semiconductor Success
May 04, 2022

East Asian Firms Are Critical to America’s Semiconductor Success

By Kuancheng Huang, Chien-Huei Wu, and Nai-Yu Chen
Cutting foreign partners out of the CHIPS for America Act would be catastrophic for the U.S. semiconductor ecosystem.
Sri Lanka Is on the Brink of Bankruptcy
May 04, 2022

Sri Lanka Is on the Brink of Bankruptcy

By Bharatha Mallawarachi
The island's usable foreign reserves are now down to less than $50 million.

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