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  • And the rebound "is going to be capped," says HSBC economist Fred Neumann, because of changes in the world economy, including how American consumers are "much more frugal" than a decade ago. Asian exports to the United States have risen this year, but Neumann says such growth now is more driven by investment in software development and shale-oil drilling than by...

  • Why the BOT is holding back on a rate cut Tuesday, 9 Jun 2015 | 9:46 PM ET
    Why the BOT is holding back on a rate cut

    Vishnu Varathan, senior economist at Mizuho Bank, says the Bank of Thailand is avoiding another rate cut due to concerns over volatility in capital flows and core inflation.

  • Are Asia’s markets facing a 'hike hissy'? Tuesday, 9 Jun 2015 | 7:26 PM ET

    Markets across Asia have dropped precipitously, but it's more of a hike hissy than a replay of the taper tantrum rout two years ago, analysts said.

  • BANGKOK, June 4- Thai consumer confidence slipped for a fifth straight month in May, a university survey showed on Thursday, as low commodity prices and worries over the faltering economy hurt consumption. The consumer confidence index of the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce fell to 75.6 in May from 76.6 in April. One year after the coup, Southeast Asia's...

  • Bangkok will reclaim top tourist spot title: MasterCard Wednesday, 3 Jun 2015 | 9:45 PM ET
    Bangkok will reclaim top tourist spot title: MasterCard

    Eric Schneider, Group head for APAC at MasterCard Advisors, says Bangkok's tourism sector is seeing rapid recovery and will reclaim its title as the world's most visited city "very shortly."

  • Meth cheaper than a Whopper meal in much of Asia Monday, 1 Jun 2015 | 2:36 PM ET
    Bags of methamphetamine pills seized by the Thai narcotic police department are seen on display before being incinerated in Ayutthaya on September 17, 2011.

    Even Asia's most destitute peasants can now afford meth if they're willing to forego food for a day, GlobalPost reports.

  • *Don't single us out as cause of influx, says Myanmar. BANGKOK, May 29- Southeast Asian nations agreed on Friday to intensify search and rescue efforts to help vulnerable "boat people" stranded in the region's seas, as Myanmar said its navy had seized a vessel off its coast with more than 700 migrants aboard. More than 4,000 migrants have landed in Indonesia, Malaysia,...

  • JAKARTA, May 29- A slide in the Philippines' economic growth to its weakest in three years wraps up a slew of dismal data from Southeast Asia and adds pressure on governments to unleash some of their fiscal spending firepower given the limitation of monetary policy now. "Monetary policy has lost its punch... but we're not really seeing the fiscal authorities step up,"...

  • BANGKOK, May 28- Thai factory output tumbled more than expected in April, the latest evidence that the country's key economic engines remain wobbly and the junta is struggling to move the economy forward. With exports and domestic demand still weak, Southeast Asia's second-largest economy has not regained traction one year after the army took power to end...

  • Migrant crisis: Malaysia finds 139 mass graves Monday, 25 May 2015 | 4:05 AM ET
    Malaysia Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar speaks to the media during press conference announcement of a suspected mass grave site of ethnic Rohingyas between the Malaysia-Thailand borders.

    Malaysia uncovers 139 graves thought to contain the remains of migrants scattered around suspected human trafficking camps.

  • Ex-Thai PM: Time to end constitutional debate Sunday, 24 May 2015 | 6:38 PM ET
    Ex-Thai PM: Time to end constitutional debate

    Abhisit Vejjajiva, former Prime Minister of Thailand, says a referendum will help to eradicate any questions about the constitution's legitimacy and avoid further conflicts.

  • Thailand coup one year on: Stable but stuck? Friday, 22 May 2015 | 12:51 AM ET
    Thai soldiers parade during celebrations of the Royal Thai Armed Forces Day at a military base in Bangkok, Thailand on January 18, 2015

    One year after Thailand's coup, politics may have stabilized, but investors are cautious amid doubts over when the military junta might relinquish power.

  • Amid volatility, Thai stocks look attractive: CLSA Friday, 22 May 2015 | 12:39 AM ET
    Amid volatility, Thai stocks look attractive: CLSA

    Prinn Panitchpakdi, Thailand Country Head at CLSA, says Thai markets offer opportunities for long-term investors based on historical price-to-earnings and price-to-book valuations.

  • Why Nomura cut its 2015 GDP forecast for Thailand Friday, 22 May 2015 | 12:16 AM ET
    Why Nomura cut its 2015 GDP forecast for Thailand

    Rob Subbaraman, chief economist, Asia ex-Japan at Nomura, says the Bank of Thailand is "overburdened" and more measures to help the economy must come from the fiscal policy and reforms.

  • SET CEO: This is propping up Thai stocks Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 11:40 PM ET
    SET CEO: This is propping up Thai stocks

    Kesara Manchusree, president & CEO of SET, says robust interest from Thailand's retail investors helped the benchmark SET index to withstand last year's political crisis.

  • TREA: Thai rice subsidy scheme was 'nonsense' Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 11:24 PM ET
    TREA: Thai rice subsidy scheme was 'nonsense'

    Vichai Sriprasert, honorary president of Thai Rice Exporters Association (TREA), says prices of grains now adhere to market mechanisms after the military ended the controversial price-support scheme.

  • BOT: 'Happy with Thai baht at the moment' Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 10:41 PM ET
    BOT: 'Happy with Thai baht at the moment'

    Prasarn Trairatvorakul, governor of Bank of Thailand, says the current levels of Thai baht is "more in line" with regional currencies.

  • Tracking the slowdown in Thai credit spending Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 9:39 PM ET
    Tracking the slowdown in Thai credit spending

    Darren Buckley, President of AmCham and country head and country officer of Citibank Thailand, says there is a slowdown in credit card spending and a pick up in the delinquency rate in Thailand.

  • Why US investors are not deterred by Thai crisis Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 9:34 PM ET
    Why US investors are not deterred by Thai crisis

    Darren Buckley, President of AmCham, explains why foreign direct investment from the U.S. into Thailand increased nearly 5-fold in 2014 despite the country's political instability.

  • Hana Electronics CEO: '2014 was a good year' Thursday, 21 May 2015 | 8:35 PM ET
    Hana Electronics CEO: '2014 was a good year'

    Richard Han, CEO of Hana Electronics, says last year's military coup resulted in much-needed stability that allowed businesses to return to normal in Thailand.