Indonesian companies tap P2P funds in fintech boom

Peer-to-peer lending (P2P) platforms in Indonesia reportedly transacted some US$1.4 billion in 2018, up from US$20 million in 2016.

Optimism about Vietnam benefiting from trade tensions but worth sifting through the "hype": Citi

Despite optimism about Vietnam reaping the benefits of supply chain migration in the wake of trade tensions between the US and China, risks from a global slowdown and capacity constraints remain. 

Growing wave of companies announcing supply chain shifts

The number of companies announcing supply chain shifts more than doubled in March-April compared with the first two months of the year, according to a Citi study of 71 companies' supply chain adjustment announcements. 

Anti-corruption drive drove up Viet property prices: report

But authorities are taking steps to alleviate this, says ISEAS researcher

Narrow tax base could hamper M'sian fiscal consolidation: report

It could also limit the fiscal space to counter adverse economic shocks

Shortage of talent for Malaysia's digital banking push: Hays

Digital experts are in short supply, says the recruitment firm

Mobile app users in SEA cost less to acquire: report

App marketing study also finds that SEA Android users cost less, spend more

Supply chains may be shifting to Vietnam: reports

Economists note that FDI from China, Hong Kong has surged

Asean needs to improve capabilities, integration to benefit from supply chain diversion: HSBC

Southeast Asia cannot expect to see a wide-scale divergence of supply chains moving to the region unless there are improvements in technology, capacity and regional integration, said HSBC.

Low risk that Vietnam will be labelled as “currency manipulator”: Maybank Kim Eng

The semi-annual US Treasury report is expected to be released this month and Vietnam is at a low risk of being labelled as a ‘currency manipulator’ in the report, said Maybank Kim Eng Securities.

US's Huawei ban amplifies downside risk on Asian semiconductor cycle

ASEAN's semiconductor exports to China, particularly Malaysia's, could be directly hurt, following the US's Huawei ban

Indonesia elections: Widodo will need to reunite the country after its most divisive election yet

Businesses willing to align their commercial interests with the development goals of incumbent Indonesian President Joko Widodo, who is poised to win a second term, and that are perceived to be sensitive to local issues, particularly Islamic ones, are likely to receive better support for their...

Mood of consumers in Thailand and Indonesia on the upswing: Credit Suisse Emerging Consumer Survey

The mood amongst Thai consumers is surprisingly encouraging compared to our impression on various macro-economic indicators, according to the latest consumer survey launched by the Credit Suisse Research Institute, which looked at Thailand for the first time. 

Maturing Thai mobile market raises risks for telcos

Thai telecom operators are likely to continue to face pressure on mobile-service revenues, beset by slowing growth in data revenue. 

UOB scales up offerings for small businesses across region

As part of efforts to scale its offerings to small businesses across the region, United Overseas Bank has announced a series of solutions targeting different pain points. 

Robust growth prospects but prominent risks for Cambodia: Moody's

In particular, the potential loss of preferential trade access could hurt exports

Indonesia outperforms for geothermal energy: Fitch Solutions

The country is second only to the US in estimated geothermal power capacity

Asean tourism: room to grow but more needs to be done

Watch out for infrastructure gaps and over-reliance on casinos: report

Full trade war could cut Asia growth by 2pp through 2020: economists

This would be the case even with easier monetary and fiscal policies, said Deutsche Bank Asia economists

Fresh spending package gives little boost to Thai economy: Analysts

THAILAND’S latest stimulus package may not be a cure-all for economic woes, private analysts have warned, as domestic demand joins export woes and a tourism slump as downside risks.