Who Has The World’s Largest Economy?

The World Bank’s International Comparison Program (ICP) has just released its latest measures of price levels and gross domestic product (GDP) across 176 countries, and the results are striking. For the first time ever, the ICP finds that China’s total real (inflation-adjusted) income is slightly larger than that of the United States (US).

1 June 2020

The currency manipulation game

The trade war between the United States (US) and China is heating up again, with US President Donald Trump abruptly announcing plans to impose a 10 percent tariff on the US$300 billion worth of imports from China that he had so far left untouched. The Chinese authorities then allowed their currency, the renminbi, to fall below the symbolic threshold of CN¥7 per US dollar.

11 August 2019

Weaponizing the yuan

China's move to devalue its currency could prove to be a double-edged sword in its escalating trade war with the United States (US), offsetting tariffs but potentially hurting Beijing's efforts to shore up its weakening economy, analysts say.Although China's central bank governor Yi Gang insisted Monday that the country would "not engage in competitive devaluation", Washington wasted no time in formally labelling Beijing a currency manipulator when the yuan plunged be

9 August 2019

Why is the Renminbi depreciating?

China’s currency has started falling again. The last major depreciation of the Chinese renminbi began in the second half of 2015, triggered by a surge in capital outflows. Despite repeated interventions by the People’s Bank of China (PBOC), markets remained frenzied for more than a year. The currency’s value fell to nearly CN¥7 per United States (US) dollar, before stabilizing in early 2017.The latest decline has been even sharper.

30 August 2018

Vietnam's dong feels the heat

Think the latest yuan rout is over? Tell that to Vietnam.The slide in China’s currency paused this week after jawboning by the central bank, which told commercial lenders it has the tools to stabilize the market and urged them to avoid “herd behaviour,” it was reported Tuesday.

10 August 2018

Jokowi's growth target remains a dream

For President Joko Widodo, the Indonesian economy is offering little cheer as he gears up to run for a second term.Growth is nowhere near the seven percent Widodo envisioned when he took office in 2014, and he has to once again contend with a currency rout and a widening current-account deficit.

6 August 2018

Philippine GDP growth exceeds 6% for a ninth consecutive quarter

The Philippine economy grew more than six percent for a ninth consecutive quarter, cementing its position as one of the fastest-expanding in the world.Key Points Gross domestic product increased 6.9 percent in the third quarter from a year earlier, the Philippine Statistics Authority said in Manila Thursday, after expanding a revised 6.7 percent in the previous three months.

16 November 2017

Vietnam's central bank confident of keeping currency stable

Vietnam’s central bank said record-high foreign reserves will enable it to keep the currency stable for the rest of the year as the government focuses on boosting growth in the Southeast Asian economy.With reserve levels at 45 billion dollars, “we are confident that we will be able to maintain the dong’s value,” in 2017, Nguyen Thi Hong, deputy governor of State Bank of Vietnam, said on the sidelines of a meeting in Hoi An on Saturday.

23 October 2017

Thailand's growth rebound has room to run

Thailand’s already “very accommodative” monetary policy is fuelling robust growth that’s spreading across the economy, said Bank of Thailand Governor Veerathai Santiprabhob.The outlook comes as an exports revival in Thailand gains momentum despite a recent rise in the nation’s currency, the baht. Better demand from key trading partners is helping to offset strength in the exchange rate, Veerathai said.

15 October 2017

World Bank sees currency risk in Southeast Asia

Malaysia, and to a lesser degree Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines, remain more exposed to exchange rate risk than other developing economies in East Asia and the Pacific as global financial conditions tighten, the World Bank said.Companies and banks in these countries have sizeable external debt, although foreign exchange reserves currently appear adequate, the Washington-based multilateral lender said in a report on Wednesday.

4 October 2017

Stable Vietnam currency aids central bank in growth push

Vietnamese working abroad and sending money home will help keep the currency stable and enable the central bank to focus on supporting economic growth, a senior official said.Nguyen Hoang Minh, deputy head of the State Bank of Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh, said remittances to the city are forecast to rise 10 percent to 5.5 billion dollars this year, helping ensure enough supply of foreign currency.

26 September 2017

Philippines is the region's lone rate hike candidate

With Indonesia and Vietnam cutting interest rates in the past two months and Thailand fending off pressure to do the same, the Philippines is emerging as the region’s lone candidate for a rate increase this year.While all economists surveyed by Bloomberg predict Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (the Central Bank of the Philippines) will hold its benchmark rate at a record-low of three percent on Thursday, a separate poll showed almost half forecast an increase by the fourth quarter.

21 September 2017