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Manu writes regularly for The Edge Singapore where these blogs first appeared.

  • Mr. Manu Bhaskran
    Thailand has endured more than 12 years of successive political crises and economic stresses. In recent months, the news flow appears to have brightened a tad, raising the hopes that Thailand might finally be coming out of its long dark patch. There is growing evidence that the current cyclical recovery can be sustained, so the near term outlook seems to be better. Encouragingly, there are also so
  • Mr. Manu Bhaskran
    Hardly a day passes these days without some news item that breathlessly reports yet another threat to Singapore's regional hub position. There is much concern about China’s mega projects under its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which some say will create rivals to Singapore. There is also talk about our neighbours' ambitions to displace Singapore in airports, ports and related services which ar
  • Mr. Manu Bhaskran
    After languishing for many years because of cooling measures enforced by the Government, rising transaction volumes and stabilising property prices are encouraging hopes for a property market revival. The government’s tweaks to some of the macroprudential cooling measures have added to these hopes. But are these hopes realistic? The context: the insidious impact of property prices Before
  • Mr. Manu Bhaskran
    After a long period of generally desultory performance, the Singapore economy is stirring to life. Economic growth has picked up, exports are reviving and even the property sector seems to be improving. Yet, other indicators are less exciting, raising the question of whether this rebound is sustainable. So, what is really going on and what are the prospects for Singapore? Overall, the economy i
  • Mr. Manu Bhaskran
    The Philippine economy has defied the naysayers, continuing to grow at a rapid pace that has placed it as Southeast Asia's fastest growing nation. Encouragingly, the Duterte Administration’s respected economic policy team has built on past reforms to introduce new initiatives to strengthen the base for future growth. However, while President Duterte remains popular and retains the political init
  • Mr. Manu Bhaskran
    Love it or hate it, Asia is inextricably tied into the US and however much China has grown in importance, it is still the US which will be the principal driver of Asia’s fortunes in the next few years. The good news is that the American economy appears poised for a strong pickup, one which will give a nice boost to the Asian economies. But beyond that cyclical bounce, several things could go wro