Investment

Financial Thaimes: Keep calm and ignore the noise

Financial Thaimes: Keep calm and ignore the noise

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As the Davos economic forum drew to a close earlier this year, there was an unusual consensus that the economic prospects for the world were positive. A week later, the Dow Jones experienced its largest sell-off in six years. As markets begin to rise back to their 2017 levels, I […]

Thailand hotel investment market sets new record in 2017

Thailand hotel investment market sets new record in 2017

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BANGKOK: Hotel investment transaction volume in Thailand hit an all-time high last year, totalling B17 billion, led by a number of marquee transactions, reports property consultancy JLL. Despite high levels of investor interest, transaction volume in 2018 is, however, unlikely to match 2017 as fewer investment grade hotel assets are […]

Thailand to launch ICO, cryptocurrency rules in March

Thailand to launch ICO, cryptocurrency rules in March

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BANGKOK: The Thai Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is set to introduce new regulations to supervise initial coin offerings (ICOs) and cryptocurrencies in March, while reiterating that investment in such financial instruments carries hefty risks, especially for small investors. The SEC expects to issue the regulatory framework over the next […]

The cost of learning – Who is paying for your children’s university fees?

The cost of learning – Who is paying for your children’s university fees?

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Are you an expat living in Phuket that has a young family, or maybe you are in the planning stages? If you have children, you may already be paying for tuition fees at a local international school, unless you are lucky enough to be on an expat contract with everything […]

Not all cryptocurrencies are the same

Not all cryptocurrencies are the same

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Thai companies wanting to raise public funds via Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) using cryptocurrencies should be required to follow the strict rules and regulations on Initial Public Offerings (IPOs), currently applied to stocks and other financial instruments, said experts. The cryptocurrency hype in Thailand has stepped up following an announcement […]

Future of money or a fraud? Deconstructing Bitcoin in the region

Future of money or a fraud? Deconstructing Bitcoin in the region

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Bitcoin’s popularity in Asia has had a positive influence on other alternative cryptocurrencies such as ethereum and litecoin. Clearly there is a great demand for such digital money, even though its volatility hurts. Asia has reacted both warmly and violently to the rising interest and craze in cryptocurrencies. Asian regulators […]

Financial Thaimes: Chasing your retirement

Financial Thaimes: Chasing your retirement

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Following my initial column “Personal Finance: Beyond the banking barrier”, it is time to focus on the things that specifically affect expats in Phuket, and elsewhere in Thailand, and those looking to move to the Land of Smiles. Hence, welcome to the new column “Financial Thaimes”. The first cab off […]

Thailand ranks high as Asia-Pacific hotel investment dips

Thailand ranks high as Asia-Pacific hotel investment dips

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BANGKOK: Thailand has recorded the third-highest level of hotel investment transactions by volume across the Asia-Pacific region so far this year to September, according to the latest figures released by international consultancy and broker JLL. Hong Kong led Asia Pacific by volume of hotel investment transactions, with 11 deals worth […]

Personal Finance: Beyond the banking barrier

Personal Finance: Beyond the banking barrier

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As an expat living in Phuket, you will more than likely have savings in a bank account back home, in Thailand or both. Saving into a bank account is the simplest and easiest way to accumulate and protect your wealth. For short-term needs such as shopping and holidays, banks are […]

Investing in Phuket – Strong fundamentals in a beach location

Investing in Phuket – Strong fundamentals in a beach location

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In the past few years, we have seen an increase in developers building projects that offer a hotel style setting, whereby a large well-branded hotel chain will manage the properties. With Phuket now being ranked as the fifth top holiday destination in the world, tourism is hotter than ever, attracting […]