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Market Overview: Singapore

While there has been some uncertainty in recent times, Singapore continues to perform as a strong business centric economy. Despite initial estimates, the economy grew faster than initially expected in the second quarter, signalling a recovery following a stumble earlier in the year. According to the Ministry of Trade and…

Market overview: United Kingdom

In the Global Business Monitor in 2016, I noted that the UK had two years of economic turbulence ahead. One year on, it certainly feels as though we are in the eye of the storm. Whether this lasts for another year only is perhaps wishful thinking. Since the UK’s historic…

Market overview: Hong Kong

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the transfer of sovereignty over Hong Kong from the United Kingdom to China, referred to as “the Handover” internationally or “the Return” in China, which took place on 1 July 1997. As one of the world’s leading international financial centres, Hong Kong has…

Market overview: The Netherlands

Now a constitutional monarchy headed by King Willem-Alexander, the Netherlands, (literally meaning “lower countries”, influenced by its flat geography), began as a republic in the 16th century, where it proceeded to become one of the world’s foremost maritime trading nations. Today, the Netherlands, the sixth-largest economy in the European Union,[1]…

Market Overview: Poland

The largest economy in Central Europe has continued to demonstrate positive economic growth in 2017, following a slight slowdown in 2016. Economic growth is expected to accelerate to 3.3% in the 12 months to December 2017, compared to 2.8% in 2016, supported by stronger foreign investment. Looking towards 2018 and…

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