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Growing old before getting rich

Asia’s old age time bomb – why now is the time to take action

Asia’s old age time bomb – why now is the time to take action

Trade beyond borders | 15 Feb 2017

Supply chains in a post-Brexit world – the reality check

Our expert looks at the challenge posed by Brexit to UK supply chains

Our expert looks at the challenge posed by Brexit to UK supply chains

Trade beyond borders | 24 Jan 2017

Africa trends to watch in 2017

Growth in Africa should recover following a subdued performance in 2016 – just don’t expect too much, too fast

Growth in Africa should recover following a subdued performance in 2016 – just don’t expect too much, too fast

Trade beyond borders | 23 Jan 2017

Women’s jobs at risk from tech disruption

Men stand to gain one job for every three jobs lost, while women will gain one for every five

Men stand to gain one job for every three jobs lost, while women will gain one for every five

Navigate the future | 8 Dec 2016

China’s Belt and Road gains traction

China’s foreign investment could double by 2020 – good news for global growth

China’s foreign investment could double by 2020 – good news for global growth

Trade beyond borders | 2 Dec 2016

Trump, Brexit and European politics

Following Donald Trump’s surprise victory, which other countries in the West could see a populist regime change?

Following Donald Trump’s surprise victory, which other countries in the West could see a populist regime change?

Trade beyond borders | 18 Nov 2016

Chart: the world’s most global cities

London, New York and Paris are the world’s most ‘global’ cities, but three Asian contenders could disrupt the order

London, New York and Paris are the world’s most ‘global’ cities, but three Asian contenders could disrupt the order

Trade beyond borders | 10 Oct 2016

Why investors should not lose sight of India’s potential

India’s policy reforms may be gradual in pace, but they will have a positive impact

India’s policy reforms may be gradual in pace, but they will have a positive impact

Trade beyond borders | 5 Oct 2016

How to escape the productivity slump

We look at the potential winners and losers in the race to generate growth and jobs from services

We look at the potential winners and losers in the race to generate growth and jobs from services

Trade beyond borders | 22 Sep 2016

Chart: Brexit – lessons from the Swiss

The Swiss-EU trade deal was years in the making. The EU is unlikely to want a repeat in its post-Brexit…

The Swiss-EU trade deal was years in the making. The EU is unlikely to want a repeat in its post-Brexit…

Trade beyond borders | 13 Sep 2016

Chart: a climate deal with huge economic impact

Why the Paris climate deal is particularly good news for emerging markets

Why the Paris climate deal is particularly good news for emerging markets

Trade beyond borders | 9 Aug 2016

Chart: One in two lacks internet access

Access to the internet is still profoundly uneven, between continents and countries. But regions with low penetration rates are catching…

Access to the internet is still profoundly uneven, between continents and countries. But regions with low penetration rates are catching…

Navigate the future | 4 Aug 2016

Robotics: the future of low-cost manufacturing

ASEAN must embrace technology in order to remain a low-cost manufacturing hub

ASEAN must embrace technology in order to remain a low-cost manufacturing hub

Navigate the future | 4 Aug 2016

Brexit: global implications

Standard Chartered’s economists on the global impact of the UK’s vote to leave the European Union

Standard Chartered’s economists on the global impact of the UK’s vote to leave the European Union

Trade beyond borders | 27 Jun 2016

Brexit: ‘remain’ campaign is losing momentum

The polls are inconclusive, but it’s clear the ‘remain’ campaign has lost its major lead

The polls are inconclusive, but it’s clear the ‘remain’ campaign has lost its major lead

Trade beyond borders | 9 May 2016

Infographic: China’s bond market at a glance

Domestic investors hold most of China’s bonds, but foreign ownership could more than triple by 2020

Domestic investors hold most of China’s bonds, but foreign ownership could more than triple by 2020

Trade beyond borders | 27 Apr 2016

How to spot an opportunity entrepreneur

Some entrepreneurs create more jobs than others – telling the difference can be vital for governments, our survey shows

Some entrepreneurs create more jobs than others – telling the difference can be vital for governments, our survey shows

Expand your business | 26 Apr 2016

Asia leverage – after the boom

Asian companies and governments are dealing with the consequences of over-borrowing, and China remains the biggest concern

Asian companies and governments are dealing with the consequences of over-borrowing, and China remains the biggest concern

Trade beyond borders | 1 Apr 2016

Money, money, money – the forgotten indicator

There may be growth surprises ahead, if you know where to look

There may be growth surprises ahead, if you know where to look

Trade beyond borders | 15 Mar 2016