FT Confidential Research

Cryptocurrencies are seen on a website that tracks the value of initial coin offerings (ICO) © Reuters

Southeast Asia ready to embrace blockchain

Central banks are wary of cryptocurrencies but keen on the underlying technology

  • Real estate woes hit China business activity

    FTCR index at three-month low as tighter credit dents housing sales

  • Indonesia's mobile payments industry to enter defining year

    Competition, technology and regulations bring boost to mobile payments

  • Telcos and banks battle over Philippines cashless payments

    Cashless transactions growing, but compatibility and security issues remain

  • Urban China goes private as universal health cover falls short

    Rising incomes allow more households to supplement the overburdened government system

  • Political fatigue wears on Thai consumers

    Election, economy damp political sentiment as one-year royal mourning period ends

  • Malaysia struggles to attract more tourists

    Total visitor arrivals fall as border-crossing fees bite

  • Thai households still suffer debt hangover

    FTCR data show consumer debt will remain a drag on the economy; regulations will help

  • China crackdown on pollution and housing to hit excavator sales

    Dealers see triple-digit sales growth ending as winter approaches

  • China congress will disappoint hopes for radical economic change

    Leadership has highlighted gradual approach to policy commitments

  • Electric vehicle race is on in Southeast Asia

    Thailand and Malaysia most likely to attract investment in domestic production

  • Strong service sector boosts China labor demand

    FTCR China Labour Market Index up in September but historically weak

  • China's Zhengzhou banishes ghosts but struggles for second act

    City ambitious to become regional hub but real estate and infrastructure hold sway

  • Struggle for foreign brands in China spreads to provinces

    FTCR data show multinationals under pressure from local rivals in key urban markets

  • Road looking clear for car-hailing in the Philippines

    Despite Uber's recent suspension, regulatory improvements likely for the sector

  • Informal jobs sector both a blessing and curse in Southeast Asia

    Unemployment rates low but income growth slowing

  • Banking in Cambodia: the money keeps flowing

    Strong growth continues but potential risks loom

  • Malaysians most pessimistic among Asean-5

    Sluggish growth and corruption scandal weigh on political and economic sentiment

  • Philippines outsourcing has human and robot problems

    Slowing growth requires workforce with better skills, creative AI response

  • China's online payments duopoly of one

    Alipay will lead WeChat Pay thanks to superior shopping and investment options