India: Can JustDial ride the Internet wave with Search Plus?

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JustDial Ltd’s shares have underperformed the broader market indices by a huge margin in the past year. One of the reasons cited for this was the delay in the launch of its Search Plus business, an attempt at capturing the growth of e-commerce in the Indian market. The company finally… Read more »

Non-English speakers present $800m market opportunity in India’s online retail: EY

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Expanding e-tailing to non-English speakers presents an untapped market opportunity of $800 million, or 15% of the $5.2 billion revenue generated by the segment in 2014, according to a study by consulting firm EY. The study says the available pool of Internet users that can be targeted in India is… Read more »


Emerging markets drive formulation of ‘new normal’: Pascal Blanqué

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The financial world order has yet to stabilise into a new normal following the last global crisis, but Amundi Asset Management’s global chief investment officer Pascal Blanqué believes that a new ‘normal’, with a greater level of complexity will be the order of the day. “Typical reaction of the markets is… Read more »


For carmakers, taxi-hailing apps Ola, Uber pose fresh challenge

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For generations of Indians, owning a car has been a status symbol, a clear statement of having arrived in life. The desire to buy new cars has led to choked roads and rising pollution in all major cities, as infrastructure struggles to keep pace with the car-buying frenzy. So everyone took notice… Read more »


StanChart feels the heat of Emerging Markets slowdown

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Standard Chartered Plc’s Indian depository receipts offered local investors one way of diversifying their exposure outside India. As a largely Asia-centred bank, it was able to escape the ravages of the great recession. But things have gone pear-shaped now with key Asian markets such as China and India flagging and… Read more »


Limited by land: Rent control, floating real estate, REIT restrictions might help solve Singapore’s realty woes

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Singapore’s businesses, whether large corporations, small & medium enterprises (SMEs), single proprietorships or entrepreneurial ventures, are facing significant pressures on multiple fronts. Many of these challanges are rooted in the city-state’s finite supply of land. Recently, Yongnam Holdings had to purchase industrial freehold land in Johor as a permanent solution to the shortage… Read more »


Developing fintech: Cross-discplinary learnings, multi-stakeholder participation needed

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As technology innovations permeate the Malaysian financial sector, industry doyens need to wake up – fast – to the opportunities that fintech entrepreneurs are creating while reshaping the the face of the country’s financial services landscape. The long-time players will need to draw technological experiences from across other industries, and can adapt to fintech… Read more »


P2P lending, payment solutions, on-demand revolution are upcoming trends in SEA: Khailee Ng

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As the e-commerce and fintech sectors in Southeast Asia flourish, other emerging themes that 500 Startups has identified in the region are peer-to-peer (P2P) lending, payment solutions, enterprise services, mobile revolution and media, managing partner Khailee Ng says. These five areas, Ng believes, could produce the next startup unicorns, seeing… Read more »


Vietnam domestic biz not prepared for FTA-led integration with world economy: Experts

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With 15 signed free trade agreements (FTAs), Vietnam leads the ASEAN in terms of integration with the world economy. However, the competitiveness of the Vietnamese economy remains weak, despite the active integration, opined Vo Dai Luoc, former head of the Institute of World Economics and Politic, at the Autumn Economic Forum… Read more »


Exclusive: Vietnam government mulls crowdfunding policy framework

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The Vietnam Ministry of Planning and Investment is planning to introduce an official crowdfunding policy for Vietnam, DEALSTREETASIA has learnt. In fact, the ministry is already in the process of taking feedback from the local startups before the policy framework is finalised. While several venture capital firms and angel investors have been active in the country, like Cyberagent… Read more »