Money Matters

China is in the midst of structural transformation from a manufacturing-driven economy to a consumption-led one; from a state-directed command economy structure to being market driven. It’s also gradually working…

A time for analysis, not panic

Friday, 29 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 5 By Paul Gambles Co-founder of MBMG Group
Don’t panic! DON’T PANIC! (starts to walk up and down excitedly) – Lance-Corporal Jack Jones (played by Clive Dunn), Dad’s Army, BBC Television 1968-1977 Earlier this week a major UK…
Whether you’re an entrepreneur, potential entrepreneur or someone who merely reads the business pages of the newspaper, you will probably have heard of crowdfunding. Types of Crowdfunding That’s because crowdfunding…

Enjoy the thrills by planning ahead

Friday, 15 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 3 By Paul Gambles Co-founder of MBMG Group
You may never consider planning your finances up there with bungee jumping, zorbing or parascending as an adrenaline-pumping pastime; yet it can enable you to do the more thrilling things…
Robo-advisors seem to be the talk of the financial world at the moment. Type the term into an internet search engine and you’ll see scores of articles on the subject.…

Uruguay: an example for Thailand?

Friday, 01 January 2016 Issue Vol. XXIV No. 1 By Paul Gambles Co-founder of MBMG Group
As the Thai government pours money into alternative energy, an encouraging example is emerging from an unlikely place: South America. Back in June 2015, Thailand’s Ministry of Energy embarked on…

The Fed needs to kick its habit, Part 2

Friday, 25 December 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 52 By Paul Gambles Co-founder of MBMG Group
It’s an asylum run by the inmates - Ernest Borgnine, on Hollywood Here we go again! The hints are there but whether the decision-makers at the Federal Reserve will actually…

The Fed needs to kick its habit, Part 1

Friday, 18 December 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 51 By Paul Gambles Co-founder of MBMG Group
It’s an asylum run by the inmates - Ernest Borgnine, on Hollywood Here we go again! The hints are there but whether the decision-makers at the Federal Reserve will actually…
If you own a property in Australia but don’t live there all year round, it may be worth looking at changing your loan or even selling up. There are several…

TPP: a fair Free Trade Agreement?

Friday, 04 December 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 49 By Paul Gambles Co-founder of MBMG Group
There’s a party about to start, to which Thailand has yet to be invited. The party’s a big one too: it includes 40% of the global economy.1 Is it one…
If you dream of sun, sand and sea but you’re worried about spending your entire pension inside a couple of years, Southeast Asia is one of the best places to…
If you’re earning a Thai Baht salary, Retirement Mutual Funds (RMFs) and Long-Term Equity Funds (LTFs) can represent an opportunity for sizeable tax savings – but you may have to…

Can AEC deliver for investors?

Friday, 13 November 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 46 By Paul Gambles Co-founder of MBMG Group
The Asean Economic Community – a sort of common market for Southeast Asia – is set to become some kind of reality at the end of the year and it’s…
The recent dip in Eurozone stock markets is a relief from recent inflated prices. Yet it doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s the right time to buy. Back in 2002, author…
A fascinating brochure crossed my desk the other day. It was entitled The 15-Minute Retirement Plan1 and gave a concise, easy-to-read guide to retirement planning. I describe the brochure as…
I was serious the other week when I told CNBC’s Stephen Sedgwick that we are in a really scary, over-priced asset market and that the best thing the Fed could…

The ECB is still getting it all wrong

Friday, 16 October 2015 Issue Vol. XXIII No. 42 By Paul Gambles Co-founder of MBMG Group
It’s fair to say that the Eurozone is in a bit of a mess. The European Central Bank’s answer to this so far has been to push austerity measures1 and…
Another case of debt As happened in Spain during the growth years,1 the private sector began to accumulate debt at an astounding rate – in the last ten years household…
It’s all about money. What we need to do is keep up public pressure for improvements in infrastructure, transport, sewerage. - Sócrates Brasileiro Sampaio de Souza Vieira de Oliveira, footballer,…
The manager’s indecision is final – Duncan McKenzie about Leeds United manager Jimmy Armfield, 1975 So after all the will they? won’t they? hype, the Federal Reserve has decided not…
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