2014 is the year we may well see the global economy changing direction from the past 5 years of dismal performance. The United States is showing small signs of growth, which means Quantitative Easing will finally start to be reduced, when will we therefore start to see any change in interest rate policy in the US?
After many years of stagnated growth Japan is starting to show signs of life: but now we will see a 60% hike in their consumption tax. This is expected to deliver a major hot to the Japanese economy and there will be flow on effects.
The EU economy is also showing signs of having bottomed out with a forecast of 1% GDP expansion for 2014 – but this could be the year when we see the ECB instigating a US style QE to attempt to boost any signs of recovery. Finally China is showing signs of slower GDP growth at around 7.4%, if you can really call adding $700 billion to the China economy a slowdown.
Back home in Thailand the political turmoil means any 2014 GDP forecast have gone out the window, the Thai Baht is holding up (at the moment) and the SET is poised at the precipice of a potential drop with the liquidity down by 80% over the past 12 months
Due to the change in date speakers are being confirmed but to include
> Luc de Waegh: a local expert who has lived and worked in the Thailand and Myanmar for more than 16 years will be presenting his insights and thoughts on opportunities and risks in the region.
> David Ingles: Bloomberg expert on Asian markets
> Stephen Hinch: Thailand securities analyst and head of MBMG Capital Partners
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Entry Fee: 300 Baht Payable at the door but online bookings are required
There can be no walk ins to the event