Economics

A new book by Alibaba’s chief strategy officer, Dr Ming Zeng, explains how Alibaba’s model was developed and how it keeps the company on a growth path.

Alibaba’s Ming Zeng: applying technology to every part of the purchase chain


On being appointed the sixth head of the prestigious Melbourne Business School in March 2018, Professor Ian Harper’s mandate was to re-engage MBS with the university and various major external stakeholders. Photographer: Jarrod Barnes.

Economist Ian Harper's grand plans for business education


Knowledge alone isn't enough to improve someone's financial health; it's about what you can do with that knowledge. Here's why financial literacy is so important.

Half of all Australians struggle with financial literacy. Are you one?


Slavery and bribery are likely to be top of the agenda for financial regulators in 2019. Here's a look at the landscape for regulations in the Asia-Pacific.

The regulations you face in 2019: Asia-Pacific snapshot


'Customers can design their own sports shoes at Nike's four-story flagship store in Shanghai.

Tested in China: why the country is now the world's retail lab


When it comes to economic growth, productivity and profit margins, the “silver tsunami” of boomers poses a complex set of questions for governments and employers.

How to stem the exodus of ageing boomers from the workforce and hold back the silver tsunami


Those surveyed believe the main challenge for China’s economy is rising global economic uncertainty.

China business cautiously optimistic


尽管区块链通常被视为一种单一的技术,但其实它还可以细分为:公共区块链和私有区块链。

私有区块链和公共区块链有何区别?


The Australian property market recorded the weakest conditions since the global financial crisis, with national home values down by 4.1 per cent over the year to November.

Property downturn affects SME confidence


If the stigma around bankruptcy diminishes, rogue bankrupts could become less concerned about the consequences and creditors could suffer greater losses.

Bankruptcy exclusion period: will dropping it to one year really improve economic growth?


Three experts forecast what the top issues will be for global business in 2019.

Business forecast 2019: the top issues


A perfect storm of ageing populations, low interest rate environments that stymie compound interest, and high government debt is placing enormous pressure on many retirement systems.

Retirement: future-proofing your nest egg


The term “shadow bank” was initially coined in the US, just before the onset of the 2008 global financial crisis (GFC), to describe the risky mortgage-backed securities structures set up by banks to offload unwanted loans from their balance sheets.

Shadow banks: a disaster in the making?


The Australian Government’s long-awaited equity crowdfunding reforms have finally been passed.

New era for equity crowdfunding


The first incarnation of Singles’ Day as a retail event in China didn’t take place until 2009, when Alibaba got on board.

China’s Singles’ Day: why November 11 is the world’s biggest retail event


Brian Forde believes developing countries will move into cryptocurrency adoption ahead of developed countries.

Brian Forde: Bitcoin and blockchain can restore trust


Don’t be fooled into thinking people are data-driven – they’re just fishing for data to support the decision they have already made.

How behavioural economics can transform accountant/client relationships


Accountants should remember that they will remain the “anxiety transfer experts” for clients, allaying fears and concerns and delivering insights into their business.

Accountants and AI: adapting to the digital future


The Malaysian Government is forecasting that the budget deficit will grow to RM53.3 billion in 2018 from RM40.3 billion in 2017.

Malaysian budget highlights: 3 key areas of focus


The Pikachu Outbreak event in Yokohama, Japan.

Pokemon v Redbubble heads for round 2


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