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Thailand unveils $10b stimulus package to ease trade war pain

Bloomberg Thailand plans a 316-billion-baht ($10.2 billion) package of government spending and loans to counter an economic slowdown caused by the US-China trade war and currency strength. The package includes help for farmers and people on low incomes, as well as initiatives to bolster consumer spending and investment, Finance Minister ...

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Private funding needed for Asia infra: Singapore

Bloomberg Governments in Asia are seeking to tap private investment for the region’s substantial infrastructure needs as the current rate of public financing is “insufficient and unsustainable,” said Indranee Rajah, Singapore’s second minister for finance and education. Globally, government financing accounts for 40% of infrastructure expenditure, and 70% in emerging ...

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Hiring in Australia soars as new jobs defy forecast

Bloomberg Australia’s labour market surged in July, adding almost three times the forecast number of jobs, while unemployment remained stuck at 5.2% as the workforce swelled to a fresh record. The economy added 41,100 roles from the previous month, with more than three-quarters of them full-time, the statistics bureau said ...

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Fear factor for US consumer is rising, fuelling recession risk

Bloomberg If self-reinforcing recession fears are the greatest risk to the record-long US expansion, as posited by Bank of America Corp. Chief Executive Officer Brian Moynihan, the latest consumer sentiment report hinted that those concerns may be starting to emerge. “We have nothing to fear about a recession right now ...

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Germany ready to raise debt if recession hits, reports Spiegel

Bloomberg Germany’s government is ready to run a budget deficit if Europe’s largest economy collapses, magazine Der Spiegel reported. Chancellor Angela Merkel and Finance Minister Olaf Scholz would be willing to increase debt in order to offset a tax revenue shortfall due to an economic slump, the magazine said, citing ...

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