Finance: Russians slated to return to Phuket

Finance: Russians slated to return to Phuket

PHUKET: The economy of Phuket will pick up over the next couple of years because the Russian economy, ruble and stock market are finally recovering. Russia’s energy and commodity driven economy was hit hard by low energy and commodity prices, along with President Obama’s sanctions in response to the annexation of Crimea in 2014 and other troubles in Eastern Ukraine. The election of Donald Trump offers hope in thawing frosty US-Russia relations. However, it might be difficult to get Congress to significantly ease or eliminate the sanctions altogether. Russian business sentiment, consumer confidence and capital/investment

Thursday, March 16, 2017 | 02:00 PM

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Finance: Key areas investors must watch out for

Finance: Key areas investors must watch out for

PHUKET: Trump has been in office less than a month and already some of his most strident critics are acting as if it’s the end of the world. However, what investors need to remember is the fact that Trump faces an extremely hostile national/Washington DC press along with plenty of opposition from within his own government (such as Federal bureaucrats fearful of any effort to ‘drain the swamp’) and even within his own party (the so-called ‘establishment Republicans’ still bitter over their defeat in the primaries). While there are plenty of distractions being created by both Trump and his opponents, these are the thre

Monday, February 27, 2017 | 07:00 AM

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Finance: Securing your financial future

Finance: Securing your financial future

PHUKET: It really doesn’t matter if you make a little money or tonnes. If you can’t master this very important step you will never achieve financial freedom. It sounds all too simple in theory, yet in practice so many people have trouble staying disciplined. The step I am referring to is committing to setting aside a minimum of 10 per cent of all income you make and putting it into long term savings. The following discussion is not about what you do with this money, but simply getting you to understand how crucial it is to your future and those of your loved ones. Most people have no idea how big the trade-off is when t

Monday, March 6, 2017 | 11:00 AM

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Business Buzz: Establish your online presence from scratch

Business Buzz: Establish your online presence from scratch

PHUKET: Many people have asked me how to get started with an online presence, so I have put together a quick overview assuming I was starting from scratch (but knowing what I do now). Facebook Page The very first thing you could do is start a Facebook fan page. This can easily be set up without any skill, cost or time delays and you can connect with a few billion people instantly. You could pay someone on fiverr.com to design a cover photo and profile picture and set it up as a local business. An early priority would be to quickly get some content up, and invite all your Facebook friends to like and share the pag

Monday, March 20, 2017 | 11:00 AM

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Banyan Tree Group bags seven accolades

Banyan Tree Group bags seven accolades

PHUKET: The Banyan Tree group clinched seven awards at the recent Travel & Leisure 'China Annual Travel Awards 2016', adding to a growing list of accolades for the Banyan Tree brand. The luxury lifestyle magazine named Banyan Tree Phuket as the winner in the ‘Best Spa Resorts’ category, while also recognizing Laguna Golf Phuket as one of 2016’s top ten golf courses. In China, three other hotels and spas under the group were awarded ‘Best Resort Hotel’, ‘Best Newly-opened Spa’ and ‘Best Spa Resort’. Travel & Leisure magazine also named Banyan Tree Spa as the ‘Best Spa Brand’, while Ba

Saturday, March 25, 2017 | 11:00 AM

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