FT Confidential Research

View of high-rise apartment buildings at the construction site of a residential property project in Huai'an city, east China's Jiangsu province, 26 February 2017. © AP

China mortgage lending surges as house prices seen rising further

Authorities have been wary of cracking down too hard on a vital sector of the economy

  • Challenges in Malaysia point to delayed election

    Palm oil problems, political boundaries and Najib's ratings suggest no vote in 2017

  • Caution required on Indonesia's plan for Batam

    Issues with implementation mean that pay-off is likely to take several years

  • Asean-5 survey shows little faith in political leaders

    FTCR's Political Sentiment Index suggests last year's optimism is fading

  • Shine comes off Asean consumer confidence

    FTCR Economic Sentiment Index dragged down by Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines

  • Duterte's popularity on the line in southern Philippine conflict

    Drawn-out conflict and slow rehabilitation would hurt implementation of policy agenda

  • On-demand delivery becomes a crucial battleground in China's internet wars

    Potential of already-huge market drives billions in funding with profits elusive

  • China DataView: First-time home buyers priced out of big cities

    Upgraders become largest buyers as incomes fail to keep up with surging house prices

  • Asia DataView: Chinese and Indonesians confident even as ratings diverge

    China and Indonesia see different ratings actions but household sentiment aligns

  • Korea Inc's China problems go beyond anti-missile system spat

    FTCR survey data show Korean names losing ground long before diplomatic row

  • Job insecurity rises in ASEAN despite economic recovery

    Survey finds GDP growth failing to boost labour markets

  • Philippine tax reform compromises may limit infrastructure drive

    Legislative spats over tax reforms could also concern credit rating agencies

  • Adidas edges out Nike in race for female Chinese shoppers

    Latest FTCR survey finds Nike most popular overall but Adidas winning among women

  • Malaysians believe it is a bad time to buy property

    Consumers concerned over state of economy despite rise in growth

  • Chinese manufacturing jobs vanish as robots take over

    Migrant workers vulnerable to companies chasing productivity gains through automation

  • Asean DataView -- Vietnamese feel better off

    Vietnamese rank their financial wellbeing highest among Asean households

  • Chinese households expect yuan to hit 10-year low in 2017

    Forex demand rises on expectations the currency will fall another 5.5%

  • Indonesian car demand set to weaken to near 2014 levels

    Sluggish economic growth puts brake on consumer spending

  • Chinese capital curbs to crimp Thai real estate inflows

    FTCR survey finds growing demand among middle-income buyers but forex controls hurt

  • Lower-tier Chinese cities to drive auto demand in 2017

    FT Confidential Research data predict rising sales, though tax increase will drag