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Venkatesan Vembu

  • Book review: Your mind is a monkey and it plays tricks on you

    In the late 1990s, cognitive psychologists Chris Chabris and Dan Simons conducted an experiment that has since become one of the most widely demonstrated and discussed psychological studies ever.

    Sunday, 30 January 2011 - 3:19am
  • ‘Talk of scrapping the euro or of countries leaving the euro is far-fetched’

    Nobel Prize winning economist Robert Mundell, who has done pioneering work in monetary dynamics and optimum currency areas, is frequently referred to as the “father of the euro”.

    Monday, 24 January 2011 - 4:44am
  • China’s ‘dollar bark’ is worse than its bite

    Ahead of a black-tie state banquet being hosted in his honour by US President Barack Obama later today, Chinese President Hu Jintao has ‘thanked’ his host by dropping a rhetorical low-yield thermonuclear device on the front lawns of the White House.

    Wednesday, 19 January 2011 - 2:37am
  • Run for cover! More turmoil ahead in eurozone

    European finance ministers are meeting to determine a new strategy to contain negative sentiment from the debt crisis and potential contagion.

    Tuesday, 18 January 2011 - 2:15am
  • And you thought Bangalore was bad

    From Bangalore to Beijing, a traffic-free drive is an unattainable aim. Metropolises worldwide are grappling with rising ‘commuter pain’, says a global survey. It’s small consolation, but traffic jams are a bane not just for ‘namma’ city.

    Tuesday, 18 January 2011 - 8:30am
  • Stamp of ‘monkey business’ fortune for worker in China

    A former postal worker in China who once earned barely 30 yuan (about Rs210) a month has become a millionaire several times over in one of the most unlikely rags-to-riches stories to come from a China on the rise.

    Monday, 17 January 2011 - 3:00am
  • Inflation in India may prove hard to bring down: Frederic Neumann

    Though Asian economies in general have bounced back remarkably from the downturn of two years ago, there are also big risks, reasons HSBC’s co-head of Asian economics research Frederic Neumann.

    Monday, 17 January 2011 - 2:20am
  • Indian equities will underperform the rest of the region: Garry Evans

    Despite the recent correction in Indian equities, there are still some things about the market that leave HSBC’s global head of equity strategy Garry Evans unimpressed.

    Monday, 17 January 2011 - 2:18am
  • Book review: A one-handed economist battles ‘zombies’

    Economist John Quiggin narrates a spooky tale of how mainstream free-market theories which had been disproved by the financial crisis are still floating around, like “unliving, un-dead zombies” that are crawling out of the grave.

    Sunday, 16 January 2011 - 2:25am
  • Private kitchens of Hong Kong

    Private kitchens in Hong Kong cater to connoisseurs of the fine dining experience who are looking for something that run-of-the-mill restaurants typically do not provide.

    Sunday, 16 January 2011 - 2:52am