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Economic insight

  • 04 May 2022

    Web3: It’s time to level up

    Web 1.0 and 2.0? Been there, done that. Find out what Web3 has in store for you – or digital you.

  • 14 Feb 2022

    Tokenisation: Driving financial innovation and conservation

    Digital tokens could transform gold into a net zero asset – and protect the future of the Amazon rainforest.

  • 17 Jun 2021

    Central Bank Digital Currencies explained

    How they could drive growth and cut poverty – and mean tastier drinks at your coffee shop.

  • 22 Dec 2020

    A dose of optimism

    Vaccine breakthroughs should usher in a brighter dawn for global economic prospects for 2021, says HSBC’s Janet Henry.

  • 02 Dec 2020

    The edge of disruption

    The future is digital, but could growth driven by disruptive technologies come at a cost?

  • 26 Nov 2020

    How banking will change after COVID-19

    The pandemic and new technologies will have a permanent impact on the industry, says HSBC's Kevin Martin.

  • 17 Nov 2020

    Central banks develop digital currencies

    Sweden and mainland China could be the first places to issue their own digital currencies.

  • Asian nations sign new trade deal

    16 Nov 2020

    Asian nations sign new trade deal

    The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership moves the global centre of economic gravity further East.

  • 20 Oct 2020

    Waste not, want not

    Cutting food waste could help retailers protect the environment – and their reputation.

  • Heavy rain causes flooding in Ho Chi Minh City ( Saigon ) Thu Thiem District 2

    12 Oct 2020

    Climate is Asia’s next crisis

    Find out why the region must take more steps to mitigate climate change – and adapt to it.

  • People on the beach keeping social distance, beach of San Lorenzo in Gijón

    02 Oct 2020

    The end of the beginning

    Global GDP has begun to recover but challenges lie ahead, says HSBC’s Global Chief Economist Janet Henry.

  • Construction worker wearing safety harness and safety line working at high place

    25 Sep 2020

    Investors warm up to emerging markets

    Institutional investors are showing increasing confidence in emerging markets, according to HSBC’s latest survey.

  • 22 Sep 2020

    Climate in the COVID era

    As COVID-19 sharpens investors’ focus on environmental, social and governance issues, we highlight six developments to watch.

  • 14 Sep 2020

    Pandemic hastens digital economy

    COVID-19 has accelerated a switch to online living. What could it mean for societies worldwide?

  • Habor seal and plastic bottle

    03 Sep 2020

    Pandemic compounds plastics problem

    Coronavirus has led to an increase in plastic ocean waste – but could beetles and bugs be part of the solution?

  • The Rashtrapati Bhavan during sunset time, India.

    27 Aug 2020

    Asia’s tectonic demographic shifts

    We highlight 10 key trends that businesses and investors should have on their radar.

  • 14 Aug 2020

    Continental shift

    Can the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey take meaningful steps towards a low-carbon economy?

  • 11 Aug 2020

    Through the eyes of a robot

    Advances in machine vision are set to benefit industries ranging from farming to pharmaceuticals.

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