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Kopi time is a podcast series on insights from markets and economies around the world, hosted by Taimur Baig, Ph.D., Chief Economist of DBS Bank Ltd.

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Kopi time is a podcast series on insights from markets and economies around the world, hosted by Taimur Baig, Ph.D., Chief Economist of DBS Bank Ltd.

    Kopi Time E040: Dr. Deborah Elms on RCEP, CPTPP, CAI

    Kopi Time E040: Dr. Deborah Elms on RCEP, CPTPP, CAI

    We start the new year with an engaging discussion on the implications of various trade and investment agreements in the region, with Dr. Deborah Elms, Founder and Executive Director of the Asian Trade Centre. How should companies prepare for RCEP? How deep and beneficial are the various stipulations of the agreement? Who will gain the most? What about CPTPP? Will the US come back to it? Who else is in line to join? What about digital trade and commerce in the region? Dr. Elms provides tangible and realistic insights on all this.

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    Kopi Time E039: Dr. Jenny Low on vaccines

    Kopi Time E039: Dr. Jenny Low on vaccines

    The year’s final Kopi Time podcast features a deep dive into the science of vaccines. Associate Professor Jenny Low, a senior consultant with the Department of Infectious Diseases in Singapore General Hospital, breaks down everything we need to know with respect to ongoing vaccine developments. Want to know the difference between the vaccines being developed by Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Pfizer? How are they being developed so much faster than ever before? How is effectiveness calculated? Can a vaccinated person be infectious? How long are we likely to remain immune after vaccination? How is Singapore’s efforts to develop a vaccine going? All this and more from Dr. Low, who is at the forefront of the fight to end this once-in-a-century pandemic.

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    Kopi Time E038: Stephen Schwartz, Fitch Ratings

    Kopi Time E038: Stephen Schwartz, Fitch Ratings

    Stephen Schwartz, head of Asia-Pacific Sovereigns at Fitch Ratings, joins Kopi Time to explain how the Covid-19 pandemic fits into sovereign ratings analysis. He outlines the recovery outlook and flags the sovereigns under most ratings pressure. We then scan the macro landscape with Stephen to highlight the key risks for next year, and the geopolitical factors involving the US and China that matter for this region.

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    Kopi Time E037: Ziad Haider on geopolitical risk management

    Kopi Time E037: Ziad Haider on geopolitical risk management

    Ziad Haider, Head of Geopolitical Risk and Director of Risk, Asia at McKinsey & Company, joins Kopi Time to talk about his work on risk analysis. In addition to shedding light on what he does in his current job, Ziad shares with us his experience in US presidential transitions. He also provides insights into what one can expect from the incoming Biden administration on relationship with China, Asean, and trade.  Finally, we discuss the way companies can prepare to manage the various axis of geopolitical risks that lie ahead.

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    Kopi Time E036: Eswar Prasad on USD, RMB, and CBDCs

    Kopi Time E036: Eswar Prasad on USD, RMB, and CBDCs

    Dr. Eswar Prasad, Tolani Senior Professor of Trade Policy at Cornell University, joins Kopi Time to share his deep insights on the global economic outlook and major developments in the currency world. He goes deep into the arguments over why the US dollar reigns supreme and will likely continue to do so. He walks us through various initiatives that would increase the role of the Chinese RMB in global payments, but is skeptical that it would take up safe haven status. Eswar then delves into the promises and challenges of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs). He goes over the possible applications, as well as regulatory and financial stability concerns involving CBDCs, both in developed and emerging economies.  

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    Kopi Time E035: Marsha Vande Berg on US elections

    Kopi Time E035: Marsha Vande Berg on US elections

    Dr. Marsha Vande Berg, fellow with the Distinguished Careers Institute at Stanford University, talks about the significance and implication of the  2020 US presidential elections. We discuss  the impact on domestic policy, ranging from the key outstanding issues in pandemic management, healthcare, inequality, climate change, infrastructure, and jobs. We talk about the persistent polarisation getting in the way of fundamental reforms time and again.  We then shift to foreign and trade policy implications for China, North Asia, Asean, and India.

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This is one of my favourite channels on Apple Podcasts. Taimur’s podcasts have covered a wide range of current issues. Invited speakers deliver useful insights on the macro trends. There are always new things to be learned whenever a new episode is out.

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