Samantha Ho

Samantha Ho

Samantha Ho is a reporter and digital producer based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia covering corporate news, business, finance and economics.

Asia

India's services fall in historic slump, threaten deep recession

India's economy could shrink by 15 percent due to a plunge in manufacturing and services output, survey shows.

India's services fall in historic slump, threaten deep recession

Coronavirus pandemic

If not the virus, then protests: Hong Kong faces deeper recession

Hong Kong’s economy faces a double threat of the coronavirus pandemic and persistent anti-government protests.

If not the virus, then protests: Hong Kong faces deeper recession

Coronavirus pandemic

The great fall of China’s economy: GDP set for historic plunge

Economists say Beijing may announce its first-ever quarterly economic contraction as coronavirus shuts businesses.

The great fall of China’s economy: GDP set for historic plunge

Financial Markets

On a high: Stocks, oil rally after $2 trillion US stimulus deal

But analysts say euphoria will fade if there is no end in sight to coronavirus pandemic.

On a high: Stocks, oil rally after $2 trillion US stimulus deal

Coronavirus pandemic

Wild ride: Markets recoup some losses after virus-driven rout

In Asia, stocks hit lower limits but recover quickly as authorities announce measures to ease the virus's effects.

Wild ride: Markets recoup some losses after virus-driven rout

Coronavirus pandemic

Beware the bears: Shares sink after Trump halts Europe arrivals

Global share prices sank as analysts said they were sceptical about Trump's measures to curb the coronavirus outbreak.

Beware the bears: Shares sink after Trump halts Europe arrivals

Fossil Fuels

Oil's plunge is double trouble for the world's virus-hit markets

Oil prices have fallen to their lowest since 1991, adding pressure to economies already weakened by the coronavirus.

Oil's plunge is double trouble for the world's virus-hit markets

Malaysia

More women are entering company boardrooms, but not everywhere

Ahead of International Women's Day, research shows that firms are learning that more diversity equals better profits.

More women are entering company boardrooms, but not everywhere

Science & Technology

Spending, saving, socialising: What Asia's Generation Z craves

Asian teens are more willing to shop online, but also feel strongly about social issues according to a new study.

Spending, saving, socialising: What Asia's Generation Z craves

Tourism

Holiday cancelled? How the coronavirus is hurting tourism

With the health scare forcing Chinese visitors to stay at home, tourism across Asia and beyond is feeling the pain.

Holiday cancelled? How the coronavirus is hurting tourism

Indonesia

Could forest fires burn forever in Indonesia’s peatlands?

Environmental group blames two major pulp producers for some of the worst forest fires this year in new report.

Could forest fires burn forever in Indonesia’s peatlands?

Asia Pacific

China's great slowdown: Economic growth slumps to 27-year low

Ongoing trade tensions with US and limited space for stimulus measures further dampen China's economic outlook.

China's great slowdown: Economic growth slumps to 27-year low