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Taiwan’s Value and Positioning in a Bipolar World

The US and Japan have released a joint statement to the effect that multiple countries may get involved in the case of an armed conflict in the Taiwan Strait. Cross-Strait tensions have become a geopolitical issue of global concern. Whether or not Taiwan and China can peacefully resolve their differences and create a prosperous joint future in East...

Working towards a bilingual nation and more globally oriented financial sector

The Taiwan Banker recently sat down with Leo Seewald, President of AmCham Taiwan, to discuss Taiwan’s bilingual nation initiative, efforts to make the financial sector more globally oriented. Seewald also offered his views on how Taiwan can use fintech to help young people with their financial planning.  Before serving as AmCham’s...

China's CBDC lead could be ephemeral

China currently leads the world in the development of a central bank digital currency (CBDC). While most countries are still in the planning stage, China launched a small-scale pilot program for the digital renminbi in 2020. Known as digital currency, electronic payment (DCEP), the blockchain-based currency will be more widely tested this year, inc...

Financial Trusts Will Become an Important Pillar in an Aging Taiwan

23,604,265. That was Taiwan’s peak population, reached in January 2020 before that figure began to slowly recede. According to estimates by the National Development Council, in 30 years, it will fall back to 20 million, its approximate level 30 years ago. Over the past 60 years, the post-war baby boom has gradually eased, and the economic env...

Central Banks Sound the Alarm on Asset Prices

U.S. stocks and Taiwan stocks have repeatedly challenged historical highs, and real estate prices have continued to rise. Is this a rare investment opportunity, or calm before the storm? According to December 25 Central Bank report on the “Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic and Countermeasures,” “ultra-loose monetary policy in respon...

Family Support is not an Adequate Solution for Dementia

The problems with Taiwan’s demographic dependency ratio – the number of old and young people for each working-age person aged 15-65– are well-known. According to 2019 figures from the UN’s Department of Economic and Social Affairs, its current ratio of 40% is under control, but that number is set to explode in the coming dec...

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