FT Confidential Research, macro insights from the ground up

Predictive analysis and statistical insight into China and Southeast Asia

Since 2009, FT Confidential Research (FTCR) has been providing independent in-depth, data-driven analysis on China and Southeast Asia macroeconomics and key economic sectors.

We deploy an unparalleled network of on-the-ground researchers who regularly interview thousands of consumers and hundreds of companies, generating proprietary data on areas such as freight movement, infrastructure, migrant labour and shadow banking trends across China and e-commerce in Southeast Asia.

Our research is used by global investors, fund managers, consultants and central banks, among others.

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The difference with FTCR analysis

A unique insight into macro, industry and consumer sentiment

In a global economy and intertwined financial markets, FTCR’s analysis gives you the trusted insight into China and Southeast Asian economies you need to make informed decisions.

Over 5 articles a week and a monthly in-depth report on China

With our proprietary data underpinning our analysis we offer an impartial view on the markets and industries that shape the world's second largest economy.

6 monthly indicators on China's key economic industries

Prepared with on-the-ground data collected by our 8 researchers, more than 200 data points collected through monthly surveys and validated with our 5 years of historical data.

FTCR China Business Activity Index (BAI)

Based on conversations with more than 700 companies in China’s freight, export and real estate industries. FTCR China BAI provides critical insight into on-the-ground conditions in the world’s most important emerging economy.

Published well ahead of key market-moving indicators, the BAI gives a vital competitive edge to the global investor community.

Our team
David Wilder, Principal China
David leads our team of researchers in China, the UK and the US and is editorial director of our coverage of the Chinese financial system, macroeconomy and consumer. David has 15 years of experience in financial journalism, focusing on Asian financial markets and economic policy-making. A Chinese speaker, he is a graduate of King's College London and the London School of Economics.
Liz Chong, Principal Asean
Liz began her career at Bloomberg News before joining the Times. She then moved into finance, working in research for a hedge fund investor. She focused on macro analysis and the stability of major financial institutions during the credit crisis. Liz joined FT Confidential Research in 2012 to set up Asean Confidential. She is a graduate of the London School of Economics.
Jeremy Grant, Managing editor
Jeremy is Managing Editor of FT Confidential Research, joining following an 18-year career as a journalist with the Financial Times. His most recent role was as FT correspondent based in Singapore, where he covered Singapore, Malaysia and corporate issues across South-east Asia. He has also worked as a correspondent in Vietnam and Hong Kong, the US and Germany.

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