Macro insights
from the ground up

Independent economic indicators for a competitive edge.

FT Confidential Research is an independent research service from the Financial Times, providing in-depth analysis and statistical insight into China and Asean. We provide original, unbiased information for investors and corporates, to better inform strategic decisions.

Unlike research produced by investment banks and brokers, our offering is completely impartial. Our network of on-the-ground researchers provide proprietary data on key sectors in the region, collected through monthly and quarterly surveys. Combined with in-house analysis, this results in exclusive, actionable intelligence so readers can stay ahead of the market.


Our approach to research

We believe that a flexible, multichannel approach to research is fundamental to providing the intelligence needed to form a business plan or investment strategy. As such, our research combines:

Quantitative insight

Quantitative insight derived from wide-ranging, rigorously designed and implemented proprietary surveys across our geographic coverage. We have built high-quality, repeatable data sets that pick up developing grassroots trends in real time, but also allow for trend analysis over time.

Qualitative insight

Qualitative insight from our network of researchers, who provide a window into developments before they surface elsewhere.

In-depth Analysis

In-depth analysis by our team of country and sector experts, puts our quantitative and qualitative research in context. We identify key macro and industry-specific trends, to equip senior executives with unique intelligence to inform decision-making.

Our Coverage

We offer extensive coverage of China and national coverage of the key emerging markets within Southeast Asia, to provide readers with proprietary, data-driven analysis on macro,
sectoral and company trends.

We use the help of partners to survey thousands of consumers and companies to produce monthly indices on China and Asean key economic indicators. These are prepared with on-the-ground data, using more than 200 data points and validated with five years of historical data, so readers can benefit from trend analysis over time.

China Indices

China indices include:

  • Freight
  • Exports
  • Real estate
  • Cosumer sentiment
  • Labour

Asean Indices

Asean indices include:

  • Economic sentiment, political sentiment and consumer sentiment
  • Household income
  • Future consumer borrowing
  • Property purchase index

Our Researchers

David Wilder

Head of China Research & Managing Editor

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 policymaking.

A Chinese speaker, he is a graduate of King's College London and the London School of Economics.

Anton Alifandi

Head of Asean Research

Anton leads our team of researchers in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines.

He has worked as a political risk analyst in London and Singapore and prior to that was a journalist in London and Jakarta.

Anton is an Indonesian speaker and a graduate of the London School of Economics and Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia.

Sample Research

FT Confidential Research

Chinese housing’s not-so-great rejuvenation

Developers report a quiet lead-in to Golden Week as officials refuse to budge on policy

FT Confidential Research

Short-term Chinese cheer masks deeper-seated concerns

Sentiment may be resilient but more than a fifth would emigrate if they could

FT Confidential Research

China’s struggle to manage economic slowing pains 

Admirably restrained approach to policy making may not be enough to manage growth slide

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