Katrina Hamlin is a columnist and production editor based in Hong Kong. She writes on topics including environmental policy, cleantech and green finance, and also covers the gambling industry in Macau and Asia. Before joining Reuters in 2012, Katrina was deputy managing editor of Shanghai Business Review magazine. She graduated from the University of Oxford with an MA in Classics, and earned a Masters of Journalism with distinction from the University of Hong Kong.
Regulators in the world’s largest gambling hub could allow new players onto the casino floor when licenses expire in 2020. With frayed U.S.-China relations dealing American giants Sands and Wynn a weak hand, homegrown names like Suncity and Golden Dragon will try their luck.
Looking back at last year’s forecasts, our crystal ball produced some hits: Presidents Trump and Xi unsettled global growth, bitcoin bombed, scandals rocked Japan, and #MeToo broke into the boardroom. But halting Saudi reforms and drooping Apple shares were among the bloopers.
Startup founders have flourished in the region, taking over where old-school tycoons left off. Yet after Carlos Ghosn and a storm at JD, shareholders see charismatic bosses as liabilities too. Such concerns may mean unwanted attention at SoftBank, Foxconn and others in 2019.