In China, suicides by indebted students have made headlines in recent years. Online lenders offering fast cash have become popular, but students underestimate the consequences they are potentially facing.
Once popular only with startups, small and medium-sized businesses are increasingly turning to crowdfunding to raise cash. When they bypass traditional lenders, firms can get their money faster and without the red tape.
The Malaysian government's crowdfunding initiative has attracted millions of dollars. While public enthusiasm and donations are unlikely to abate soon, the fund has its fair share of skeptics.
Government plans for a new wave of austerity measures later this summer sparked the workers' revolt. Greece has been mired in a debt crisis since 2009, and the end of the third international bailout is looming.
Nepal is distancing itself more and more from its powerful neighbor India and turning to China. But more dependence on Beijing could entail certain risks for the developing country, says DW’s Frank Sieren.
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