• Time to sweeten your investment?

    Although the Singapore stock market is one of the more developed within Asia, it is both relatively small, and highly cyclical.  The country’s historical reliance […]

  • Offshore trading in ringgit non-deliverable forwards on EBS BrokerTec’s electronic platform has dropped by about 70 percent since policy makers took steps in November to deter foreign banks from trading the contracts. “From what I’ve heard from participants, it’s probably made it harder for some offshore investors in Malaysian …

  • While strong economic fundamentals argue in favor of a boost, concern over the U.S. president’s protectionist agenda -- and what it could mean for the trade-reliant region -- is behind the hesitation, said Sakthi Siva, Credit Suisse’s head of Asia-Pacific equity strategy in Singapore. “The only thing holding us back from …

  • Top Global chairwoman looks to privatisation

    Top Global’s Executive Chairwoman, Oei Siu Hoa, has offered to buy up the rest of the company for 33 Singapore cents per share, in a bid to delist and privatise it...

  • 2 in 3 financial services leaders get headaches from recruiting millennials

    According to independent research commissioned by recruitment company Robert Half, financial services organisations are adapting their recruitment processes to entice high-calibre millennial candidates. Two in three (66%) financial services leaders in Singapore say Gen Y (those born in 1977-1995) financial services professionals …

  • Singapore CPI expected to climb 1.2% in 2017

    Partly because of increased commodity prices. Inflation has been on a rising trend since December, noted RHB Research, with the island’s consumer price index (CPI) rising 0.6% year-on-year over 2M17, compared ...

  • Only 32% of Singaporean employees are willing to become entrepreneurs

    Fear of failure holds them back. When looking at stereotypes, although it seems that employees in Western countries may be more likely to take the leap into the world of entrepreneurship, recruitment firm Randstad’s latest Workmonitor research revealed otherwise. 37% of employees in Singapore, Hong Kong, and Malaysia …

  • Singapore's current account surplus projected to hit $80.3b in 2017

    According to RHB Research, Singapore recorded a balance of payments deficit of S$3.9b in 4Q16, recoiling from its S$5.4b surplus achieved the quarter before. “Current account surplus decreased to S$18.1b, from S$22.8b in the previous quarter, dragged by a smaller goods surplus and increased services export deficit,” said …

  • Daily Markets Briefing: STI up 0.99% Singapore Business Review
    Daily Markets Briefing: STI up 0.99%

    YTD performance now hit +9.62%. The Straits Times Index (STI) ended 30.94 points or 0.99% higher to 3157.82, taking the year-to-date performance to +9.62%, according to SGX. The top active stocks Tuesday, ...

  • Daily Briefing: Not all HDBs are for SERS; Finance tips from Budget 2017

    From Property Guru via Yahoo: The vast majority of HDB flats will see their leases run out, with the flats returned to the government. Do not assume that all old HDB flats are automatically eligible for the Selective En bloc Redevelopment Scheme (SERS), cautioned National Development Minister Lawrence Wong in a blog post …

  • This Little Known Company In Singapore May Just Have The Biggest Responsibility In Our Banking Sector. Here’s What They Do

    Probably the most important company in Singapore you never heard about. The post This Little Known Company In Singapore May Just Have The Biggest Responsibility In Our Banking Sector. Here’s What They Do appeared first on DollarsAndSense.sg.

  • While Indonesia’s coal output will be higher next year than in 2013, production of key mineral exports including bauxite, tin and nickel will still be well behind the commodity cycle’s peak, BMI Research estimates. “Indonesia is growing 5 percent -- that’s pretty good -- but it used to grow 6 percent because of commodities. …

  • Deposed former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra answers a question during an interview in New York, on March 9, 2016

    Thai tax officials slapped ousted Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra with a $500 million bill on Tuesday, resurrecting a dispute at the centre of the kingdom's decade-long political rift. The controversy centres around whether Thaksin, who currently lives in self-exile, should have paid taxes on the sale of his telecoms …

  • Less than 2 in 5 Singaporean business leaders think their tech strategies are "mature"

    "Line of business" (LOB) leaders in Singapore expect digital technologies to change what they do in the future, and they placed high priority on technology-related skills when asked what they will need in the future to succeed in their roles, according to a research by Fujitsu. With the exception of Finance leaders seeing …

  • Who are the winners and losers in Singapore's services sector?

    The sector is forecast to grow 1.2% this year. Services activities slowed to +1% in 2016, after growing 3.2% the year before. The sector remained mixed and would likely trudge along at almost a similar ...

  • Construction activities in Singapore to grow 0.8% this year

    It declined 2.8% last year. RHB expects construction activities to grow 0.8% this year, on the back of a low base effect, ramp-up of ongoing infrastructure projects, and accelerated public civil works ...

  • Tang Yuxiang, chairman of Zhengzhou Yutong Bus Co., said the world’s biggest bus maker has vehicles in more than 130 markets outside the U.S. -- including Singapore, Russia and Saudi Arabia. “We won’t do business in North America,” Tang, 63, said. “China and the U.S. don’t have a very good relationship.

  • CapitaLand inks mall management deal with SingPost

    CapitaLand will oversee the 269,000 sq ft SingPost Centre mall. CapitaLand Limited, through its wholly owned shopping mall business CapitaLand Mall Asia, has signed its first third-party mall management contract in Singapore with Singapore Post (SingPost) for its upcoming mall at the new SingPost Centre.

  • Singapore's GDP to grow 2.2% in 2017: analyst

    RHB provides 3 factors that could support its forecast. The recovery in global exports lifts all boats, but none more so than Singapore’s. RHB notes that the island’s GDP picked up to 2.9% year-on-year ...

  • Office market pops the champagne on high pre-commitment rates

    Marina One is already 60% pre-leased. The lower GDP growth and economic uncertainty continue to weigh on the office market but the market in Singapore is showing signs of bottoming, according to CBRE. “Notwithstanding Singapore’s exposure to concerns around the geopolitical landscape in the global economy, Singapore’s …

  • Singapore investors shun real estate deals in home market

    Unlike other countries in the Asia Pacific, Singapore saw domestic real estate investment drop 16 percent in 2016, while inbound investment...

  • CapitaLand signs mall management contract with SingPost

    CapitaLand Limited has inked its first third-party mall management contract in Singapore with Singapore Post (SingPost) for its upcoming mall at the new SingPost Centre. CapitaLand will oversee the pre-opening and retail management for the five-storey SingPost Centre mall. The scope of work will include overseeing the …

  • Only 7% of Singapore workers turn to formal courses to upgrade skills

    A massive 77% of them resort to self-learning. Most Singapore candidates are driving their own professional development agenda rather than looking to their employer to provide training, according to recruiting firm Hays. In the latest Hays poll, a massive 77% of Singapore respondents take responsibility for developing …

  • SGX could eye larger M&As with $395m war chest

    SGX is no stranger to M&A deals – it previously acquired the Energy Market Company (EMC) and the Baltic Exchange. Its attempted takeover of the Australian Securities Exchange (SGX) was also highly publicised, according to CIMB.

  • Chart of the Day: NODX up 14.7% in January-February

    It said recent economic data from Singapore and the region has been encouraging, with Q4- 2016 GDP growth ending on a high note at 2.9% yoy. The recent pick-up in Asia’s export performance also supports optimism for Singapore’s growth (given that Singapore’s trade accounts for 350% of its GDP)," reported Standard Chartered. …

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