Friday, 19 September, 2014


Scots spurn independence, vote to stay in the United Kingdom

[EDINBURGH] Scotland has chosen to stay in the United Kingdom, spurning independence in a historic referendum that had worried allies and investors, results showed on Friday with more than two thirds of the vote declared.



BT’s Daily 3 - Full Stories

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UP till last year, Nov 5 held little significance for corporations in Singapore, but a spate of hacking incidents changed that. Almost overnight, CEOs were forced into acquaintance with the hacking collective called Anonymous, the Guy Fawkes celebration that it associated itself with and the cyber-havoc that it promised to wreak on that date.


FOR the Federal Reserve, this was the point of no return: an extraordinary half-decade of stimulus and rate cuts has almost certainly come to an end.



THE Singapore Exchange's (SGX) plan to boost its disciplinary powers to improve the quality of the market is long overdue - coming as it did after debacles such as the penny-stock collapse last year.


WITH a view to generating S$4.6 billion in revenue from emerging markets (EMs) by 2018, ophthalmic optics company Essilor has expanded its regional hub in Singapore.

Singapore Markets

THE stock market wanted the US Federal Reserve to retain the phrase "a considerable time" at its latest Open Markets Committee meeting and got what it wanted, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average on Wednesday rising to yet another all-time closing high.


[KUALA LUMPUR] In her native Malaysia, Hong Leong Islamic Bank chief executive Raja Teh Maimunah Raja Abdul Aziz says she has never felt discriminated against on the basis of her gender. Overseas, it's a different matter.


OPPONENTS of a bill to eliminate direct elections for Indonesian governors, mayors and other regional heads are calling on outgoing president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) to speak out in favour of the franchise that helped make him the country's first head of state who can claim a mandate from its citizens.


[BEIJING] China's home prices fell in August for a fourth straight month, official data showed on Thursday, underlining a deepening downtrend in the property market that is increasingly weighing on the broad economy.


[NEW DELHI] Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi won a pledge from Chinese President Xi Jinping to invest US$20 billion as the leaders sought to adjust a lopsided trade relationship and resolve a decades-long border dispute.


THE International Monetary Fund (IMF) warned on Thursday that increased risk taking and possible over-optimism in global financial markets "could trigger abrupt corrections" and that "valuations in virtually all major (financial) asset classes are stretched relative to past norms".

Transport Hub

[NEW DELHI] SpiceJet Ltd, the Indian budget airline that has posted four straight quarterly losses, is seeking to lower costs by flying fewer and newer aircraft to return to profit amid intensifying competition from AirAsia Bhd.

Editorial & Opinion

MAYBE it's because Singaporeans speak English so well. Or maybe it's because the country is so culturally diverse. Either way, multinational companies often rely on their Singaporean managers to be the cultural bridge between Westerners and Asians in the organisation.



THE world's biggest auction house, Christie's, is recognising the thirst for contemporary art among young collectors with not-so-deep pockets. So it has created a new platform called "Asia+/First Open" offering works by established artists at lower price estimates.


JUST when he least expects it, life rears its ugly head and bites Judd Altman (Jason Bateman), the producer of a popular radio show in New York. He goes home early one day and walks in on his wife in bed with his star talk show host. Then his sister calls to tell him that their father has just died - and things go rapidly downhill from there.


NOT many people will recognise the name Eve Hewson immediately but the feisty Irish starlet is determined to strike it out on her own rather than to simply be known as the daughter of one Paul David Hewson, better known as U2's frontman, Bono.



A LITTLE over four months after it announced a market- surprising deal to acquire Motorola Solutions' enterprise business for US$3.45 billion, Zebra Technologies is well...

Young Investor

LAST week, we began analysing the Q3 2013 income statement of sports shoes and casual wear retailer Eratat Lifestyle.

Dining Out

THIS may sound a little weird, but have you ever been to a restaurant and felt like slapping the menu?

Executive Money

SOUTH-EAST Asia's 100 largest publicly traded companies are becoming more vulnerable to default as their debt surges and profitability weakens.


[HONG KONG] Billionaires including Li Ka-shing and Robert Ng have cut debt at their Hong Kong developers to near-record lows in preparation to buy land as prices fall, a...

Raffles Conversation

GOOGLE the name Selina Chow, and you'll find a personal website littered with her career milestones and educational achievements. But interspersed amid the biodata are...


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