Singapore inks agreements on tax-information exchange

SINGAPORE inked two agreements in the Netherlands on Wednesday, signifying that it has moved a step further in its commitment to automatically exchange tax information with other jurisdictions, under global efforts to address issues such as tax evasion and tax avoidance.

Asian cities among world's most expensive for expatriates: Mercer

GLOBALISATION may have boosted the growth strategy of many companies, but it does not necessarily follow that operating overseas always makes sense - cost-wise, at least.

New scheme opens doors in Asean for Singapore accountants

SINGAPORE accountants will soon find it easier to operate in markets across the region, thanks to a new accreditation available to the profession here.

Singapore to ink agreements to enhance tax cooperation on exchange of information

SINGAPORE will be inking two agreements to enhance tax cooperation on the exchange of information.

Manulife US Reit's private placement oversubscribed

STRONG investor interest has led to the private placement of new units in Manulife US Real Estate Investment Trust (Manulife US Reit) being oversubscribed.

Manulife US Reit placement oversubscribed, gross proceeds up to US$80.5m

MANULIFE US Real Estate Management, the manager of Manulife US Real Estate Investment Trust (Manulife US Reit), announced on Tuesday that its private placement of 73.6 million new units in Manulife US Reit was "well over-subscribed with strong participation from new and existing institutional...

SGX highlights consumer plays with China focus

BEST World International, Shangri-La Asia and Hanwell Holdings have been singled out by the Singapore Exchange (SGX) as being among the best-performing Singapore consumer plays with a China focus.

Asian firms 'still not ready for new hedge accounting'

WITH less than six months to go before hedge and financial-assets accounting is overhauled worldwide - with the largest impact expected for banks and financial institutions - preparers in Asia appear to be less than ready for it.

Smaller Asian firms offer best long-term potential: Schroders

IT IS the Davids of the corporate world that appear to be offering the best long-term investment potential in Asia, these days.
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Far from (The) Ordinary

THE Ordinary is a range of apothecary-style skincare products from just about the hottest beauty company in existence right now: Deciem.

Boustead Projects' Q4 earnings jump 165% on one-off gains

REAL-ESTATE player Boustead Projects reported a 165 per cent jump in fourth-quarter earnings, thanks mainly to one-off gains for the period.

Boustead Projects' Q4 profit jumps 165%

BOUSTEAD Projects reported on Monday a 165 per cent jump in fourth-quarter net profit attributable to shareholders to S$14.3 million in the three months ended March 31, 2017, from S$5.4 million the year before.

Sunvic Chemical narrows Q1 loss as revenue rises

SUNVIC Chemical Holdings reported on Tuesday a narrowing of its fiscal first-quarter losses.

Sunvic Chemical narrows losses in Q1

SUNVIC Chemical Holdings on Tuesday reported a narrowing of its fiscal first-quarter losses.

Golden Energy's coal mining division boosts Q1 profit

INDONESIAN coal mining group Golden Energy and Resources (GEAR) reported a sharp jump in its net profit for its fiscal first quarter, coming on the back of much-improved takings by its coal mining division.

Golden Energy sees Q1 revenue boosted by coal mining division

INDONESIAN coal mining group Golden Energy and Resources (Gear) reported a sharp jump in net profit attributable to shareholders for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017. Its net profit went up to US$19 million, from US$1.7 million the year before.

Quarterly reporting: the road ahead

MANDATORY quarterly reporting may soon have its head on a plate, going by recent rumblings from the regulatory domain here.

eSports goes from gaming to big money league

WITH eSports having just been announced as an official medal sport for the 2022 Asian Games in China, it is time to recognise just how established and lucrative the competitive gaming industry has become.

New SIAS chair aims to grow investor activism, education

GROWING investor advocacy and board accountability, and dealing with the ongoing challenge of obtaining funding, will be at the top of the agenda for former Singapore Exchange (SGX) chief Magnus Bocker in his new role as honorary chairman of Singapore's investor advocacy group, the Securities...

Bunching up of AGMs in April getting worse, says report

LISTED companies are continuing to cluster their annual general meetings (AGMs) around the same handful of days a year - in particular, the last two business days of April.
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An effective board, not a gender diverse one, should be the end-goal

THE debate over whether companies should be legislated into having a certain proportion of female representation on their boards has taken centre stage again, with recent calls - by a minister, no less - for targets to be set for female directors.

Companies continue to cluster AGMs around same days in April: report

SINGAPORE-LISTED companies continued to cluster their annual general meetings (AGMs) and extraordinary general meetings (EGMs) around the same few days in April last year.
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Japan Hour, eat your heart out

IF you haven't already got Netflix, Terrace House is the reason you should. The Japanese social experiment is not one of the more high-profile programmes that the media streaming company tends to promote, but it's a real gem...

Only 1 in 4 businesses here is 'change-agile': Mercer

DESPITE recognising the rapid changes wrought by this fast-changing digital age, only 4 per cent of business executives around the world said their organisations are "change-agile"...

Changes to Companies Act take effect March 31

SIGNIFICANT changes to the law governing companies will come into effect in just a matter of weeks.