Monday, Sep 11, 2017

TOP STORIES

UOB, HSBC join mortgage war with 3-year fixed-rate packages

BANKS in Singapore have started a mortgage war, spurred by the lower interest rate for a...
PUBLISHED Sep 11, 2017 05:50 AM

AIA's new firm 'luring hundreds of rival agents'

THE contest for experienced insurance agents in Singapore has renewed in recent months...
PUBLISHED Sep 11, 2017 05:50 AM

Private home prices to rise 10% by end-2018: Morgan Stanley

THE recovery in private home prices has started in the third quarter, Morgan Stanley...
PUBLISHED Sep 11, 2017 05:50 AM

Possible deluge of used cars ahead but impact uncertain

UBER could release as many as "3,000 to 4,000 cars" into the used market,...
PUBLISHED Sep 11, 2017 05:50 AM

Citi golf event donates S$500k to ChildAid

FOR the seventh consecutive year, Citi and Information Technology partners raised more...
PUBLISHED Sep 11, 2017 05:50 AM
YUM CHA

More room for HK's Octopus to extend its tentacles

WHEN news broke last month of Alibaba founder Jack Ma telling Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam...
PUBLISHED Sep 11, 2017 05:50 AM
WALL STREET INSIGHT

Hurricanes vs hikes - the storm before the calm?

US stocks were more or less flat last week as traders tried to wrap their arms around the...
PUBLISHED Sep 11, 2017 05:50 AM

The next oil major? Service firm Schlumberger bets big on production

THE world's largest oilfield services company, Schlumberger NV, is spending billions...
PUBLISHED Sep 11, 2017 05:50 AM

Millions flee or hunker down as deadly Irma slams into Florida

HURRICANE Irma, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded in the Atlantic, hit the US...
PUBLISHED Sep 11, 2017 05:50 AM

COMPANIES & MARKETS

TOPLINE

Transformation reverses AEM's fortunes

JUST about five years ago, AEM Holdings was on the SGX Watchlist. Fast forward to 2017,...
PUBLISHED Sep 11, 2017 05:50 AM
CHARTPOINT

Gold very likely to retest the 2016 high of US$1,375

TENSIONS are rising once again in Korean Peninsula after North Korea recently launched a...
PUBLISHED Sep 11, 2017 05:50 AM
EMERGING ENTERPRISE 2017

Bttrigtical reinvents water-in-oil detector

EVERYONE knows that oil and water do not mix. Unfortunately, this does not always apply,...
PUBLISHED Sep 11, 2017 05:50 AM
STOCKS

All eyes on N Korea moves, US debt-ceiling saga & dollar

NORTH Korean leader Kim Jong-un and US President Donald Trump share more than just...
PUBLISHED Sep 11, 2017 05:50 AM
WARRANTS A LOOK

Starburst's warrants deserve another look

MOST of the time, warrants will move in tandem to their underlying shares. However today...
PUBLISHED Sep 11, 2017 05:50 AM

Esteel making mandatory general offer for BRC Asia

A PRIVATE company, Esteel Enterprise, is making a mandatory general offer to acquire the...
PUBLISHED Sep 11, 2017 05:50 AM
INSIDE INSIGHTS

Buybacks rise, Oei Hong Leong increases Raffles Education stake

THE four trading sessions spanning Sept 4-7 saw the Straits Times Index (STI) decline 1.5...
PUBLISHED Sep 11, 2017 05:50 AM

REAL ESTATE

Hurricane delivers windfall to lucky high-ground owners

JUST a week after Hurricane Harvey struck Houston, Irma Jalifi was doing something that...
PUBLISHED Sep 11, 2017 05:50 AM

Cape Town boom a bust for long-time tenants

AS a child in the 1970s, Charmaine Marcus was forcefully removed from her Cape Town...
PUBLISHED Sep 11, 2017 05:50 AM

Family's ranch buy ends up with more land than New York City

PROPERTY developer Ronald Boeddeker and his wife, Kitty, were never interested in hunting.
PUBLISHED Sep 11, 2017 05:50 AM

En-bloc fever is back

THIS WEEK'S TOPIC: Why has en-bloc fever taken hold and what are its implications...
PUBLISHED Sep 11, 2017 05:50 AM

BANKING & FINANCE

COMMENTARY

Japan's banks must improve screening for card loans

A LOAN that exceeds a borrower's repayment ability can lead to a vortex of multiple...
PUBLISHED Sep 11, 2017 05:50 AM

Equifax's insurance likely to be inadequate against cyber breaches

EQUIFAX Inc's insurance against cyber breaches is likely to be inadequate to cover...
PUBLISHED Sep 11, 2017 05:50 AM

Bahrain tightens Islamic finance rules with mandatory external audit

BAHRAIN is tightening its rules for Islamic banks by requiring all of them to undergo...
PUBLISHED Sep 11, 2017 05:50 AM

ENERGY & COMMODITIES

COMMENTARY

Days of oil market's plastic fantasy may be numbered

KENYA'S mountains of plastic bags might not seem central to oil's grand...
PUBLISHED Sep 11, 2017 05:50 AM

Tanzania planning to nationalise diamonds valued at US$29.5m

TANZANIA said on Saturday that it planned to nationalise diamonds whose value it put at...
PUBLISHED Sep 11, 2017 05:50 AM

Aussie govt, firm at odds over fate of coal-fired plant

AUSTRALIA'S government is keeping the pressure on AGL Energy Ltd to extend the life...
PUBLISHED Sep 11, 2017 05:50 AM

Egypt throws grain market into tizzy after poppy seeds found in wheat

EGYPT is considering rejecting 59,000 tonnes of French wheat purchased by state grain...
PUBLISHED Sep 11, 2017 05:50 AM

TECHNOLOGY

Equifax's insurance likely to be inadequate against cyber breaches

EQUIFAX Inc's insurance against cyber breaches is likely to be inadequate to cover...
PUBLISHED Sep 11, 2017 05:50 AM

Apple out to renew iPhone frenzy at age 10

WITH Apple set to unveil its newest iPhones, a key question for the California tech giant...
PUBLISHED Sep 11, 2017 05:50 AM

These are not the robots we were promised

FROM the moment we humans first imagined having mechanical servants at our beck and call...
PUBLISHED Sep 11, 2017 05:50 AM

CONSUMER

New breast cancer drug data a boost for Eli Lilly

ELI Lilly staked its claim for a slice of sales in a new class of breast cancer drugs on...
PUBLISHED Sep 11, 2017 05:50 AM

Adnoc could list stake in fuel retail business by early 2018: sources

ABU Dhabi National Oil Co (Adnoc) could list more than 10 per cent of its fuel retail...
PUBLISHED Sep 11, 2017 05:50 AM

CVC 'mulls over first Mid-East deal' in hunt for new markets

CVC Capital Partners is considering its first investment in the Middle East as Europe...
PUBLISHED Sep 11, 2017 05:50 AM

Starbucks tempts lunch, dinner market with its sushi burrito

STARBUCKS has tried it all: First came cake pops, then truffle mac and cheese, and...
PUBLISHED Sep 11, 2017 05:50 AM

TRANSPORT

Airlines' sky-high fares for Irma evacuees trigger outrage

AMID complaints of airlines taking advantage of those trying to flee Hurricane Irma,...
PUBLISHED Sep 11, 2017 05:50 AM

China studying when to ban sales of traditional fuel cars

CHINA has begun studying when to ban the production and sale of cars that use traditional...
PUBLISHED Sep 11, 2017 05:50 AM

Fuel tankers plot routes to steer clear of monster Atlantic storms

TRADERS are shifting fuel tankers around the world like chess pieces to stay one step...
PUBLISHED Sep 11, 2017 05:50 AM

Clearing airport security with your finger and iris scans

AIRPORT terminals are often a maze of lines that choke check-in counters and kiosks,...
PUBLISHED Sep 11, 2017 05:50 AM

GOVERNMENT & ECONOMY

Flood of migrants causing tensions within European Union

EUROPEAN Union nation economies have been recovering from a low base, but high...
PUBLISHED Sep 11, 2017 05:50 AM

Merkel hopeful EU dispute over refugee issue will soon end

GERMAN Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was optimistic that a dispute over how to...
PUBLISHED Sep 11, 2017 05:50 AM

Aramco IPO process 'going ahead' even as Saudis redraw transformation plan

PLANS to sell a stake in Saudi Arabian Oil Co are "well under way," the...
PUBLISHED Sep 11, 2017 05:50 AM

Europe's bank regulators on hunt for risk specialists before Brexit

EUROPE'S regulators are competing to hire risk specialists to prepare for an influx...
PUBLISHED Sep 11, 2017 05:50 AM

BOE divided between economic growth and heading off inflation

YOU don't need to tell UK nurses what this week's inflation and wage data will...
PUBLISHED Sep 11, 2017 05:50 AM

Vietnam's floating market struggles to stay afloat

FIXING weighing scales used to be good business on Vietnam's floating Cai Rang...
PUBLISHED Sep 11, 2017 05:50 AM

Brexit fallout is driving UK firms to Nasdaq's Nordic market

THE head of European listings at Nasdaq Inc says Britain's decision to leave the...
PUBLISHED Sep 11, 2017 05:50 AM

Rohingya militants declare one-month ceasefire

ROHINGYA militants, whose Aug 25 raids in Myanmar's Rakhine State sparked an army...
PUBLISHED Sep 11, 2017 05:50 AM

Riyadh sides with Moscow as Syrian rebels lose favour

SAUDI Arabia may be the latest country to give up on regime change in Syria and fall in...
PUBLISHED Sep 11, 2017 05:50 AM

Russia urges talks to solve Gulf crisis

ARAB countries and Qatar should enter into direct talks to solve a diplomatic dispute,...
PUBLISHED Sep 11, 2017 05:50 AM

Cambodian opposition party to boycott vote on leader

CAMBODIA'S main opposition party will boycott a parliamentary vote to strip their...
PUBLISHED Sep 11, 2017 05:50 AM

Najib's US trip may affect 1MDB probe: activists

IN a room packed with Malaysian civil servants, foreign ministry secretary general Ramlan...
PUBLISHED Sep 11, 2017 05:50 AM

Cigarettes, cash and cover-ups: A US agency's shady actions

FOR seven years, agents at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)...
PUBLISHED Sep 11, 2017 05:50 AM

Japan backs US proposal to target North Korea's oil supplies

JAPAN backed a US push for the United Nations Security Council to vote on Monday on fresh...
PUBLISHED Sep 11, 2017 05:50 AM

LIFE & CULTURE

BT CORPORATE GOLF LEAGUE 2017

Ivan Chua a popular player of the round

HE is a household name at The Business Times Corporate Golf League, a tournament that...
PUBLISHED Sep 11, 2017 05:50 AM
COMPANY OF GOOD

Dishing out healthy food for a cause

A VEGETARIAN eatery that targets non-vegetarians. Sounds like a paradox but that was...
PUBLISHED Sep 11, 2017 05:50 AM

King of cool vs king of bling at NY Fashion Week

TWO of fashion's most flamboyant headline grabbers went head to head Saturday, as...
PUBLISHED Sep 11, 2017 05:50 AM

VIEWS FROM THE TOP

En-bloc fever is back

THIS WEEK'S TOPIC: Why has en-bloc fever taken hold and what are its implications...
PUBLISHED Sep 11, 2017 05:50 AM

OPINION

COMMENTARY

Japan's banks must improve screening for card loans

A LOAN that exceeds a borrower's repayment ability can lead to a vortex of multiple...
PUBLISHED Sep 11, 2017 05:50 AM
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