Wednesday, Sep 20, 2017

TOP STORIES

SGX carrots for good compliance? One idea mooted is fast-track approval

REWARDING well-behaved companies with fast-tracked approval for corporate actions would...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

Toys 'R' Us files for bankruptcy protection in US

TOYS "R" Us Inc has filed for bankruptcy protection in the United States, but...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

BT journalists win SIAS top and special awards

REPORTERS of The Business Times Jamie Lee and Claire Huang were honoured for their...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

ASTI enters term sheet to divest units to China-based firm

MAINBOARD-LISTED technology group ASTI Holdings has entered into a non-binding term sheet...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

Ageing populations pose challenges but present business opportunities for Asia: Deloitte

AN AGEING population may be a concern and a challenge for many nations, but global...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

PM Lee, Premier Li reaffirm long-standing S'pore-China ties

PRIME Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang reaffirmed the warm and...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

US may have to 'totally destroy' North Korea, warns Trump

UNITED States President Donald Trump warned on Tuesday that the US will be forced to...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

Malaysia angling for tax revenue from foreign digital-services firms

MALAYSIA is looking to amend tax laws to ensure unregistered foreign digital-services...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

CSA to set up academy, signs training MOU

THE Cyber Security Agency of Singapore (CSA) has signed an MOU (memorandum of...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

Sunseap bags S$75m investment from listed Thai utility Banpu

MORE funds have poured into solar projects across Asia, as Singapore's Sunseap Group...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

STOCKS

HOT STOCK

IPC soars, fuelled by proposed hotel, robot firm deals

SHARES in IPC Corporation surged as much as 71 per cent on Tuesday on news of a hotel...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM
STOCKS

STI pulls back as Fed ponders tightening

THE Straits Times Index on Tuesday took its cue from movements in the Dow futures and the...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

Brokers' take

Thailand announced new excise taxes, which roughly translate to 1-5 per cent of average...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM
CURRENCIES

Dollar hits 8-week high against yen as Fed meets

The yen, which gains in times of crisis because Japan is the world's largest...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

Disrupting the stock exchange

"IT SEEMS like a way of living in hell without dying." That was the way James...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

COMPANIES & MARKETS

HOCK LOCK SIEW

US Reits headed here can only be a good thing

IT was certainly good news for the Singapore market when Keppel Capital, the asset...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM
HOT STOCK

IPC soars, fuelled by proposed hotel, robot firm deals

SHARES in IPC Corporation surged as much as 71 per cent on Tuesday on news of a hotel...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM
EMERGING ENTERPRISE 2017

Paying Homage to the elderly in Singapore

IN HER first 10 years, Gillian Tee was cared for by elderly people. As a child, she lived...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

Chartered accountants body develops sustainability reporting guide

THE Institute of Singapore Chartered Accountants (ISCA) has developed a sustainability...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

Corporate digest

THE takeover offer for United Engineers Limited (UEL) closed on Tuesday, but the offer...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM
EMERGING ENTERPRISE 2017

A-Plus doesn't come easy for this homegrown firm

CARVING out a niche in food and e-commerce has helped A-Plus Automation make a name for...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

Keppel Land buying prime site in Jakarta CBD for 586b rupiah

KEPPEL Land is buying a prime spot in Jakarta's central business district, on which...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

ST Telemedia unit begins construction of sixth Singapore data centre

ST Telemedia Global Data Centres (STT GDC) has started construction of its sixth data...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM
STOCKS

STI pulls back as Fed ponders tightening

THE Straits Times Index on Tuesday took its cue from movements in the Dow futures and the...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

Brokers' take

Thailand announced new excise taxes, which roughly translate to 1-5 per cent of average...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM
CURRENCIES

Dollar hits 8-week high against yen as Fed meets

The yen, which gains in times of crisis because Japan is the world's largest...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

REAL ESTATE

Keppel Land buying prime site in Jakarta CBD for 586b rupiah

KEPPEL Land is buying a prime spot in Jakarta's central business district, on which...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

Ascott eyes nearly 4,700 units in Malaysia by 2023

WITH demand from corporate and leisure travellers for serviced residences growing in...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

Buying a home? Compare building quality scores on BCA website

HOME buyers in Singapore can now search for and compare the quality of workmanship of...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

Billionaire Leong said to buy London building for £250m

HONG KONG billionaire Angela Leong has bought a historic building in London's...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

China's small and weak developers may be hurt by 250b yuan bond puts

CHINESE property developers face a wall of local bonds that investors can force them to...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

Exceeding its own sustainability targets

REAL estate juggernaut CapitaLand knows a thing or two about reach exceeding its grasp...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

BANKING & FINANCE

Equifax suffered hack earlier than disclosed

EQUIFAX Inc learned about a major breach of its computer systems in March - almost five...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

Dividend sanctity takes a hit in Australia, world's top yielding market

TELSTRA Corp is challenging Australia's addiction to dividends...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

Deutsche Bank CEO faces board grilling

TWO years into the job as Deutsche Bank's chief executive, John Cryan faces its...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

China boosts purchases of US Treasuries in July

CHINA ramped up purchases of US Treasuries for a sixth straight month in July, data from...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM
COMMENTARY

Good time for investors to take stock

NOT too hot, not too cold. Our macroeconomic environment today can be described in the...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

ENERGY & COMMODITIES

Far from the Texas coast, Hurricane Harvey hits oil refiners

THREE weeks after Hurricane Harvey ravaged the massive fuel-making industry along the...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

Egypt plays down poppy seed spat threatening wheat supply

EGYPT moved to ease a dispute over poppy seeds in wheat cargoes after a spat with...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

Bayer, Viking make record bet on agricultural tech

BAYER AG is joining with hedge-fund giant Viking Global Investors for a record wager in...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

Utilities line up to profit from 'slowest trainwreck' in history

THE unrelenting plunge of power prices will benefit companies that can withstand new...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

TECHNOLOGY

Google shuffles top policy team amid ongoing antitrust cases

CAROLINE Atkinson, an experienced diplomat Google hired last year to steer its global...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

Mobile, cashless payments will drive new economy

MOBILE and cashless payments will be a mainstay of the new economy, says Stripe SEA head...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

Google offers to auction off shopping ad spots to rivals

GOOGLE has offered to display rival comparison shopping sites via an auction, as it aims...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

Hackers compromised free CCleaner software

HACKERS broke into British company Piriform's free software for optimising computer...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

Insurers go from grudge to nudge with the help of real-time tech

INSURERS are counting on real-time technology to help them cut back payouts, from a...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

CONSUMER

S Korean cosmetics giant revamps products to target S-E Asia

SOUTH Korea's biggest cosmetics maker is revamping its products to suit Muslims and...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

French Connection's profit falls as store closures hit sales

BRITISH fashion retailer French Connection Group reported a drop in profit for the half-...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

Giorgio Armani says successor need not be Italian

OCTOGENARIAN fashion designer Giorgio Armani said on Monday the image of his brand might...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

TRANSPORT

STRAIT TALK

Buzzwords from a shipping talk fest

AS anybody who reads this column regularly will know, your correspondent was awaiting the...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

Ryanair scrambles to contain damage from cancellation fiasco

RYANAIR Holdings plc sought to contain the damage caused by scrapping hundreds of flights...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

Canadian PM threatens to halt Boeing F-18 deal over Bombardier dispute

PRIME Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada won't buy Boeing Co fighter jets while the...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

Car-mad Germany cool towards tech gizmos of driverless cars

GERMAN carmakers are showing off their self-driving cars at the IAA international auto...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

GOVERNMENT & ECONOMY

China boosts purchases of US Treasuries in July

CHINA ramped up purchases of US Treasuries for a sixth straight month in July, data from...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

Indonesia to trace and tax assets kept hidden during amnesty

INDONESIA'S government has issued new regulations aimed at tracing and taxing the...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

BOE's Carney says UK rate hike looms in Brexit-hobbled economy

BREXIT, which prompted Mark Carney to cut UK interest rates for the first time in seven...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

Baht pits Bank of Thailand against government on rate cut

A PUBLIC rift between Thailand's central bank and the government on interest rates...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

Weak wage growth has Aussies stuck in debt trap

AUSTRALIANS' average weekly household income grew by A$213 (S$230) between 2004 and...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

S'pore, China establish framework for resolving Belt and Road disputes

SINGAPORE and China are coming together to help businesses resolve cross-border disputes...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

LIFE & CULTURE

Coffee rivals square off in Italy ahead of Starbucks invasion

TWO of Italy's biggest coffee houses are reinforcing their brands with flagship...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

Scientists a step closer to colouring butterflies' wings

ONLY nature can paint the gorgeous colours and patterns on a butterfly's wings. But...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

Chinese skiers cool off at world's largest indoor ski park

IT was a hot summer afternoon in Harbin and tourists strolled cobblestone streets with...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

EXECUTIVE MONEY

COMMENTARY

Good time for investors to take stock

NOT too hot, not too cold. Our macroeconomic environment today can be described in the...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

Wall St bond gurus may be wrong about QE unwind

ON Wall Street, the conventional wisdom is that once the Federal Reserve finally starts...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

Disrupting the stock exchange

"IT SEEMS like a way of living in hell without dying." That was the way James...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

OPINION

HOCK LOCK SIEW

US Reits headed here can only be a good thing

IT was certainly good news for the Singapore market when Keppel Capital, the asset...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM
STRAIT TALK

Buzzwords from a shipping talk fest

AS anybody who reads this column regularly will know, your correspondent was awaiting the...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

When CFOs are more than number crunchers

THERE is a revolution brewing in finance departments. Activist investors are pressuring...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM
EDITORIAL

Global markets in for some shocks as a result of monetary tapering

THE "Great Taper" is about to begin, it seems, as key central bank policymakers...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM
THE BOTTOM LINE

UN should ensure that it is not dominated by China

LAST week, China's official People's Daily published an essay by Foreign...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM

Taking steps for disclosure regime to work in Singapore

WE operate a disclosure-based regime, but it is not a one-size-fits-all regime. The...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM
COMMENTARY

Merkel looks to make history with fourth win

GERMAN Chancellor Angela Merkel is seeking to make history on Sunday with a fourth...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM
COMMENTARY

Having women as directors has clear advantages

GENDER diversity in the workplace is certainly a global issue, but while intentions in...
PUBLISHED Sep 20, 2017 05:50 AM
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