CULT STATUS

Anti-theft bags for anti-stress travel

THE year-end travelling season is just around the corner! And we're focusing on a couple of bags that we hope could help enhance your holiday experience. I think most of us can agree that getting robbed while on vacation is one of the quickest ways to ruin the trip. ...

Tax disputes threaten profit growth of top US companies

TAX disputes are threatening to wipe out more than half the profit growth of Fortune 500 companies in the US - and the amount involved is predicted to grow in the coming years.

ACRA moves service counters to Revenue House

SINGAPORE'S businesses, companies and accounting regulator has moved its service counters to Revenue House at 55 Newton Road in a bid to serve citizens and businesses better, it said...

Acra relocates service counter to Revenue House

SINGAPORE’S businesses, companies and accounting regulator has moved its service counters to Revenue House at 55 Newton Road, in a bid to serve citizens and businesses better, it said.
TAX PARADOX

The world is paying more taxes despite tax cuts

THE year may not be over, but 2018 has already brought with it a slew of significant tax reforms, heralding a change in the direction of tax policy as governments across the globe take action to boost not just investment and consumption, but also equity across income groups.

Longer practice stint, tougher Bar exams to secure industry's future

LAW graduates in Singapore will face more stringent Bar examinations and a longer practice-training period - but also greater flexibility when it comes to their career paths.
HOCK LOCK SIEW

Understanding comprehensive income, comprehensively

FOR the last six years or so, corporate financial statements have sported a new disclosure in the form of "comprehensive income" and "other comprehensive income". The change was introduced to improve the level of transparency in financial statements; and investors here are no...
CULT STATUS

Learning about cats through play

FOR those of you who regularly follow this column (bless you!), you'll know that Cult Status focuses monthly on the best products, services and experiences our writers come across - with the only criterion being that these need to have been personally used and loved by us...
HOCK LOCK SIEW

How to become a savvier retail investor

Having spent much of my journalistic focus on investor education, I could not have been more pleased than to hear that retail investors in Singapore are becoming more financially savvy and making their voices heard (BT, Aug 13).
HOCK LOCK SIEW

MAS must set right tone in CG committee set-up

IT IS perhaps fitting that, in a week that celebrates Singapore's nation-building, the city-state has also unveiled substantial changes to its corporate governance landscape - with Monday's release of the newly revised Code of Corporate Governance (Code) and consequential adjustments to...

Corporate governance: More bouquets, but also more brickbats

AT first glance, this year's Singapore Governance & Transparency Index (SGTI) points to a general improvement in corporate governance practices here...
HOCK LOCK SIEW

Corporate governance rankings can yield important investment insight

'TIS the season for corporate governance rankings...
GOVERNANCE INDEX

Reits, business trusts improve disclosure practices

THE second year of scrutiny of real estate investment trusts (Reits) and business trusts (BT) in Singapore found that despite a difficult year for some, the structures in general continued to perform well, with some even bettering their performances, in terms of their governance practices and how...

Keppel DC Reit takes top spot again in governance rankings for trusts

KEPPEL DC Reit, a data centre real estate investment trust, has held on to its top spot in this year's Governance Index for Trusts (Gift), which assesses the governance practices and business risks of Singapore-listed Reits and business trusts (BT)...
CULT STATUS

Writing right, the Zebra Sarasa way

WITH the ubiquity of mobile devices these days, few of us even take a pen to paper anymore. But, perhaps because of that, when we do decide to, we'd like the experience to be a satisfying one...

Frasers Property acquires 75% stake in Vietnam property development company

MULTINATIONAL property company, Frasers Property, said on Thursday that it will be spending 799 billion dong (S$47.3 million) for a majority stake in Phu An Dien Real Estate Joint Stock Company (PAD), which will undertake the development of a residential-cum-commercial project in Vietnam.
HOCK LOCK SIEW

Accounting-legal tie-ups: managing the conflict

THIS week, we reported that the Big Four accounting firms in Singapore are beefing up their legal services through partnerships with boutique law firms (BT, July 24). While not a wholly new development, it's a trend that seems to come in waves, with the latest crest making itself felt in just...
HOCK LOCK SIEW

Let's be a world champion in good corporate behaviour, small-nation style

IF THERE is one thing that sports fans have learnt over the weekend, it is that size doesn't matter; both the giant and the small triumphed on Sunday, in two global sporting spectacles that took place almost simultaneously...

Frasers Property unit takes 75% stake in Vietnam property development company

MULTINATIONAL property company, Frasers Property, said on Thursday that it will be spending 799 billion dong (S$47.3 million) for a majority stake in Phu An Dien Real Estate Joint Stock Company (PAD), which will undertake the development of a residential-cum-commercial project in Vietnam.

China Sky receives court order for auction of subsidiary's land used as collateral

CHINA Sky Chemical Fibre Co Ltd announced on Thursday that it has received a court order from a China court, pertaining to an application made by the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC) for the evaluation and auction of land belonging to China Sky's subsidiary, Qingdao Zhongda...
HOCK LOCK SIEW

Exit offer: when fair is foul and foul is fair

VARD Holdings on Monday posted the notice for its upcoming extraordinary general meeting (EGM), to be held on July 24, at which its shareholders will vote on the voluntary delisting of the shipbuilder from the Singapore Exchange (SGX) and the exit offer made to them.

China Sun Bio-Chem to delist

CHINA Sun Bio-Chem Technology Group Company - described as "hopelessly insolvent" by director Cosimo Borrelli in a latest announcement - has applied to be delisted from the Singapore Exchange (SGX)...

China Sun Bio-Chem applies for delisting from SGX

CHINA Sun Bio-Chem Technology Group Company, which director Cosimo Borrelli has described as being "hopelessly insolvent", has applied to be delisted from the Singapore Exchange (SGX)...

FSL Trust inks 3 loan agreements to refinance outstanding loan

FSL (First Ship Lease) Trust Management said on Thursday that the trust has entered into three loan agreements in order to refinance an existing loan.
HOCK LOCK SIEW

Sakae case: Who's blowing the whistle on corporate Singapore?

FOOD chain Sakae Sushi may be viewed as having scored a recent victory in its long-running legal battle with a former director, but we shouldn't be so quick as to blow the full-time whistle just yet...