SINGAPORE'S January headline inflation climbed for the second consecutive month to 0.6 per cent year on year - in line with economists' expectations...

Explore the core of Budget 2017

BUDGET 2017

The 2017 Singapore Budget focused on driving growth in the medium term, but it also paid heed to sustainability in the long term and offered targeted short-term relief amid the relentless pursuit of...

BUDGET 2017

A smaller Budget surplus is expected in FY17 vis-a-vis FY16, owing to a bump in expenditure. See where the money comes from and where it will go

The idea of a carbon price is increasingly gaining favour with governments as countries around the world look for ways to cut greenhouse gas emissions.

Singapore's retail sales rose a marginal 0.4 per cent in Dec 2016 compared to a year ago. Excluding motor vehicle sales, retail sales in Dec rose 0.3 per cent year on year...

Bringing new technologies to finance companies.

Robinson Towers will soon adopt the Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV) car parking system to help customers park their cars.

After canvassing for views from more than 9,000 stakeholders for over a year, the Committee on the Future Economy (CFE) on Feb 9 unveiled its vision for Singapore’s economic future, recommendations...

The Committee on the Future Economy will be issued in circumstances different from earlier restructuring reports. BT looks at these reports that have shaped, and will guide Singapore's economy...

Conditions in Singapore's manufacturing sector in January saw its strongest improvement since November 2014...

After more than five years of negotiations, the Trans-Pacific Partnership is in danger of being stillborn when US President Donald Trump signed executive orders on Monday to pull the world‘s largest...

SINGAPORE’S headline inflation finally headed up in December last year after falling for 25 straight months. December 2016 saw the consumer price index (CPI) for all items at a positive 0.2%, but...

Donald J Trump will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on Jan 20.

One hundred and forty-three years after slavery was abolished in the United States of America, Barack Hussein Obama became the first black president in the country.

Singapore retail sales rose by 1.1 per cent in November 2016 compared to the same month a year ago, buoyed by car sales which spiked 17 per cent year on year.

FOR the first time in six years, all 10 major life insurers here offering participating (Par) products are singing the same mellow tune as they recorded a dip in 2015 in their non-guaranteed benefits...

The Singapore economy surprised with a 1.8% full-year growth in 2016 and avoided a technical recession in Q4. But observers say the numbers, lifted by expansion in the electronics and biomedical...

The big picture was one of a healthy labour market in full employment. Yet its underlying fragility became more apparent with each passing quarter as the economy grew weaker.

It was a year of two halves in 2016 – worries over a hard landing in China, a plunge in oil to below US$30 a barrel and fears that Britain voting to leave Europe would lead to an unravelling of the...

Rinse and repeat – that was pretty much how Singapore’s inflation picture looked this year, with its continuation of 2015’s sub-zero headline inflation rates.

MORE uncertainties in the economy and the labour market as well as the challenge from e-commerce have continued to dampen retail sales.

The Business Times looks at events that observers think will affect Singapore's economy in 2017. Here are seven of them...

It has been a bleak year for industrial property landlords as rentals and prices continued to slide. But from the state landlord JTC’s standpoint, all is going according to plan. Lower occupancy...

There were almost 50 per cent more passenger car certificates of entitlement or COEs in 2016, but demand kept COE premiums firm.

FOR the first time in two years, Singapore's headline inflation rate climbed out of negative territory, although it didn't exactly turn positive either...

Asia Pacific carriers are expected to generate US$6.3 billion in profits next year, down from US$7.3 billion this year, with profitability varying from market to market.

The Baltic Dry Index’s rebound to an almost two-year high of 1,257 points in November from an all-time low of 290 in February has lifted market expectations that the worst may be over for the dry...

Despite headwinds, Singapore's tourism industry has done better than anticipated so far this year, with visitor arrivals up some 9 per cent year on year for the period spanning January to...

2016 has been a tough year for our SMEs. We examine how our SMEs fared this year and what challenges they are likely to face in 2017.

The SGD bond market had its slowest year since the decade began with S$19.28 billion worth of deals as investors’ appetite was reined in by a slew of defaults from the oil and gas sector and volatile...

Prices for gold fell to the lowest in 10 months after the US Federal Reserve surprised the market with an outlook of three rate hikes in 2017, up from two previously.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, a standalone episode of the Star Wars universe, is now showing in theatres. It tells the tale of a group of misfits who banded together to steal the blueprint of a...

It's been a challenging year for the local stock market as it struggled with a slowing domestic economy, low liquidity and external volatility brought on by weak oil, Brexit and the US...

Total retail sales were up by 1.7% from September and 2.2% higher than in October 2015.

A mild volume recovery in both the primary and secondary markets in recent quarters is expected to continue into 2017.

IF the ringgit was pounded in 2015 by an oil slump, US dollar rally and a still unfolding mammoth financial scandal, then 2016 was less kind to the currency of the net oil exporter for all the same...

Crude futures on Monday jumped to their highest since July 2015 after 11 non-Opec countries agreed to join the cartel in the first global oil production cut deal in 15 years involving 60 per cent of...

Turning in a slightly beer reading than expected, Singapore's purchasing managers' index (PMI) rose 0.2 point to 50.2 in November - marking the third month of expansion. According to a...

CHANGES in Singapore's consumer prices in October seemed to be on the uptick from be the only one here investing solely in software startups a month ago, but economists still say it’s not enough...

After a moribund August, retail sales in September generally made slight improvements. Total retail sales fell by a narrower 0.7% from August, but were 2% higher than in September 2015. Excluding...

The Americans have given Donald John Trump a strong mandate to lead, as the billionaire overcomes the odds at the eleventh hour with a sweeping victory over opponent Hillary Clinton to become the...

As the much awaited US election reaches its final leg, The Business Times examines some of the key issues of contention that have made headlines in the past months as Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump...

Singapore's purchasing managers' index (PMI) stood at 50 in October, recording a marginal dip of 0.1 point from September's 50.1...

Singapore's headline inflation rate stayed in negative territory for the 23rd straight month in September...

Sulphur dioxide is a major air pollutant that adversely affects human health. Marine fuel oil (MFO), which contains higher sulphur content than other alternatives, makes up the bulk of bunker fuel...

1MDB FALLOUT

The circuitous flow of up to billions of dollars belonging to 1Malaysia Development Berhad through two boutique Swiss private banks - Falcon and BSI - was funnelled through their head offices in...

A look at how the Monetary Authority of Singapore may tweak its monetary policy stance this Friday.

The Diversity Action Committee is urging stronger requirements for companies to measure and disclose diversity policies as it believes that Singapore is falling behind in the race to reverse women’s...

After 14 consecutive months of contraction, Singapore’s manufacturing sector expanded marginally in September

DONALD Trump Jr recently tweeted an image of a bowl of Skittles with the caption: “If I had a bowl of Skittles and I told you just three would kill you, would you take a handful? That’s our Syrian...

For 40 years, The Business Times has been reporting the biggest business news impacting Singapore. As it marks four eventful decades on October 1 as Singapore’s first and still only financial daily,...

What SMRT shareholders need to know before they vote on the New Rail Financing Framework and Temasek Holdings' buyout offer on Sept 29...

To avoid accidents, self-driving vehicles (SDVs) rely on an array of sensors to plot their trajectory. The Business Times looks at how SDVs are chauffeuring people around the one-north district in a...

ELECTED PRESIDENCY

THE government has wholly accepted the Constitutional Commission's recommendation to ensure representation of all races in the presidency, it said in a 49-page White Paper released on Thursday...

With the number of Zika cases rising by the day, the government has stepped up efforts to curb mosquito breeding in Singapore.

INFOGRAPHICS

The leaders of 19 major economies and the European Union are in the eastern Chinese City of Hangzhou for the annual G-20 Leaders' Summit, which takes place on Sunday and Monday. Singapore is not...

Tracing the ups and downs in the life of the delinquent who went on to hold the highest office in the land to become a “man for all seasons”.

A look at how the current weak investment climate can affect portfolios at GIC and Temasek, and in turn, the Singapore Budget.

Charting Joseph Schooling's steady rise to Rio and Singapore's first Olympic gold medal...

Three Business Times interns set out to capture the Singapore spirit

Seven entities and nine individuals were listed as relevant in the civil suit. The individuals include ...

A look back on SMRT's journey from its origins as a government agency to a listed company and now, possibly a private entity...

Billed as a game changer, the HSR will reduce the 350km land journey from Singapore to KL to just 90 minutes. BT takes a closer look at this massive joint project that will become a reality by around...

Billions have gone towards the expansion of two of the world's busiest waterways - the Panama Canal and the Suez Canal. Amid a slowing global economy and international trade, the contest is...

The winner of Euro 2016 will be crowned on Monday morning, when the host nation France meets Portugal in the final in Paris. The French are the big favourites, but a rapidly improving Portugal team...

Countries in South-east Asia are moving towards nuclear energy in varying speeds: while some have started preparations a few decades ago, others have only recently expressed interest in exploring the...

Move over, Uncle Sam. The US Army has a new recruiter – a chatbot known as Sergeant Star. The intelligent virtual assistant is changing how America engages a new generation of tech-savvy potential...

A majority of British voters have chosen to leave the European Union (EU), but numerous issues need to be untangled before the United Kingdom can actually break away from its continental neighbours.

IT was 20 years ago when drastic cooling measures were first imposed on runaway housing prices in Singapore. Since then, government intervention has been a feature of the property sector here. The...

On June 23, the United Kingdom (UK) will vote on whether or not it should remain a member of the European Union (EU) - a decision that will have far-reaching effects on not only the continent, but...

Europe's largest football tournament kicked off this morning as the host nation France took on Romania in the opening match. The Business Times takes a closer look at the numbers of the world...

It has been reported that multiple US government agencies still run on old technology - 8-inch floppy disks, which were considered to be obsolete by the end of the 1970s. As Singapore embarks on its...

Here are some key findings from The Business Times-Standard Chartered Leaders’ Survey 2016. Conducted over April 26 to May 14, the 10-question online survey garnered a total of 112 responses,...

With less than 80 days to the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games' Aug 5 opening, Brazil is still grappling with problems that include a corruption scandal, a plummeting economy, sub-standard...

Made in Singapore, it is responsible for providing clean drinking water to people all over the world who do not have access to potable water. The Business Times looks at how the milestone of...

Understand the nuts and bolts behind block chains and why some people think they could be the next big thing.

BT takes a closer look at the delisting of China Merchants Holdings (Pacific) and other recent privatisations.

The impossible dream finally became a reality on Monday (Tuesday morning, Singapore time) when Leicester City were crowned champions of the English Premier League (EPL) with two matches to spare. If...

THE Singapore government privatised and floated a number of entities in the 1990s, and none were bigger than the initial public offering of Singapore Telecommunications in 1993.

As Captain America: Civil War, the 13th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, barrels into theatres this week hot on the heels of Warner Bros.’ Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, The Business Times...

Smarter, greener and automated, these will be the key features in the next generation port (NGP) by 2030, as Singapore embraces automation, digitisation and artificial intelligence in its maritime...

Nomination Day is April 27; contest likely to be straight fight between PAP’s Murali Pillai and SDP’s Chee Soon Juan

America will elect a new president this year, an event that is followed with great interest across the world. It's a long process, and one that is filled with speculation about impending policy...

SINGAPORE is the eighth stop of this season's HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series, joining Vancouver, Sydney, Cape Town and Paris as the new host cities on the ten-leg series...

Singapore's central bank has flattened the Singapore dollar policy band, opting for zero per cent appreciation. BT explains why...

An illustrated guide to building balance sheets (and how they link to the income statement)

Budget 2016 focused on preparing Singapore for a new economy, saving its biggest bullets for encouraging innovation, offering targeted help for those most affected by the current economic downturn...

BUDGET 2016

The new term of government – in its first year – has projected its income and spending for FY2016, and is looking at a surplus of S$3.5 billion. See where the money will come from, where it will go...

“If you owe the bank hundreds, you are at the mercy of the bank. If you owe the bank millions, the bank is at your mercy” is an old, oft-used quote about bankers.

An interactive snapshot of the key numbers and themes behind Budget 2016

Explore the Singapore government's previous fiscal plans, and find out what to expect for the next year...

Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat will present the 2016 Budget, the most important event in Singapore's fiscal calendar, in Parliament on March 24. The Business Times takes a look at the Budget...

OSIM International through the years

The expected economic slowdown will probably hit revenues for the 2016 Singapore Budget. But increased contributions from invested reserves and the possibility of off-budget measures will give the...

Singapore, with its network of 21 bilateral and regional free trade agreements in force with 32 trading partners, now has its eye on more commitments that will involve some of the world’s largest...

Singapore has built an ecosystem of research institutes and living labs to equip firms for opportunities in renewable energy.

The latest development charge rates will be released by the government today. Just what are DC rates and to whom do they matter? Here's a primer. ...

Even as the global flow of physical goods and finance flattens or declines, cross-border use of bandwidth has grown 45 times larger since 2005.

A is for A big hole. Following the successful fast-selling Airbus A321neo family, Airbus COO John Leahy quipped that its competitor Boeing has to do something about ‘a big hole’ in its portfolio.

Shares of Singapore banks have been mauled in recent weeks amid deep worries over asset quality, and the banks’ exposure to China. Here are four charts exploring where the banks’ fundamentals stand...

BT speaks with users of dating apps to suss out the mobile dating scene in Singapore

Oil, in its long journey from rig to pump, affects the Singapore economy in multi-faceted ways. BT looks at how lower oil prices affected various parts of the economy last year. ...

THE monstrous controversy involving state-backed 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) may not be the sole culprit for the whiplash suffered by the ringgit, but fused together with slumping oil prices...

Volatility in the Chinese economy has got pundits from different camps debating on whether it will crash, is teetering on the edge, or will smoothen out its transition. The Business Times clears the...

Officials have described ongoing investigations into the 2013 penny stock crash as the largest probe of its kind in Singapore, but have kept details and progress updates tightly under wraps.

As turmoil engulfs financial markets, traders are betting that the US Federal Reserve will change its forecast of four hikes in 2016 and keep interest rates low.

An improvement in private home transactions in 2015 compared to a year ago arguably suggests that buyers and sellers have come to terms with the government's cooling measures...

An Arabic word which means lawful or allowable.

Robotics is a growing area Singapore is keen to push. The Business Times looks at how a university project is trying to break new ground

Oil has had a shocking start to the year, with the international crude benchmark Brent falling below US$30 a barrel to a 12-year-low.

With mounting fears over China's slowdown, BT looks at how mainland wobbles could affect Singapore's prospects...

Amid persistent industry lobbying for the lifting of property cooling measures, the government has reiterated its view that it remains premature to do so. The Real Estate Developers' Association...

Singapore's economic profile has changed significantly over the last 50 years, thanks to a series of growth strategies designed to keep the country competitive. The Business Times looks back on...

The Singapore Exchange is seeking feedback on proposals that will make sustainability reporting a "comply or explain" requirement for all listed companies...

Whether they were naughty or nice, surely our hardworking business leaders should have their Christmas wishes? Here's what we reckon they would ask Santa. And of course, we also put our...

The race to become the Republic’s No 1 ride-booking app has reached fever pitch, what with a record volume of funding by big-name investors and new partnerships added - amid talks of government...

And so it begins. As was widely expected, the US Federal Reserve hiked rates on Wednesday for the first time in nine years, marking an end to nearly a decade of quantitative easing. The Business...

The Business Times looks at how the Singapore economy will fare in 2016, polling economists on whether it will be a ho say, buay pai, sian, alamak, or jialat year ahead.

With the seventh Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens, opening in cinemas on Dec 17, here’s a glimpse of the power of the franchise.

For the first time, the US has deployed a P-8 Poseidon spy plane in Singapore for maritime security efforts. The move - reached after US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter met Singapore's Defence...

The Business Times takes a look at Singapore's new Finance Minister, Heng Swee Keat - the man tasked with leading the country's economic transformation...

If you believe George Lucas, the father of the Star Wars franchise, the movies aren't about spaceships, but about family problems. Still, what would a Star Wars movie be without the iconic X-...

A recent government study projected higher temperatures and more extreme rainfall for Singapore and the region in the later half of the 21st century. The country has adopted various measures in...

After a devastating crisis which pushed the country to near bankruptcy, Ireland is back on its feet. ...

Once the place where justice was meted out to criminals, the former Supreme Court and City Hall had witnessed many historical events. Now the two architectural icons have merged as one after...

Equity markets retreated on Monday in reaction to the weekend attacks in Paris, but history suggests that any risk aversion is likely to be short-lived. A look at some of the most deadly terrorist...

The 27th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) summit is being held in Manila from Nov 12 - 19 with the theme ''Building inclusive economies, building a better world''. The...

What's a non-performing loan and how much are banks in Singapore exposed to it? BT breaks down the numbers...

From easier access to the Rail Corridor, to community spaces, and even a rock climbing wall. These are just some proposed ideas for the 24km long Rail Corridor that runs from Woodlands to Tanjong...

American pop star Taylor Swift will perform at the Singapore Indoor Stadium on Nov 7 and 8 as part of her sold-out Asian tour. At age 25, Swift is seen as the most powerful woman in music, an...

BT Explains

Exchange-traded funds remain a mystery to most Singapore investors, even as the Singapore Exchange (SGX) tries to encourage their trading here.

LNG is a clear, colourless, non-toxic liquid that forms when natural gas is cooled to around -162 degree Celsius.

From the days of the gas lamp to the opening of the liquefied natural gas terminal last year, Singapore has made great strides in energy security. BT takes a look at the progress in the sector that...

The world's No 3-ranked tennis player, ranked by Forbes as the world's highest-paid female athlete for the 11th straight year ...

Why has 2015's haze been so severe, and just how bad are things?...

Will a weaker Singapore dollar help the economy? BT examines the issue. ...

Asia Pulp and Paper’s (APP) size, jurisdictional proximity and connection to the recent forest fires have made it a key target of Singapore as the nation seeks to smoke out the parties responsible...

Singapore's economy shrank in the second quarter of this year. With recent gloomy manufacturing figures and a hazy outlook on external economic factors, all eyes are on the Ministry of Trade and...

Negotiations for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) concluded on Monday after 5½ years of discussions, laying the basis for removing trade hurdles for 12 countries that account for about a third of...

SEVENTEEN days after sweeping to a convincing general election victory, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong on Monday announced a major shake-up to his Cabinet, with a larger line-up in place to prepare...

Haze has hit Singapore again, posing health hazards as well as economic losses. BT looks at the causes, the worst incidents so far and the key developments that may add some visibility to the...

To gain maximum speed and fuel efficiency, Formula One teams rely on big data analytics and predictive capabilities to enhance a car's performance in real-time. That is why it is said that...

SINGAPORE GENERAL ELECTION

Fourteen years on, the site where the old World Trade Center once stood - and later fell - in Lower Manhattan has transformed from a financial area to one with technology firms, residences, and...

SINGAPORE GENERAL ELECTION

Total estimated number of electors 2,460,977

Singapore's population, immigration, and foreigner policies have been identified as key issues in GE2015. The Business Times takes a look at what's at stake in this important discussion...

Would you recognise the candidates if they passed you on the street? Why take the chance? Take our quiz!

President Tony Tan Keng Yam, acting on the advice of Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, dissolved Singapore's 12th Parliament on Tuesday, Aug 25. According to the Writ of Election, Nomination Day...

As many as 10 political parties are expected to take part in Singapore's 15th General Election, the highest number in Singapore's history. The ruling People's Action Party will contest...

Do you know the new faces who are running and the veterans who are stepping away in the 2015 General Election?

With elections looming, we look back at the key milestones and numbers behind the nation's current lawmaking body...

The surprise devaluation of the yuan and a new fixing mechanism has thrown markets into disarray. For Singapore investors, capital flows, export competition and inflation will be among the most...

In five decades, Singapore has weathered five recessions, clocked 18 years of double-digit growth, and transformed into a global hub for finance and commerce. The Business Times takes a look at...

The fastest, the longest, the busiest, the highest-paid - as a first world nation, we are obsessed with recordbreaking feats. We can anticipate more such attempts as Singapore celebrates its 50th...

Housing policies in Singapore have evolved as the economy grew, the nation’s social needs changed, and its people’s aspirations rose. BT looks at how the housing landscape has transformed over the...

Jointly organised by The Straits Times and The Business Times, the Sing50 concert today showcases iconic songs composed, performed or made popular by home-grown artists across all languages and music...

Come Aug 7, the Singapore Sports Hub will see more than 50 pianos assembled under its roof for the first time when it hosts the Sing50 concert, jointly organised by The Straits Times and The Business...

Housing, transport, and foreign inflows - these hot-button issues dominated the 2011 Singapore General Election. Four years on, have temperatures cooled?

Now that the electoral boundaries review committee has published its report, BT explains how the map is drawn for Singapore’s elections, and how the process here compares to other countries.

The government has accepted the Electoral Boundaries Review Committee's recommendations, setting the stage for Singapore's next General Election...

ROBOTS AT WORK

In recent years, experts have debated if the future of medical practice would be more robot than doctor. Robots like the da Vinci Surgical System* have advanced to acilitating complex surgery, with...

The big fallout of Malaysia's troubled 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), a state-owned strategic investment firm saddled with over RM42 billion debt, may appear to be largely a local dilemma...

Singapore is one of the world’s busiest ports, with a reputation for being one of the most efficient. Are its rivals overtaking it?

BT Explains

The rubber plantation industry began in Singapore's Botanic Gardens, and has since gone on to make an impact beyond itself...

While most well-known for its refineries and petrochemical plants, Jurong Island has also been home to the occasional animal species -taking Singapore by surprise each time. ...

Temasek Review 2015 showed a 55:45 split in underlying exposure to mature and growth economies.

Singapore now has two PMIs. How does the new Nikkei Singapore PMI differ from the existing SIPMM one?

Greece stands at a crucial junction in history, but both tines of the fork spell trouble for the Mediterranean country.

The Apple Watch finally hit Singapore shores on Friday with the various models going on sale at selected stores.

One year after our photographers featured 10 completed condos that were visibly dark, they hit the streets again, snapping photos of the same projects at similar timings. Most of the condos still...

The advent of new business models has accelerated the adoption of solar energy in Singapore; a second wave is now underway

Both aircraft companies will be at the Paris Air Show 2015. The biennial event - the largest and longest-running aerospace trade show in the world - takes place at Le Bourget, France from June 15-21.

It's the little plane that could. The Solar Impulse 2 is planning to circumnavigate the world propelled only by the power of light - a headline-grabbing move that its founders hope will raise...

The Malaysian ringgit, the second worst performing currency in Asia this year, slumped to a nine-year low this week.

Investing in large Singapore-listed companies has never been easier, after the minimum capital needed to buy shares of a stock was cut this year to only a tenth of the previous requirement.

The 28th SEA Games starts on June 5, and Singapore is ready to put on a monumental show to dazzle the region.

The price of chicken rice has more to do with raw material costs than rents.

Indonesia's economy has underperformed in the first quarter of 2015, despite stable domestic consumption and President Joko's efforts to stimulate the economy by streamlining the foreign...

RESTORATION OF CAPITOL THEATRE

Cockroach nests, bats, pigeons and ripped curtains greeted Capitol Theatre's new owners when they visited the derelict building after purchasing it and its adjacent sites in 2010. ...

MCDONALD'S - the US$94 billion chain known for creating the hyper-efficient kitchen assembly line that defines modern-day fast food operations - turns 75 today, a feat considering the average...

The 70th anniversary of the end of World War II was commemorated by countries across Europe on May 8, Victory in Europe (VE) Day. BT takes a look at the economic impact of WWII on Europe and the...

An epic wave of vehicle deregistrations is about to hit Singapore with a flood of COEs.

AS you pore over this infographic - assuming it takes a whole minute - over 300 hours ( that’s 12.5 days ) of video would have just been uploaded onto YouTube. The video-sharing platform, which began...

Like in the playground game Tag where one or more players chase other players in an attempt to touch them and say "Tag, you're it!", Singapore is playing catch-up. Its IT landscape,...

Annual general meeting (AGM) season is well underway in Singapore. BT takes a look at the AGM and its place in Singapore’s corporate calendar.

Women are making slow but steady progress in getting more seats on corporate boards, although their share remains a sliver

Singapore's central bank kept its monetary policy stance unchanged in April, catching the market unawares - find out why...

Economists are divided on what the central bank might decide in the upcoming April monetary policy statement. BT takes you through what they expect, and why.

A brief guide to the key indicators, what they say about Singapore's economy, and how they fit together. ...

BTExplains

The URA is the latest among government agencies to revise its approach to computing property price indexes.

How the proposed Singapore Savings Bonds will work

LEE KUAN YEW 1923 - 2015

The state funeral procession begins at 12.30pm on Sunday, travelling 15.4km from Parliament House to the University Cultural Centre. The funeral service takes place from 2pm to 5.15pm.

In his 31 years as Singapore's first prime minister, and 52 as a Cabinet member, Lee Kuan Yew drove a multitude of policies which propelled Singapore towards economic success. It is perhaps hard...

LEE KUAN YEW 1923 - 2015

Hailed as ''a true giant of history'' and one of the outstanding leaders of the last 100 years. The outpouring of tributes to Lee Kuan Yew from world leaders speaks of his immense...

LEE KUAN YEW 1923 - 2015

Always willing to call a spade a spade, Lee Kuan Yew never shied away from saying exactly what he thought.

LEE KUAN YEW 1923 - 2015

As the founding father of modern Singapore and its first Prime Minister from 1959 to 1990, Lee Kuan Yew led the island republic’s transformation from shanty backwater to bustling metropolis.

The Urban Redevelopment Authority is inviting design professionals to develop a Concept Master Plan and Concept Proposals for Singapore's Rail Corridor. The 24km stretch which spans from north...

The government is embarking on a new roadmap to boost productivity in the construction sector, a traditional laggard.

Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam rounded up the 2½ day Budget debate by emphasising the strength of Singapore’s fiscal system, and the government’s focus on building...

What it means to recognise Temasek's unrealised capital gains as usable returns...

Noble Group came under a storm on Feb 15 when a previously unknown research firm called Iceberg Research issued a report that alleged aggressive accounting by the commodities trader. Those...

THE Singapore government's Budget statement for FY2015 has been delivered in Parliament. Next up: the Budget debate and Committee of Supply (COS) debates. To get you up to speed with what...

BUDGET 2015

A sizeable deficit sets Budget 2015 apart from the government's spending plans in previous years. See where the money will come from, and where it will go...

BUDGET 2015

A hefty bunch of goodies aimed at preparing Singapore for the future makes Budget 2015 the most generous since the interventionist package during the Global Financial Crisis.

All the measures mentioned in the Budget 2015 speech, sorted by who they affect

All of the newly announced Budget distilled into seven charts

BUDGET 2015

A look at what's expected from Budget 2015. Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Tharman Shanmugaratnam will deliver this year's Budget Statement in Parliament on Monday, Feb 23...

BUDGET 2015

The Singapore Budget for FY2015 will be delivered against a backdrop of slower growth and unusually low inflation. Domestic pressures - low productivity and a tight labour market - will continue to...

BUDGET 2015

The annual Budget statement that is usually delivered by the Minister of Finance offers a glimpse of the most pressing issues of the day, and past speeches offer an overview of Singapore's...

AS Singapore works towards formulating localised regulations for unmanned aircraft operations, 3 homegrown drone startups - Avetics, Garuda and HOPE Technik - tell Jacquelyn Cheok what they think of...

How have the past Goat Years been for Singapore since our independence in 1965? The Business Times compares how our cloven-hoofed friend has treated us every 12 years, as compared to the non-Goat...

BUDGET 2015

Why does the Budget matter? How does it work? What are the COS debates? Where does the money come from and go to? BT explains the Singapore Budget.

A confluence of factors raises hopes that Budget 2015 could have goodies aplenty.

The government has accepted the first part of recommendations from the CPF Advisory Panel, which it appointed to review the Central Provident Fund system.

What are the components of the Pioneer Generation Package, and what was the corporate tax rate before 1987?

Get to the roots of ‘Forest City Project’, the mammoth mixed development that spans 1,978 hectares of reclaimed land in Malaysia just beside the Second Link expressway.

The central bank's off-cycle move to ease monetary policy on Wednesday surprised many. What does "reducing the slope" of the policy band do? ...

BUDGET 2015

When was Edusave introduced? Who does not manage the country's reserves? Oh, the burning questions!...

BUDGET 2015

You've worked hard all day. The last thing you need is to rack your brains trying to answer the Ministry of Finance's weekly Budget Quiz...

Faced with the rising challenge to build more and complex ships at competitive prices in a shorter time, shipbuilders are turning to real-time 3-D visualisation and seamless-planning programmes to...

How the Singapore government gets and spends its money.

How does the current slide in crude compare with previous major downturns?

JAC's strategy of using condensate as a feedstock has become untenable as the condensate price rose while those of its products tumbled. Industry observers say JAC could switch to using the...

2014 will probably be remembered as the year of low private home transactions, with volumes estimated to be in the range of 7,000- 8,000, down from the 14,948 units sold in 2013. Prices, however,...

Singapore's economy grew 2.8 per cent in 2014, and is expected to grow between 2 and 4 per cent in 2015. Here are some of the key factors that could sway growth one way or the other...

2014 was a milestone year for Facebook as the world’s largest social network crossed the one billion monthly active-user mark - on its 10th anniversary.

Will the rouble rout set off a major currency crisis to rival the shocks of the late 1990s?

Pump prices have not fallen as fast as wholesale crude. We drill to the bottom of the discrepancy.

Specialty chemicals investments have been growing in Singapore, with two new chemical "corridors" on Jurong Island for synthetic rubber and high-purity ethylene oxide (HPEO). See how the...

Singapore has built up a long value chain in chemicals, with the refineries producing feedstock for crackers, and eventually, specialty chemicals.

Shrinking housing budgets for expats and a supply glut of completed condo homes are key factors that have been weakening the rental market. BT compares how much rentals have fallen across various...

The US Fed has twice tried to exit quantitative easing, only to be pulled back in. Will they be third time lucky?

BT Infographics

As the group faces challenges in the form of stiff competition in the premium space, overcapacity in the regional markets, uncertainties in the global economy and weaker yields, here's how...

BT Infographics

COME 2017, the frequency of argy-bargy between buyers and sellers of marine fuel oil might just come down. Then, a mandatory mass flow meter (MFM) system for bunker tankers that supply marine fuel...

BT Explains

The Monetary Authority of Singapore's (MAS) goal is to ensure price stability as a basis for sustainable economic growth. When inflation is low and stable, there is less uncertainty about...

The shockwave from the 2013 blow-up of small caps is still being felt today. See who and what have been affected, and what lies ahead.

The new BT

The Business Times is new across all its print and digital platforms - with the core aim of providing Singapore's business-news readers with sharper news and analysis and a better reading...

An annotated interactive chart with the latest COE results and data from the past 10 years.

As the nation revs up for the Singapore Grand Prix next weekend, a quieter, cleaner, and greener race – known as Formula E – kicks off on Saturday in Beijing.

Track how seven themes change every seven years and see what 49 years of independence has meant for life in Singapore.

While there are good reasons to consider creating inflation-linked bonds, they are not a cure-all for rising costs.

The Singapore investment company turned in a lacklustre fiscal 2013. Compare its performance to other benchmarks and get a snapshot of Temasek's key allocation...

The Beast of Inflation is growing, and CPF must defeat it, armed with nothing but Special Singapore Government Securities and a Great Impenetrable Contraption.

BT looks closer at this year's merger and acquisition numbers and finds a story about Singapore companies regaining their global appetite...

The government has accepted the MediShield Life Review Committee’s recommendations, and will table the committee’s report as a White Paper for debate in parliament in July. Here's what you need...

BT's photo essay of 'dark condos' - featuring 10 projects that have a fair proportion of dark, or apparently unoccupied units...

Where your money goes and how CPF interest rates are determined.

How the CPF has evolved over the years since its inception in 1955.

Take a look at CPF interest rates vs inflation from 1980 to 2014.

Let us walk you through the recent big changes to Singapore’s public bus sector, and how exactly it will affect the system and commuters.

Singapore has updated its national accounts from a base year of 2005 to 2010. BT explains the key changes and the impact on Singapore's GDP growth record...

BT takes an in-depth look at the world's largest jack-up rig - the Maersk Interpid. The over-200m-long vessel was built by Keppel FELS at its shipyard in Singapore...

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Business costs, fiscal prudence and the pioneer generation were among the key issues during the Budget debate. See what lawmakers said, and take a look at taxes beyond the headlines.

Take a big-picture view or drill deep into the details of Budget 2014 with easy-to-explore interactive charts.

INFOGRAPHIC

BT brings you a guide to the Singapore Budget. Where does the money come from? What does it get spent on? How does it all work?