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Taking on the big boys, in BT Weekend


MINORITY shareholders in Singapore are becoming a tough lot. No longer rubber-stamping board decisions, they are demanding sweeter returns, robust disclosures and castigating boards for misdeeds. Brunch this Saturday in The Business Times Weekend charts the rise of shareholder activism, as small investors take on the big boys with the corporate governance flag flying high.

Ben Pring defends companies from what lies ahead. "I'm an early warning, a sort of radar for the executives at big businesses," says the futurist who co-leads professional services firm Cognizant's Future of Work Center. Read his mind in The Raffles Conversation.

In the Investing and Wealth section, This Time Is Different points out that higher interest rates means bonds and leverage don't mix. And with the real estate market bustling along, how will property stocks hold up? CFA Singapore Insights' monthly sectoral deep dive takes a timely look at property developers.

If you're constantly feel guilt-tripped to say "yes" at work, ask yourself: Is it you or them? When guilt becomes the main driving force behind decisions at work, including biting off more than you can chew, it becomes a real problem for everyone involved. Such workers may seem like an employer's dream, but a candle that burns at both ends won't last long. In Cubicle Files this weekend.

Tax me if you can, Englishman. Sass & The City takes a trip down bizarre fiscal history lane, where England's weird penalties on windows, soaps and pies offer a little lesson in enterprise and liberty.

The Finish Line, meanwhile, gets a preview of the DBS Marina Regatta, which is in its seventh edition this year.

With the new Touareg, Volkswagen aims to prove that size is everything, especially in the cockpit, as The Steering Column discovers.

And in our Health page, an ear-nose-throat specialist explains how hearing loss occurs.

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