Wednesday, Feb 21, 2018

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SINGAPORE BUDGET 2018

Singapore Budget 2018: Infrastructure bond financing could turbo-charge Singapore debt market

THE just-announced policy for statutory boards and government companies to issue bonds to...
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SINGAPORE BUDGET 2018

Singapore Budget 2018: Buyer's stamp duty hike better than wealth taxes

WHILE some sort of tax on the wealthy had been expected in Monday's Budget, few...
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SINGAPORE BUDGET 2018

Singapore Budget 2018: MAS still likely to tweak monetary policy, say economists

THE Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) remains likely to tighten monetary policy...
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SINGAPORE BUDGET 2018

Singapore Budget 2018: Iras releases consultation papers on e-commerce transactions

THE Inland Revenue Authority Of Singapore (Iras) published two consultation papers on Feb...
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Japan hopes US will return to TPP, but overhauling the pact now is difficult

JAPAN said that it welcomes a positive stance by the US towards an Asia-Pacific trade...
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SINGAPORE BUDGET 2018

Singapore Budget 2018: Helping businesses, workers, seniors and more, PM says

THIS year's Budget is aimed at helping businesses grow to support a "vibrant...
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SINGAPORE BUDGET 2018

Singapore Budget 2018: Singapore still competitive despite higher taxes: Iswaran

SINGAPORE remains a competitive destination for businesses even though it is raising...
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SINGAPORE BUDGET 2018

Singapore Budget 2018: Taxes take centre stage; concerns over manpower policies

THIS year's Budget delivered by Finance Minister Heng Swee Keat on Monday outlined...
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COMMENTARY

Singapore Budget 2018: Innovate to differentiate

SINGAPORE once again finds itself at the nexus of profound global change. World events...
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COMPANIES & MARKETS

HOCK LOCK SIEW

Singapore Budget 2018: Implicit message in buyer's stamp duty hike

THE surprise hike in the top marginal rate of buyer's stamp duty (BSD) has been...
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HOT STOCKS

Developer stocks in knee-jerk reaction to change in buyer's stamp duty

DEVELOPER stocks took a hit on Tuesday in knee-jerk reaction to news that the government...
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STOCKS

Consumer, property in play post-Budget

IT was a subdued day for the region, with the Straits Times Index (STI) falling 11.35...
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Brokers' take

WE view (the Buyer's Stamp Duty rate increase) as a mild cooling measure aimed at...
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CURRENCIES

US dollar extends recovery as traders eye auction

THE US dollar continued its rebound from three-year lows on Tuesday, on the view that the...
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Oslo Stock Exchange moves to delist Emas Offshore

THE Oslo Stock Exchange has passed a resolution to delist Emas Offshore, a unit of Ezra...
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TIH offer closes with offeror getting 62% stake

THE offer for mainboard-listed TIH Ltd closed on Feb 20 with the offeror and its concert...
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Noble's US$5b estimated loss could push creditors to accept debt deal: analysts

A MASSIVE annual loss estimate by commodities trader Noble Group makes it more likely...
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Selloff hitting the wrong stocks, says US$42b fund manager

THE market has been selling the wrong stocks.
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Corporate digest

KOH Brothers Group's wholly owned subsidiary, Changi Properties Pte Ltd, has signed...
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New Toyota magnet cuts dependence on key rare earth metal for EV motors

TOYOTA Motor Corp has found a way to reduce the amount of a key rare earth metal used in...
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REAL ESTATE

Court rules against S$17.5m collective sale of Beauty World Food Centre

A POTENTIAL S$17.5 million collective sale of the Beauty World Food Centre has been...
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Trump Jr to give foreign policy speech on 'unofficial' India trip

THE US president's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr, is making what's been dubbed an...
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Spain's property market recovers to pre-crisis levels

SPAIN'S real-estate market, hit hard when a bubble burst in 2008, has recovered...
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BANKING & FINANCE

HSBC misses Q4 estimates as Gulliver hands over CEO baton to Flint

STUART Gulliver's final set of results at HSBC Holdings Plc weren't quite the...
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M'sian firm gets Islamic stamp for its digital currency

MALAYSIA-BASED firm HelloGold has received a Syariah-compliant certification for its gold...
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ENERGY & COMMODITIES

Israel-Egypt US$15b LNG deal moves forward

A US$15 billion deal to export Israeli gas to Egypt is moving forward after months of...
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BHP boosts dividend as half-year profit jumps 25 per cent

GLOBAL miner BHP Billiton reported a 25 per cent rise in underlying half-year profit on...
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Papua New Guinea LNG partners set plans for big expansion

GLOBAL giants ExxonMobil Corp and France's Total SA have reached broad agreement on...
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AngloGold Ashanti 2017 earnings hit by costs and provisions

AFRICA'S top bullion producer AngloGold Ashanti posted lower annual earnings on...
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TECHNOLOGY

Riding the digital payment wave

THINK of Mastercard, and images of plastic credit cards emblazoned with the global...
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SoftBank working with Nomura on US$19b mobile IPO: sources

SOFTBANK Group Corp is working with Nomura Holdings Inc as it makes early preparations...
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COMMENTARY

Foxconn is manufacturing a higher value in China

FOXCONN is aiming to manufacture something different in a new location. The Taiwanese...
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Samsung to slash OLED panel output

SAMSUNG Electronics Co will slash output of its organic light-emitting diode (OLED)...
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Israeli visual aid company OrCam valued at US$1b

ISRAEL'S OrCam, which has developed a visual aid for the blind, has completed a...
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CONSUMER

The Thai rocker-turned-drinks mogul energising English football

THIS Sunday in London, an ageing Thai rock star with hooped earrings, signature bandana...
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Emirates extends jersey sponsorship with Arsenal until 2024

ENGLISH Premier League (EPL) football club Arsenal has inked its biggest-ever sponsorship...
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Guitar maker Gibson fighting for survival

WORLD-FAMOUS guitar maker Gibson, whose instruments have been played by the likes of John...
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TRANSPORT

STRAIT TALK

Enforcing the new sulphur cap won't be easy

AS expected, an International Maritime Organization (IMO) committee has agreed to...
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Two maritime cadet training programmes to receive S$12.6m in 3-year funding

THE SkillsFuture Singapore (SSG), Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and...
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Uber to renew push to expand in Japan with taxi tie-ups

UBER Technologies Inc wants to forge partnerships with taxi companies in Japan because...
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German court could open the way to bans on diesel cars

ONE OF Germany's top courts will decide on Thursday whether some diesel vehicles can...
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GOVERNMENT & ECONOMY

Relax and invest, Saudi prince tells investors after corruption crackdown

THREE months after Saudi Arabia detained scores of people in a crackdown on corruption,...
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Restive bond markets may complicate ECB's exit plans

THE European Central Bank has its work cut out this year to make sure markets don't...
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Further cut in M'sia fiscal deficit will be a challenge: Moody's

MALAYSIA'S fiscal consolidation is likely to be "very slow" and remains a...
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US says Indonesia foregoing billions of dollars in investment

INDONESIA is foregoing billions of dollars on offer from American companies eager to...
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LIFE & CULTURE

TAKING HEART

Training, employment for disabled is key to Courts' CSR efforts

SUCCESSFUL corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives should not only focus on...
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No-sweat exercise may prolong life for the elderly, says study

A FEW HOURS a week of light exercise - walking the dog, pottering about in the garden -...
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Fashion firms dither over instant shopping on the catwalk

FASHION labels may be falling over themselves to court young, smartphone-wielding...
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EXECUTIVE MONEY

Strategists unfazed by market downdraft

MARKET strategists are mostly unfazed by the recent market correction, and say that the...
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Rising yields not a death knell for stocks

The current stock market correction is closely associated with heightened inflation...
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OPINION

EDITORIAL

How much more productive have Singaporeans really become?

ONE nugget in the 2017 report card of the Singapore economy is the finding that labour...
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Getting into gear for employee engagement

EVERYONE knows it is easier to drive an automatic than a manual, but as any passionate...
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THE BOTTOM LINE

Russian meddling in US elections: Did China know?

THE indictment by Special Counsel Robert Mueller charging 13 Russian citizens and three...
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What Europe's leaders need to maintain eurozone's stability

MARKET volatility has surged lately, apparently vindicating those who have warned of...
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COMMENTARY

Eurozone trembles as Italy heads towards political deadlock

THE final batch of pre-election opinion surveys were published on Friday before the...
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COMMENTARY

Pyeongchang the platform for Asian brands to shine

THE symbiotic relationship between brands and the Olympics represents a huge opportunity...
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BREAKING NEWS

Jun 20, 2018 04:04 PM

Seoul: Stocks, won recover after heavy losses

[SEOUL] South Korea's Kospi stock index and the won bounced back on Wednesday, snapping losses of the past few...
Jun 20, 2018 04:01 PM

Europe: Stock markets rise in early deals

[LONDON] Europe's main stock markets rose in early trade on Wednesday, with London's FTSE 100 index jumping...
Jun 20, 2018 03:47 PM

Australian shares hit highest since January 2008, led by banks; NZ up

[BENGALURU] Australian shares closed at their highest level in nearly 10-1/2 years, driven by a rally in banks, but a...
Jun 20, 2018 03:33 PM

Trump’s tariffs could deliver sizable hit to China’s economy

[BEIJING] Donald Trump’s threat to impose tariffs on another US$200 billion of Chinese imports could cut as much as...
Jun 20, 2018 02:36 PM

Tokyo: Stocks close higher

[TOKYO] Tokyo stocks closed higher on Wednesday, as Chinese stocks rebounded after tumbling on trade war fears sparked...
Jun 20, 2018 02:24 PM

Singapore budget hotel startup RedDoorz enters the Philippines with US$5m investment

REDDOORZ, a Singapore-based startup that runs a budget hotel booking platform, on Wednesday announced its expansion...
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