Tech

Big Brother is creating a two-tier society in China

(Sept 26): Even for Chinese authorities, who have long tried to limit the influence of foreign media and ideas, last week marked an escalation.

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Bumitama Agri delivers attractive ROE, aims for steady growth with young trees

SINGAPORE (Sept 24): In 2012, a billboard advertisement in Raffles Place for Bumitama Agri carried an eye-catching slogan: “Mum was wrong. Slow and steady doesn’t win the race.” The oil palm grower was listed on the Singapore Exchange that year, propelling the controlling Lim family of Indonesia and their family-owned conglomerate, Harita Group, into the international arena.

Succession planning

After amassing $30 tril, Asia's rich face succession pains

(Sept 26): Having a grandfather with four wives can make for some complex succession issues, as Cheong Wing Kiat found when running his family’s Singapore-based drug company a few years ago.

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Stylish moments

SINGAPORE (Sept 24): Javier Bardem and Dev Patel have reunited with director Craig McDean for the fourth edition of Ermenegildo Zegna’s Defining Moments campaign. The previous campaign starring the two was set in the sunny hills near Los Angeles. This time round, they explore Madrid decked out in Zegna’s stylish Fall/Winter 2018 collection. The Italian fashion powerhouse has clearly hit the right formula with the Defining Moments series of campaigns. The debut campaign starred veteran actor Robert de Niro and up-and-coming thespian McCaul Lombardi. The men are poles apart in terms of experience, but the campaign captured the conversation and camaraderie between them. The next campaign matched de Niro with dancer-turned-choreographer Benjamin Millepied. Filmed in New York City, it featured them talking about the role the city played in their respective careers.

Singapore 5th most visited global destination for second straight year: Mastercard

SINGAPORE (Sept 25): Singapore has kept its spot as the fifth most visited destination for two years in a row, according to the Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index 2018.

Global Economy

Growing talent mismatch & productivity issues taking a toll on global labour market: Hays

SINGAPORE (Sept 25): The global labour market is coming under increasing pressure even with expectations of economic growth to maintain its momentum over the next 12 months, finds the latest and seventh edition of the Hays Global Skills Index.

Live to 100? No thanks, say Singaporeans

SINGAPORE (Sept 25): Through the ages, legends abound about the search for elixirs of immortality. But more than half of Singaporeans say they do not want to live to 100 years of age, according to a report launched today by Prudential.

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Big Brother is creating a two-tier society in China
(Sept 26): Even for Chinese authorities, who have long tried to limit the influence of foreign...
Bank of England can reverse QE without hurting economy: Vlieghe
(Sept 26): The Bank of England can reverse its huge bond-buying stimulus programme without sharply...
After amassing $30 tril, Asia's rich face succession pains
(Sept 26): Having a grandfather with four wives can make for some complex succession issues, as...
Bumitama Agri delivers attractive ROE, aims for steady growth with young trees

SINGAPORE (Sept 24): In 2012, a billboard advertisement in Raffles Place for Bumitama Agri carried a

Portfolio

Housing in Malaysia: Issue is not availability but affordability
SINGAPORE (Sept 24): There has been much discussion on the adequacy of the current (affordable) housing supply and, crucially, the lack of homeownership in Malaysia.  Statistics suggest that there are enough houses built in the country....
The calm before the storm? Not really
SINGAPORE (Sept 17): US stocks have been largely impervious to the brewing turmoil in emerging markets so far this year, hovering near record high levels even as stocks in the latter are being buffeted by trade tensions and contagion fears. We...
Macro and geopolitical issues overshadow fundamentals
SINGAPORE (Sept  10): Globally, equity markets got off to a shaky start in September, which is historically not a good month for stocks if you are the superstitious kind. That said, there are reasons for caution. Trade tensions remain high....
From sovereign wealth fund to sovereign catalytic investor
SINGAPORE (Sept 3): Khazanah Nasional was formed in 1993 as a strategic investment fund of the government of Malaysia. Its stated objectives are to “hold-manage select commercial assets of the government, undertake strategic investments on...
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